It was a week for chip launches with Hot Chips setting the stage for the unveiling of the IBM Power9 processor and a custom ARM-based 64-core CPU from Chinese firm Phytium Technology. A 25-core academic manycore processor out of Princeton University also made its debut from the Silicon Valley event.
Last week Intel announced a new certification specialty designation for partners targeting high-performance computing. The HPC Data Center Specialty designation is the latest in a line of vertical market partner designations rolled out by Intel in April of this year, designed to help Intel technology provider partners expand their customer base and resources. The new Read more…
Writing for the Personal Views on Research eInfrastructures blog, Fabio Gallo of Eurotech calls attention to the energy challenges facing IT and HPC. He notes that despite IT being a heavy user of energy, the average person doesn’t think of this space in that way. In fact, IT’s carbon footprint sits at about 2 percent Read more…
General Motors is bringing the company’s IT affairs back in-house after nearly two decades of outsourcing. The automaker is actively working to consolidate its IT operations from 23 datacenters around the globe (most of which are leased) down to just two by 2015.
On Monday, AMD announced it is adding ARM-based Opterons to its portfolio, the first non-x86 server chips in the company’s history. The new processors, due out in 2014, will use 64-bit ARM SoCs on top of its SeaMicro Freedom Fabric technology, and will be aimed at the datacenter and cloud space.
The software platform promises to turn commodity hardware and storage components into agile cloud-based datacenters.
Networking sage talks about Moore’s Law, switch buffers and merchant chips.
Automaker looks to Iceland for energy savings.
The combined LinuxCon/CloudOpen conference, which took place in San Diego last week, provided a forum for valuable keynotes on the state of Linux and cloud, many informative booths, and a wide array of interesting activities and sessions. On the first day of the three-day event, a panel on Cloud APIs had everyone talking about what it means to be open or closed in this increasingly connected world.
EU project offers software that makes datacenters more energy-efficient.