Hardware

Texas Instruments KeyStone Multicore SoCs Revitalize Cloud Applications

Grazed from TI. Author: PR Announcement.

To most technologists, cloud computing is about applications, servers, storage and connectivity. To Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) it means much more. Today, TI is unveiling a BETTER way to cloud with six new multicore System-on-Chips (SoCs). Based on its award winning KeyStone architecture, TI’s SoCs are designed to revitalize cloud computing, inject new verve and excitement into pivotal infrastructure systems and, despite their feature rich specifications and superior performance, actually reduce energy consumption.

To TI, a BETTER way to cloud means:

  • Safer communities thanks to enhanced weather modeling;
  • Higher returns from time sensitive financial analysis;
  • Faster commuting on safer highways in safer cars;
  • Exceptional video on any screen, anywhere, any time;
  • More productive and environmentally friendly factories; and
  • An overall reduction in energy consumption for a greener planet...

Where Hardware Meets The Cloud: Arraying High-End Server Platforms

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: John Omwamba.

The web has brought out hardware machinery spot-on to cloud-based applications. Some of these servers are so scalable in magnitude, mindboggling in performance and high-end in gigabytes capacity, that they even sound a little alien. Suddenly they are here and those who only thought of them as data processors without a name can now identify with them, courtesy of cloud computing platforms. Intel, through its Tyan partners, is an example of companies that have enabled this to happen through its cutting-edge processing units. These can be discussed under the following headings.

GPU equipment

The Graphics Processing Unit is one of the biggest server products. It allows users to combine the three-dimensional and high-end qualities of videos and graphical interfaces with the core processing power of the Central Processing Unit (CPU). The result is a great chain of reactions. The server becomes at once fast for remote clients to remit and retrieve encrypted data across the cloud infrastructure. It also comes up with a modular system that helps to optimize capacity by users and thus reduce costs. Furthermore, its scalability is beyond question quite high, meaning virtual businesses that start small can expand within the server environment without any need to move to new hardware. Finally, the particular Tyan-Intel combination comes with a double-edge capacity that stores data, doubly, for a rainy day...

TYAN Displays a Full Array of Products Targeting the HPC and Cloud Computing Fields at SC’12

Grazed from Tyan. Author: PR Announcement.

TYAN, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and subsidiary of MiTAC International Corp, will live demo its FT48-B7055 with LSI NytroTMMegaRAID® application acceleration card and NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU Accelerator pre-installed. This platform delivers outstanding computing performance for data transmission and data migration. TYAN will display a full array of products in cooperation with industry leading companies designed for HPC and power-efficient computing environments at SC'12.

This includes the latest microserver platform, the FM65-B5519, with 18 front-serviced computing nodes, the 4-Socket systems GT26A-B8812 and FT68-B7910, the FT48-B7055 and FT77A-B7059 high-density GPU platforms supporting 4/8 GPU cards, and the KGN70A and KTN70A storage platforms with 18/24 HDDs in a 2U chassis. These platforms will all be showcased at TYAN's booth (#2419) along with Intel 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapters, an LSI NytroTM MegaRAID® application acceleration card and a NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU Accelerator...

Acer unveils C7 Chromebook, portable cloud computing

Grazed from Acer. Author: PR Announcement.

Acer America today debuts its new Acer C7 Chromebook, its next-generation mobile computer that runs Google's Chrome operating system and is priced at a low $199.
The new Acer C7 Chromebook is the ideal additional laptop for families, students and business people that need a fast, easy and secure way to get online to do their computing in the cloud, such as using Gmail, keeping up on social networks, shopping, and paying bills.

"Today's computer users are doing more online heightening the need for enhanced security, quicker online access and an easy-to-use interface," Jim Wong, corporate president, Acer Inc. "The Acer C7 Chromebook provides all this at an affordable price, making it the right choice for families and students on a budget as well as anyone who wants a new or second mobile PC for web-based computing."...

Cloud Computing: Intel Launches Itanium 9500 Series for Mission-Critical Computing

Grazed from PCMag. Author: Damon Poeter.

