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Cray to provide supercomputer to Kyoto University
News & Analysis  
11/30/2011   1 comment
Supercomputer maker Cray has been contracted to build a new supercomputer for the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.
Tsubame 2.0 supercomputer wins Gordon Bell award
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11/30/2011   2 comments
The Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Global Scientific Information Computing Center has won the the supercomputing industry’s highest honor, the Gordon Bell Prize, with its Nvidia GPU-accelerated Tsubame 2.0 supercomputer.
Nvidia Kepler GPUs to trail AMD's next generation
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11/29/2011   6 comments
Nvidia’s first generation Kepler GPU should emerge in March 2012, according to reports.
Android market hack for Kindle Fire
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11/29/2011   10 comments
While Amazon’s wildly popular Kindle Fire tablet launched recently without official access to the Google Android Market, it hasn’t taken developers long to hack the code and make it work.
Supercomputing 2011 ultimate slideshow
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11/26/2011   11 comments
Supercomputing 2011 held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.
AT&T withdraws T-Mobile merger application
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11/25/2011   11 comments
U.S. wireless carrier AT&T says it has withdrawn its application to the FCC to have its $39 billion merger with Deutsche Telekom's U.S. subsidiary T-Mobile approved
Sludge transformed into electricity using solar power, robots
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11/24/2011   17 comments
Israeli startup Global Recycling Projects Ltd. is working on a system to treat sludge waste and transform it into energy and raw materials by harnessing solar energy to thermo-chemically transform the waste.
Intel rolls new Pentium chips for microservers
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11/24/2011   12 comments
While Xeon chips are taking the high-end server market by storm, Intel has found a use for its historic Pentium processor in lower-end servers.
Tablets top Black Friday shopping lists
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11/23/2011   15 comments
As Black Friday approaches in the U.S. studies have found that tablets top consumer wishlists this holiday weekend.
EC clears way for Western Digital, Hitachi deal
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11/23/2011   2 comments
Hardware manufacturer Western Digital has overcome a major hurdle on its path to purchasing Hitachi GST, with the European Union's competition regulator giving the deal a green light, as long as WD manages to sell off its production operations for 3.5-inch disc drives.
Opinion: AMD roadmap change benefits TSMC?
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11/23/2011   13 comments
AMD’s roadmap is about to see some significant changes according to sources at the company.
Argonne National Lab still on the GPU fence
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11/22/2011   2 comments
Using GPUs in supercomputers can make things more complicated for the researchers simply trying to run their code, according to Argonne National Labs’ (ANL) deputy division director Susan Coghlan.
Intel claims MIC beats GPUs for parallelism
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11/22/2011   6 comments
While graphics processors, or GPUs, are certainly well known in the world of gaming and advanced graphics, the question of whether they can be used to accelerate computation within supercomputers is much more recent.
IBM tries running data centers on solar power
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11/21/2011   20 comments
IBM is harnessing the power of the sun with a massive installation of a 6,000-square-foot array of solar panels in Bangalore, India, which the firm claims can run 50 kilowatts of computer equipment for around 330 days a year, running 5 hours a day.
Many Ivy Bridge ultrabooks expected at CES
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11/21/2011   17 comments
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will be replete with new ultrabook models, with a show director predicting as many as 50 different types.
iPhone 4s performance measured
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11/21/2011   15 comments
Mobile device performance analytics firm, Metrico Wireless, has released its report on the iPhone 4S and its relative performance across its three supported U.S. networks; AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless.
Highlights from Supercomputing 2011
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11/18/2011   7 comments
Supercomputing 2011 which took place over this past week, in Seattle, was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Attendance at this year’s show was in excess of 11,300 people, more than the 10,500 people who made it to last year’s conference in New Orleans.
Intel Xeon E5s take 10 systems on Top500
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11/18/2011   Post a comment
Though the TOP500 saw no changes in its top 10 supercomputers this week, Intel still managed to dominate the list, powering some 85 percent of all new entries with 223 systems choosing the Intel Xeon 5600 series and 10 systems running on the firm’s Xeon E5 processors.
Marvell profits slide as Thai flood impact looms
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11/18/2011   2 comments
Marvell reported a 24 percent decline in its third-quarter net profit on Thursday and cautioned that it would be adversely affected by the impact of the Thailand floods, which have crippled hard-drive production and as a result could slow demand for Marvell’s hard-drive controllers
IBM's Blue Gene/Q; petaflops on low power
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11/17/2011   3 comments
Perhaps the most poorly kept secret at SC11 was IBM’s official unveiling of its next generation Blue Gene/Q (BGQ) supercomputer, the third generation in its Blue Gene family, with 16 multi-processing core technology and a scalable peak performance of up to 100 petaflops.
Video: Intel's Knight's Corner
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11/17/2011   4 comments
EETimes has the first video of Intel's Knight's Corner 1 TFLOP/s chip captured at the SC11 show in Seattle
GPU technology key to exascale says Nvidia
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11/16/2011   2 comments
Disruptive technologies like the GPU are important steps on the path to exascale computing said Nvidia Corp.’s CEO Jen Hsun Huang in a keynote at SC11 on Tuesday.
Intel unveils 1 TFLOP/s Knight's Corner
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11/16/2011   23 comments
Intel showed off its 22-nm "Knights Corner" co-processor compute accelerator, boasting over 50 cores and delivering a purported one teraflops of double precision floating point performance, outstripping Nvidia’s Tesla 2090 accelerator.
