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November 14, 2016

Cray XC50 Supercomputer Packs Over 1 Petaflop Computing Power in a Single Cabinet

SC16, the biggest annual supercomputing conference, is now taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah and one of the coolest new products being launched at the show is the Cray XC50 Supercomputer which Cray claims is able to reach over 1 petaflop of performance in a single cabinet.

In order to reach the 1 petaflop of compute performance, each one of Cray’s XC50 cabinets contain three chassis, which include 16 compute blades each. Each compute blade is then split into four nodes, each of which contain a Xeon CPU and a Nvidia Tesla P100 GPU Accelerator. By combining the total performance of 192 compute nodes, Cray’s XC50 is able to reach 902 teraflops through the [...]

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October 1, 2016

Samsung, SAP Open Joint Research Center to Develop Next-Gen In-Memory Solutions

Samsung Electronics and SAP recently announced the grand opening of a new joint research center where they will conduct R&D for the next generation of in-memory database technology.

In-memory databases such as SAP’s HANA stores large databases in memory rather than in more traditional storage mediums. As memory is orders of magnitude faster and lower latency compared to even the latest in SSD technology, it allows companies to handle data processing and analysis significantly faster compared to traditional database technologies.

The new research center will allow the two companies to work closer on new in-memory technology research and its [...]

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September 30, 2016

AMD 32-Core Zen Based Naples CPU Benchmarks Leaked in Geekbench Database

Although AMD’s upcoming consumer Zen CPU, codename Summit Ridge, has been all the talk in the past few months, an even bigger, more important chip coming down the pipeline is AMD’s upcoming 32-core Zen based chip, codename Naples. This is important because Intel’s most profitable sector is in the enterprise where they hold over 99% marketshare in the CPU market. With AMD planning to jump back into the market, it could significantly change the landscape especially considering their upcoming Zen architecture is promising massive gains in performance.

While AMD hasn’t released many official specifications or benchmark figures on its new CPU, some [...]

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January 13, 2015

Preliminary Injunction Halts Sale of SanDisk ULLtraDIMM SSDs, IBM eXFlash Modules

A federal court in Northern California recently granted a preliminary injunction stopping the sale of SSD controllers sold by Canadian chipmaker, Diablo Technologies. The Diablo Technologies’ SSD controllers in question are most notably used in SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSDs and IBM’s eXFlash modules. These SSDs exploit the much faster DRAM interface to achieve higher performance and lower latency than traditional non-volatile storage interfaces such as SATA, SAS, or PCIe.

The injunction was filed against Diablo Technologies by Netlist, a Southern California company who produces non-volatile memory modules similar to SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSDs. The [...]

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December 4, 2014

Samsung, Intel Top Technology R&D Spenders in 2014

A new ranking from Strategy& (PwC) has listed Samsung and Intel as 2014’s top technology R&D spenders, far exceeding the R&D investment of any other technology company on the market. Samsung and Intel are also second and third in terms of R&D spending overall across all industries with only Volkswagen outspending Samsung by a mere $0.9 billion ($100 million).

According to the ranking, Samsung has increased R&D spending to a whopping $13.4 billion this year from $10.4 billion last year while Intel spent a not-too-shabby $10.6 billion, up from the $10.1 billion spent last year.  This far exceeds the only other two major technology companies who [...]

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April 1, 2014

LSI Announces Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i PCIe Flash Card

According to a recent press release, LSI Corporation has recently announced the introduction of the Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i PCIe flash card, further extending the Nytro product line. The new card is primarily designed for scale-out server storage environments and hyperscale cloud/hosting companies with capability of supporting up to 236 SAS/SATA devices via 8 internal and 8 external ports (as indicated by the ‘8e8i’ in the product name). As the Nytro name implies, LSI has also included a whopping 1.6TB of onboard eMLC NAND flash with their Flexible Flash technology to handle even the most demanding of storage needs. 

With the new Nytro MegaRAID [...]

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January 28, 2014

AMD Announces “Seattle” ARM-based, 64-Bit Server CPU

Recently at Open Compute Summit V, Andrew Feldman and Suresh Gopalakrishnan, executives of AMD’s server business unit, announced a release of AMD’s latest Opteron A1100 series, first ever ARM-based “Seattle” CPUs.

“The needs of the data center are changing. A one-size-fits-all approach typically limits efficiency and results in higher-cost solutions,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of the AMD server business unit. “The new ARM-based AMD Opteron A-Series processor brings the experience and technology portfolio of an established server processor vendor to the ARM ecosystem and provides [...]

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January 28, 2014

Lenovo Reorganizing into Four Business Groups, Separates Consumer PC and Mobile Business Groups

As Lenovo continues to expand their reach with their recent acquisition of IBM’s low end server market, Lenovo recently announced that as of April 1, 2014, they’ll be reorganizing their business in order to better “sustain this [strong business] momentum and create a structure that will help growth in new businesses”.

As a part of the reorganization process, Lenovo will be split into four distinct business groups, each catering to its own market segment.

– PC Business Group(including Lenovo and Think brands), led by Gianfranco Lanci, who currently leads Lenovo EMEA.  This group will ensure we continue to innovate, drive profits and [...]

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December 16, 2013

Avago to Acquire LSI for $6.6 Billion in Cash

Well, it’s been quite an insane year for acquisitions in the storage industry and it looks like the Avago/LSI has saved the best for last.

Singapore based Avago Technologies recently announced that they’ve recently made their largest acquisition ever, snapping up LSI Corporation at the tune of a whopping $6.6 billion. LSI stockholders can expect $11.15 in cash per share of common stock held at closing, around a whopping 41% higher than LSI’s closing price on Friday.

According Hock Tan, President and CEO of Avago Technologies, this acquisition “…positions Avago as a leader in the enterprise storage market and expands our offerings [...]

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