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Added Benefit Of Cloud Computing: Less Energy Usage

June 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Added Benefit Of Cloud Computing: Less Energy Usage

Just a decade ago, power usage at data centers was growing at an unsustainable rate, soaring 24% from 2005 to 2010. But a shift to virtualization, cloud computing and improved data center management is reducing energy demand. According to a new study, data center energy use is expected to increase just 4% from 2014 to 2020, despite growing demand for computing resources. Total data center electricity usage in the U.S., which includes powering servers, storage, networking and the infrastructure to... 

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IBM Going After Chinese Supercomputer

June 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Going After Chinese Supercomputer

The US is clearly embarrassed the Chinese Sunway TiahuLight system is leading the supercomputer arms race. Now the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that is having a new IBM system, named Summit, delivered in early 2018 that will now be capable of 200 peak petaflops. That would make it almost twice as fast as TaihuLight.  The Summit will be based around IBM Power9 and Nvidia Volta GPUs. Summit use only about 3,400 nodes. Each node will have “over half a... 

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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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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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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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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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Dell Close To Deal To Sell Software Business

June 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Dell Close To Deal To Sell Software Business

Buyout firm Francisco Partners and the private equity arm of activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp are in advanced negotiations to purchase Dell Inc’s software division for more than $2 billion, three people familiar with the matter said. Divesting the software assets will help Dell refocus its technology portfolio and bolster its balance sheet after it agreed in October to buy data storage company EMC Corp for $67 billion. EMC owns a controlling stake in VMware Inc, a cloud-based virtualization... 

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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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Graphene May Give Processors A Boost

June 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Graphene May Give Processors A Boost

Researchers at MIT have figured out that graphene, sheets of atom-thick carbon, could be used to make chips a million times faster. The researchers have worked out that slowing the speed of light to the extent that it moves slower than flowing electrons can create an “optical boom”, the optical equivalent of a sonic boom. Slowing the speed of light is no mean feat, but the clever folks at MIT managed it by using the honeycomb shape of carbon to slow photons to slow photons to several... 

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AMD Touts Zen

June 17, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Touts Zen

AMD has released a short video where its lead system engineer Louis Castro running Doom on its Summit Ridge, Zen-based processor. This means that the silicon is in good shape and the processor was taped our probably late last year with no major issues. AMD’s CEO Lisa Su has already said that the desktop version shall arrive first, and this was the CPU demonstrated in the video. Summit Ridge is not an APU and doesn’t have a GPU core. AMD engineers were using a discreet GPU probably from one they... 

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Will AMD’s Naples Processor Have 32 Cores?

June 16, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will AMD’s Naples Processor Have 32 Cores?

AMD’s Zen chip will have as much as 32 cores, 64 threads and more L3 cache than you can poke a stick at. Codenamed Naples, the chip uses the Zen architecture. Each Zen core has its own dedicated 512kb cache. A cluster [shurely that should be cloister.ed] of Zen cores shares a 8MB L3 cache which makes the total amount of L3 shared cache 64MB. This is a big chip and of course there will be a 16 core variant. This will be a 14nm FinFET product manufactured in GlobalFoundries and supporting the X86... 

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