Hardware

Cloud Computing: In 2014, AMD will challenge Intel with ARM-based server chips

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

AMD, which has fallen behind its chief rival Intel in the x86 processor business, announced on Monday plans to make new 64-bit chips based on ARM’s chip technology that will target data center and cloud computing companies. AMD will continue to make x86 processors as well.

AMD will license the ARM chip technology as part of a strategy that will bring cell phone chips into its servers. The company on Monday announced that it will design 64-bit ARM technology-based processors in addition to its x86 processors for multiple markets — hoping to cater to the needs of data center and cloud-centric companies looking for low power computing...

Cloud Computing: Samplify's New APAX IP Core Shatters Memory Wall for CPUs, GPUs, Processors, and SoCs

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Samplify, the leading intellectual property company for accelerating memory, I/O, and storage in computing, consumer electronics and mobile devices, announced the availability of its APAX hardware IP core that boosts the performance of multi-core CPUs, GPUs, application processors, and systems-on-chip. The APAX IP accelerates throughput of memory, I/O, and storage by 2X to 8X for high-performance computing (HPC) and cloud computing, as well as consumer electronics and mobile devices performing applications such as image acquisition, video processing, and 3D graphics.

"Multi-core CPUs are hitting the memory wall," said Al Wegener, CTO and founder of Samplify. "With each new process node, the number of processor cores on a die can double with Moore's Law, but the throughput of memory, I/O, and storage fails to keep up with this growth. Hence, the performance of multi-core applications is increasingly memory, I/O, and storage bound. APAX is the only solution that shatters the memory wall by accelerating the throughput of DDRx, SAS/SATA, SSD, PCIe, Ethernet, and Infiniband, by as much as eight times."...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft Launches Windows 8, Surface Tablets

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Maureen O'Gara.

Microsoft Thursday launched the biggest, most dramatic makeover of its operating system since Windows went graphical, perfuming the effort with a billion-dollar marketing budget. Windows 8 will be on the street Friday, October 26. It has to best the competition from the smartphones and iPads that have helped Apple and Google suck up a lot of Microsoft's business.

If the new un-Microsoft-like operating system doesn't catch on - it has no familiar Start button or menu - it could be curtains for CEO Steve Ballmer and maybe even the company. Microsoft has been late to the Internet, search and mobile and looks to be an old relic, whose stock barely moves anymore, compared to Apple, Google and Amazon...

Cloud Computing: ARM, Red Hat, AppliedMicro To Develop Disruptive 64-Bit Server Platform

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

ARM, Red Hat, Inc. and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation today announced a collaboration that aims to develop a disruptive 64-bit server design platform to dramatically lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of cloud computing, data centers and enterprises.

Fully compliant with the ARMv8 architecture, the AppliedMicro X-Gene Server on a Chip has been purpose-built for cloud and enterprise server deployment to deliver unprecedented low power, high performance and integration, with the goal of changing the way servers are designed for cloud, data center and enterprise applications. Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, is actively engaged in developing support within the Fedora community for the new 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, also known as AArch64...

Cloud Computing: Is It Time to Wave Goodbye to the PC?

Grazed from Law.com. Author: Doug Caddell.

Is the personal computer dead? The usefulness of Apple's iPads and other mobile devices has been heavily debated in legal organizations; the "consumerization" of IT has been extensively discussed. Also in the conversation: desktop virtualization and cloud computing. What do they all have in common?

The intersection is anywhere/anytime computing. Each of these technology components is a cog of a larger phenomenon: users' expectation of ubiquitous computing. Lawyers and other professionals demand "always-on" connectivity. Consider that just a few years ago the definition of a mobile user was someone connecting online from home — or perhaps a hotel room, or a client's office. What they have in common: a physical location and, often, a hardwired connection to the Internet. Today's definition of mobility is "everywhere," from a taxi or walking down a street...

Faster chips 'cut cloud-computing bills'

Grazed from BBC. Author: Editorial Staff.

Users could cut 30% off their bills for on-demand computer services by working out what sort of chip is on the servers they are renting, research suggests. On-demand, or cloud, services are built around what are advertised as clusters of generic computer servers.

But analysis reveals that some clusters are 40% faster than supposedly identical groups of machines. The statistics were gathered by working out which processors were used in the hardware behind the cloud service...

Cloud Computing: Hands-On Review of Samsung Chromebook

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Thomas Claburn.

Google's latest Chrome OS device, the third-generation Samsung Chromebook, isn't quite disposable, but it's so affordably priced--$249, or $330 with 3G--that you could drop it and live with yourself. All your valuable data would be safe in some distant data center.

When Google senior VP Sundar Pichai introduced the new Samsung Chromebook at a media event in San Francisco on Thursday, he said, "To us, Chrome OS represents the most distilled form of cloud computing we can find."...

The Cloud Versus The Device

Grazed from The Motley Fool.  Author: Dennis Ehrman.

Ever since Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) introduced Google Apps, the company has made increasing inroads at changing how businesses, governments and individuals work. Where the classic software model, most completely embodied by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), has persisted for decades, cloud computing is gaining acceptance rapidly. Given the clear dichotomy between these two models, we now have a framework by which to consider how the next advances in computing will take place.

Not only is this inquiry an interesting intellectual exercise, recent and pending events are likely to see these approaches do battle. By examining the central questions now, we will be better equipped to profit from both the success of the ultimate winner and the path that leads us there. Representing the cloud is the recently announced Chromebook from Samsung, and representing the device is the Microsoft Surface, set to be released on October 26...

Cloud Computing: Wither the hard drive? Facebook's secret plans for flash memory

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Facebook is planning to rely more on flash drives in places where most companies have used spinning disk, and based on conversations with sources and hints from Facebook, I think one of those places will be in Facebook’s cold-storage photo facility it’s building in Oregon.

Facebook has flash memory on the brain. The social network, which has helped rethink server design for its operations and is designing a new type of infrastructure from the ground up for storing infrequently accessed photos, is thinking about “more use cases for flash,” said Jay Parikh, vice president of engineering and infrastructure...

Cloud Computing: For Dell, Consolidation Is Innovation

Grazed from New York Times. Author: Quentin Hardy.

Dell announced Thursday a combination server, data storage and networking device, Active System 800. Dell hopes the glossy black rack, fast and flashy, will fare well against similar products from Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and I.B.M. While the market sorts out which company wins, take a minute to admire what this trend says about tech.

For one thing, as cloud computing really starts to catch on, it is getting hard to tell the difference between innovation and consolidation. Dell’s “Active Infrastructure Family” of computers is a result of acquisitions the company has made in the past few years in storage, networking and software. Many of those companies would have been purchased by Dell’s competitors if Dell hadn’t got there first. Moving into the new era of cloud computing also involves rolling up the old era of separate computer businesses...