TI's multicore DSPs sink to new power lows
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11/15/2011   1 comment
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) was showing off its highest performing, lowest power multicore digital signal processors (DSP), based on its TMS320C66x DSP generation at Supercomputing 2011 on Monday.
Nvidia proposes GPU programming standard
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11/14/2011   7 comments
Nvidia Corp., Cray Inc., The Portland Group, Inc. (PGI) and The Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS) have unveiled ‘OpenACC’, a directives-based programming initiative the firms hope will become an industry standard for parallel computing.
Spain, Nvidia plan ARM-based supercomputer
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11/14/2011   7 comments
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has announced it will develop a hybrid supercomputer based on Nvidia Corp.'s Tegra ARM CPUs and the firm's CUDA-supporting Tesla GPUs, with hopes of reaching exascale performance.
AMDs Interlagos and Valencia finally emerge
News & Analysis  
11/14/2011   4 comments
AMD has announced the launch of its Opteron 6200 and 4200 Series processors, formerly codenamed “Interlagos” and “Valencia”, after a delay of over a quarter.
Comment: re: TSMC to teach water recycling - 11/12/2011
TSMC to teach water recycling
News & Analysis  
11/11/2011   5 comments
Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer TSMC is doing its bit for corporate responsibility this week by hosting Industrial Water Conservation classes for the local business community at its Hsinchu headquarters.
HP, Dell top Greenpeace green list; RIM fails
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11/11/2011   4 comments
Environmental watchdog, Greenpeace, has released the 17th edition of its Guide to Greener Electronics, ranking TV, PC and phone makers on their policies and practices to reduce their carbon footprints.
Thai floods to speed up transition to SSDs
News & Analysis  
11/11/2011   13 comments
The Taiwanese hardware and component channel could be badly hit as a result of the crippling floods in Thailand which have resulted in hard disc drive (HDD) shortages globally, though the move could speed up the transition to solid state drives (SSDs) according to sources.
TI calls baseband a distraction, but is it?
News & Analysis  
11/10/2011   10 comments
While Texas Instruments pushes forward quickly and aggressively with its OMAP mobile processor, some still wonder whether the firm’s “strategic decision” to leave out baseband could come back to bite it.
Apple reportedly cuts back iPhone 4S orders
News & Analysis  
11/10/2011   11 comments
Apple Inc. may be cutting back on orders of components and parts for its latest iPhone 4S, due to weaker demand and shortages in the supply chain according to Chinese media reports.
Adobe discontinues mobile Flash Player
News & Analysis  
11/9/2011   11 comments
Adobe Inc. has announced it is restructuring and “redirecting” its resources, a move which will result in layoffs for some 750 employees and the discontinuation of Flash Player for mobile. The upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook will be the last update to the software.
Sprint wants engineers to consider M2M careers
News & Analysis  
11/9/2011   13 comments
Though machine-to-machine (M2M) technology may sound like a brave new world, Sprint Nextel Corp. wants to entice engineers to consider it as one of the more exciting career paths in the mobile industry.
Facebook may open cloud center in Taiwan
News & Analysis  
11/8/2011   2 comments
Facebook Inc. is to open Asia’s largest cloud data center in Taiwan, it has been reported.
IBM mainframes add support for Windows OS
News & Analysis  
11/7/2011   5 comments
The mainframe is not dead, and indeed, with International Business Machines (IBM) announcing plans to release a zEnterprise system running Microsoft Windows applications on Dec. 16, the system may just have been given a new lease of life.
Ex-IBM CEO John Opel dies aged 86
News & Analysis  
11/7/2011   8 comments
Former president and CEO of International Business Machines (IBM), John Roberts Opel, who oversaw the firm’s entry into the PC market, has died aged 86.
Microchip Technologies meets street estimates
News & Analysis  
11/4/2011   2 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. reported revenue had decreased 9.1 percent sequentially in its fiscal second quarter, scraping in just below analyst’s expectations, but meeting the street’s predictions for non-GAAP profits at 46 cents per share.
AMD announces 10 percent workforce reduction
News & Analysis  
11/3/2011   34 comments
AMD has announced layoffs set to cut the company’s workforce by 10 percent, as well as the termination of some of the firm’s contractual arrangements in measures aimed at reducing operating costs by $118 million in 2012.
TI talks future-proofing for Omap
News & Analysis  
11/3/2011   7 comments
Tomorrow’s mobile application processor will not only be capable of rendering holographic displays, high-definition augmented reality, real-time voice translation, natural speech interaction and multi-view synthesis, but may also be able to handle neuro, fuzzy-based and even humanistic intelligence according, to Texas Instruments Inc.
GPUs, low-power pave path to exascale supercomputing
News & Analysis  
11/3/2011   5 comments
The supercomputing race is accelerating, but the path to exascale computing faces serious challenges in terms of power efficiency, cost and data security.
Intel to update Celeron lineup
News & Analysis  
11/1/2011   3 comments
Intel Corp. will reportedly be updating its Celeron product line in the first quarter of 2012, with several new chips aimed at the lower end of the notebook market.
Calxeda could create 32-bit microserver market
News & Analysis  
11/1/2011   15 comments
Confirmation of the partnership between Hewlett Packard Co. and Texas startup Calxeda Inc. to develop ARM based servers has added more fuel to discussions about microservers, and which process technology is best poised to serve the market.
Hon Hais profits sink for 4th quarter in a row
News & Analysis  
11/1/2011   2 comments
Apple Inc.’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., has posted yet another quarter of profit decline, it’s fourth in a row, as the electronics industry continues to feel the effects of the ongoing economic crisis.


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