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AMD Goes 32 Cores Zeplin

June 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Goes 32 Cores Zeplin

A few months back Nick wrote about AMD Zen processor  found in a Linux Kernel Mailing List confirming that Zeppelin had  support for eight bundles of four cores on a single chip, or 32 physical processing cores. This tied in with a story written in August of 2015 about a MCM Multi Chip module that featured a Zeppelin core, a super-fast 100GB/s interconnection via 4 GMI links and Greenland (Vega) high performance GPU with 4+ TFlops of performance. This APU will still happen, it will just be a bit... 

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Intel Debuts 72 Processor Xeon Phi

June 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Debuts 72 Processor Xeon Phi

Intel has announced that it’s 72-processor Xeon Phi now boots as a stand-alone, rather than as a coprocessor and can carry out multiprocessing tasks. This means it can be used for artificial intelligence (AI) and deep brain learning. Intel claims the bootable Xeon Phi scales to any number of processors using Intel’s scalable-system framework (SSF) with integrated on-chip fabric, Omni-Path fiber and silicon photonics. Speed was bumped to 1.5-GHz for high-performance computing (HPC) orchestration... 

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Black Hole Wakes Up To Devour Star

June 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Black Hole Wakes Up To Devour Star

A sleeping giant at the center of a galaxy has awoken: A normally dormant, monster black hole has been found shredding a star that ventured too close to the cosmic beast. This stellar slaughter was spotted by scientists who study the X-rays bouncing around the swirling disk of matter surrounding the giant black hole. The method used to analyze this event — named Swift J1644+57 — could help solve the mystery of how the largest black holes in the universe grew to such enormous sizes, the authors... 

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Will Intel Skylake-X 10 Debut In Q2 2017?

June 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Skylake-X 10 Debut In Q2 2017?

There have been few details released on the new 10 core Skylake-X which will replace the Intel Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition which has just been released. Intel has just released its Broadwell-E generation of ten, eight and six cores with Intel Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition being the fastest end the most expensive.  But we have managed to get a few details about its replacement – the Skylake-X. You can expect two SKUs, 140W X versions with 10 cores and the one will less cores called the K version.... 

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MIT Develops Swarm Chip For Increased Performance

June 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
MIT Develops Swarm Chip For Increased Performance

Researchers at MIT have figured out how to make chips faster without piling on more code. They have managed this with a chip design called Swarm that makes running programs across processors with multiple cores more efficient and easier to write. It involved some pretty complex stuff, so grab a tea, pop some Aspirins and drown out your colleagues’ chatter as we try to explain. MIT said that a program running on 64-core processors should, in theory, be 64 times faster than it would be on a single-core... 

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Astronomers Find Extremely Young Exoplanet

June 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Extremely Young Exoplanet

A distant, Neptune-size planet 500 light-years from Earth appears to be the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever found crossing its star, raising questions about how it formed so close, so quickly. Researchers first found the planet, which whisks around its star every five days, using the Kepler space telescope currently orbiting Earth. Its star is only 5 million to 10 million years old, suggesting that the planet is a similar age — incredibly young, on a cosmic scale. Researchers said it was... 

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Intel Debuts New Xeon Family Member

June 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Debuts New Xeon Family Member

Intel released yet another Xeon processor family designed specifically for 4 socket servers used in next-gen data centers and cloud deployments. Intel said that servers with the Intel Xeon E5-4600 v4 family can now have up to 22 cores and 44 threads for enough processing power for most scale-out and large workloads. Intel’s new range is claimed to be 2.6x better than previous generations Along with the performance boost and the higher core and thread count, the new E5-4600 v4 family can provide... 

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QLogic Gets Acquired

June 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
QLogic Gets Acquired

ARM Chip outfit Cavium has written a cheque for QLogic, a semiconductor firm which specialises in server and storage networking. In what it calls a drive further into the data centre market. Cavium has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding QLogic common stock in a deal worth approximately $1.36 billion. The acquisition adds Qlogic’s Fibre Channel and Ethernet controllers and boards to Cavium’s line up of communications, security and general-purpose processors... 

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Are Gravitational Waves Important?

June 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are Gravitational Waves Important?

There was big news in astrophysics this week: An experiment detected ripples in space-time, known as gravitational waves, created by two black holes colliding in space 1.4 billion light-years from Earth. That certainly sounds … complicated. But what’s the big deal, exactly? Why are scientists so excited about this new discovery? What does it tell them about the universe? Let’s break it down. The first significant thing about LIGO’s direct detection of gravitational waves is that... 

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IBM Funds Researchers Who Create KiloCore Processor

June 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Funds Researchers Who Create KiloCore Processor

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have developed 1000-core processor which will eventually be put onto the commercial market. The team, from t developed the energy-efficient 621 million transistor “KiloCore” chip so that it could manage 1.78 trillion instructions per second and since the project has IBM’s backing it could end up in the shops soon. Team leader Bevan Baas, professor of electrical and computer engineering... 

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Is IBM’s Watson Driving Cars?

June 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is IBM’s Watson Driving Cars?

IBM has put its Watson artificial intelligence (AI) tech into a 3D printed car, merging two tech trends to create a self-driving pseudo milk float. The electric vehicle, dubbed Olli, can hold up to 12 people rather than a load of bottled cow juice, and can be seen on the streets of Washington DC, and soon Miami-Dade County and Las Vegas. OK, so we know that driverless cars are pretty much a thing now, particularly as we spotted one near Google’s Mountain View HQ. But the smart thing about Olli... 

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Astronomers Find Primordial Gas In First Galaxies

June 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Primordial Gas In First Galaxies

Astronomers have discovered signs of oxygen in one of the universe’s first galaxies, which was born shortly after the cosmic “Dark Ages” that existed before the universe had stars, a new study finds. The discovery — which centers on the truly ancient galaxy SXDF-NB1006-2, located about 13.1 billion light-years from Earth — could help solve the mystery of how much the first stars helped to clear the murky fog that once filled the universe, the researchers said. Previous research... 

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AMD Finally Confirms Polaris Specs

June 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Finally Confirms Polaris Specs

In an official slides that have leaked, AMD has confirmed most of the specifications for both the Polaris 10 and the Polaris 11 GPUs which will power the upcoming Radeon RX 480, RX 470 and RX 460 graphics cards. According to the slides published by Computerbase.de, both GPUs are based on AMD’s 4th generation Graphics Core Next (GCN 4.0) GPU architecture, offer 2.8 perf/watt improvement compared to the previous generation, have 4K encode and decode capabilities as well as bring DisplayPort... 

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Does Qualcomm Need Apple?

June 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Qualcomm Need Apple?

The fanboys aka the Apple Press has been running down Qualcomm since its favourite company announced it was buying chips from Intel, but there are good reasons why the American chipmaker should not care that much. As we have been saying for ages, Jobs’ Mob is no longer exclusively going with Qualcomm to provide modem chips for the upcoming iPhone 7. The deal, while large, is tailored for some of Apple’s partnerships. Intel gets AT&T phones and Qualcomm remains the supplier for Verizon network... 

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Astronomers Find Double Colliding Black Holes

June 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Double Colliding Black Holes

Distortions in the fabric of space-time, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, have been directly detected for the second time. Approximately 1.4 billion light-years from Earth, two black holes spiraled around each other and collided, creating ripples in the fabric of space-time. These ripples, known as gravitational waves, arrived at Earth in December 2015, and were detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO). The LIGO collaboration announced the finding... 

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