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Top500: 'Sky River 2' still rules as graphics tech leaves HPC applecart largely untouched

The Top500 ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers has been released, and the list of the top five systems could very well be simply a Xerox copy of the previous list, which came out back in summer. In the June rankings, the number one spot was taken by the massively parallel Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2) at China's National …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2013
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Buying Solutions signs £6bn framework deal

The Treasury agency Buying Solutions has said that a pan-government framework arrangement with 20 suppliers could be worth £6bn. The deal, announced on 25 March 2010, will deliver desktop hardware, IT hardware infrastructure, software and associated services to Whitehall departments, their agencies, local authorities and the NHS …
Kable, 29 Mar 2010
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Microsoft struggles to rid US shores of pesky pirates

Microsoft yesterday confirmed that it has filed 21 civil lawsuits for software piracy in US federal courts against resellers in 14 states. The tech multinational has slung its latest round of sue balls at resellers, claiming they have used a crafty technique that it likes to refer to as “hard-disk loading”. It said that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2008
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Google launching its own navy?

About 70 per cent of the Earth is covered by water. So Google's thinking it had better build some data centers that can float. With a recently-released patent application, the search giant cum world power seeks exclusive rights to what it calls a "water-based data center". This modular collection of processing, storage, and …
Cade Metz, 08 Sep 2008
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Yahoo! outsources! India's! giant! supercomputer!

Yahoo! will start leasing computer scientists some quality time with the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world, courtesy of India-based Computational Research Laboratories (CRL). Under the agreement announced today, Yahoo! will make available CRL's enormous system to Indian academic institutions so long as they make use of …
Austin Modine, 24 Mar 2008
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US funds exascale computing journey

Thanks to $7.4m in government funding a pair of national labs hope to throw their big brains at the most pressing problems facing supercomputer designers. Sandia and Oak Ridge national laboratories this week touted their new Institute for Advanced Architectures (IAA), which will explore what it takes to create "Exascale" …
Ashlee Vance, 22 Feb 2008
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AMD names VIP first UK Associate Distributor

Warrington-based distributor VIP Computer Center has been granted Associate Distributor status by AMD - the first company gain such accreditation in the UK and one of only a four in Europe. An AMD Associate Distributor is essentially top-tier channel qualification, and will result in VIP working directly with the chip maker. …
Tony Smith, 11 Nov 2003
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Sun ships 52,000 Opteron cores to Texas

Sun Microsystems continues its march toward supercomputing respectability. The company has won a deal to supply the University of Texas with a system that should easily be one of the fastest on the planet when completed in 2007. The Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at UT will put a $59m grant from the National Science …
Ashlee Vance, 03 Oct 2006

Gawker - Texas's supercomputing Ranger

We first met Ranger in Oct. of 2006. Back then, Sun Microsystems, AMD and the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) speculated that they might be on the way to producing the fastest supercomputer in the world. Thanks to AMD's delays shipping a four-core Opteron chip, cabling issues and general InfiniBand woes the top dog dream …
Ashlee Vance, 22 Feb 2008
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European Micro Plc to go into liquidation

European Micro Holdings (EMH) is to liquidate its debt-ridden UK-based distributor European Micro Plc which is going to leave it without an operating business. EMH, the broker of top brand computer hardware, has had major debts called in by a major shareholder. EMH is expected to default - which will mean it will lose its …
Linda Harrison, 22 Aug 2001
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Bill Gates' roots in the trashcans of history

It is interesting to note the high moral tone being taken by Microsoft in its castigation of Oracle's legal if somewhat dodgy intelligence gathering activities.* But surely Microsoft hasn't forgotten that Bill Gates himself, together with Paul Allen, has also used trash cans as a primary source of intelligence? Gates even …
Graham Lea, 29 Jun 2000
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Eolas' web patent nullified

In a very rare, but not unprecedented move, the US Patent Office has nullified a contentious technology patent. A spin off from the University of California, but described as a "one man operation", Eolas last year won $521 million from Microsoft for breach of what the former describes as its "web application platform". US Patent …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Mar 2004

Sun lassoes Longhorn-sized supercomputer win

Sun Microsystems and the University of Texas have teamed to create an UltraSparc-powered giant that will crunch 3D tasks for the school. The system dubbed Maverick - also the name of one of Sun CEO Scott McNealy's sons - is based around a 64-processor Sun FIre E25K server. In the world of RISC computing, few systems are larger …
Ashlee Vance, 01 Oct 2004
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Natwest loan cut floors EMH

European Micro Holdings, the broker of top brand computer hardware, borrows money from Natwest to buy its stock. But last week the bank reduced its exposure to the distie: in future it will lend only 25 per cent of the value of the inventory bought by EMH, unlike the past where it lent the entire amount. On Friday, August 3, …
Drew Cullen, 09 Aug 2001
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Team America to launder $24m North Korean cash through Russia

"He likes to gamble, feast on Korean food and take late-night tipples of cognac with his friends. He is also said to spend hours rejuvenating from his nocturnal adventures in the city's saunas." The Asia Times, on North Korean dauphin Kim Jong Nam After hearing a report on NPR last week that a potential solution to the North …
Burke Hansen, 23 Jun 2007
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Can Microsoft teach tots digital-age virtue?

Earlier this month, word got out that Microsoft was funding its own intellectual property rights curriculum in schools. The reaction was understandably negative. The basis of Redmond's pitch was a small survey they sponsored where nearly half of the kids polled said they were unfamiliar with the rules and guidelines of using …
Austin Modine, 27 Feb 2008
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EMH – ‘ability to continue is materially impaired’

European Micro Holdings, the broker of top brand computer hardware, has announced it is unlikely to be able to continue trading as a going concern. This is because major shareholder John P Gallagher wants the $659,139 he loaned EMH back. And if he wants his money back, then so does John B Gallagher, co-chairman and major …
Robert Blincoe, 16 Aug 2001

Orion delivers first 'personal cluster' workstation

There is something rather antiquated about many of the server clusters used today by engineers, scientists and media fiends. Their high-powered computing machines are often cobbled together over many days either in a makeshift data center or an expensive room with raised floors and penguin-friendly cooling. Cables overwhelm the …
Ashlee Vance, 30 Aug 2004

Sun founders confess all during walk down workstation lane

Put Scott McNealy and Bill Joy on stage together, and you're already in trouble. Add Andy Bechtolsheim and Vinod Khosla, and you move from trouble to pure information overload. The Computer History Museum last night played host to this foursome that founded Sun Microsystems. There was so much personality - and dare we say it, …
Ashlee Vance, 12 Jan 2006