Intel on Thursday unveiled a new generation of Itanium processors for mission-critical data center installations alongside partners like Hewlett-Packard, NEC, Hitachi, France-based Bull, and China's Inspur, which are already building systems based on the new Itanium 9500 series chips.

Formerly codenamed Poulson, Intel's latest Itanium series succeeds the "Tukwila" generation of Itanium processors. It is being billed as a platform tailor-made for consolidating legacy RISC and mainframe infrastructure and computing in a dedicated system capable of handling mission-critical computing in increasingly cloud-centric data centers...

Cloud Computing: Facebook and Open Compute want a biodegradable server chassis

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Does your data center compost? This question may become more relevant if an Open Compute Foundation project that’s sponsored by Facebook ends up a success. The goal is to build a biodegradable server chassis to replace existing steel enclosures.

Facebook is sponsoring an Open Compute Foundation contest with Purdue to develop a more sustainable server chassis. The goal of the contest is to build a biodegradable box — instead of steel casing — to hold the innards of a server. Since most companies replace their servers every two to three years (the Purdue contest site says four), why not make the case out of something that doesn’t need to be recycled at the end of its rather short life?...

Cloud Computing: Diablo gets $28M to marry memory and the processor

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Diablo Technologies is an Ottawa-based startup that has brought flash memory even closer to the processor — making applications run even faster. It has built chip technology as well as software and has raised $28 million to bring the technology to market.

Diablo Technologies, a Canadian company that is building a custom chip that will improve flash memory performance in the data center, has raised $28 million in a recapitalization round. The round was led by Battery Ventures, with Celtic House Venture Partners, BDC Venture Capital, and Hasso Plattner Ventures participating. The company plans to use the money to embark on a new strategy that involves building software and systems expertise in addition to semiconductor IP...

Cloud Computing: Intel Announces Intel SSD DC S3700 Series - Next-Generation Data Center Solid-State Drive (SSD)

Grazed from Business Wire. Author: PR Announcement.

As big data, high-performance computing (HPC) and cloud-computing applications push the demand for real-time access of data into the zettabytes, Intel Corporation announced today its next-generation data center solid-state drive (SSD), the Intel® Solid-State Drive DC S3700 Series, designed to remove storage bottlenecks and maximize multi-core CPU performance. The Intel SSD DC S3700 Series delivers fast, consistent performance and low latencies along with strong data protection and high endurance to help IT personnel support today's most demanding data center applications.

Intel SSD DC S37000 Series -- The Intel SSD DC S3700 Series delivers fast, consistent performance and low latencies along with strong data protection and high endurance to help IT personnel support today's most demanding data center applications including big data, high-performance computing (HPC) and cloud applications...

Cloud Computing: AMD launches 6300-series 'Piledriver' Opteron processors

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes.

AMD has released a new range of Opteron processors, a mix of quad-core, 8-core, 12-core and 16-core parts ranging in clock speeds from 2.3 GHz to 3.5 GHz. According to the data released by AMD, these new processors will offer a 37 percent 'uplift' compared to the 6200-series. The processors all feature AMD's second-generation modular core architecture codenamed "Piledriver" that allows for higher performance, and better price/performance, than the 6200-series.

All processors are manufactured using 32-nanometer architecture and feature a Socket G34 1944-pin LGA. They all have 16 MB L3 cache, four HyperTransport links, 2MB of L2 cache per core, and a quad-channel memory controller that supports RAM up to DDR3-1600...

Cloud Computing: Will AMD's Ambidextrous Strategy Pay Dividends?

Grazed from Sci-Tech-Today. Author: Jennifer LeClaire.

AMD's new design initiative addresses the growing demand to deliver better performance-per-watt for dense cloud computing solutions. Unless Intel shifts its strategy, it's probable that AMD will be the only processor provider bridging the x86 and 64-bit ARM ecosystems in the data center and for cloud solutions.

Forbes is pondering whether AMD's move into ARM chips is positioning the company for a sale. Other media outlets are considering whether or not the move is setting the stage for heavy competition with Intel Relevant Products/Services on the server side...