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Microsoft drops dogma, open-sources Chakra JavaScript engine

Microsoft's wheel of change has seen it further abandon closed-source dogma to open its Chakra, thereby improving its karma. The Chakra in question is the Chakra JavaScript engine it's been working on since 2008 and which the company will now largely open-source. The release will cover the “self-contained” parts of the code, …

Dive deep into our liquid cooling chat. Just the thing for sticky summers

HPC blog + vid I recently had a conversation with Pat McGinn, product manager at Cool IT. Fortunately I recorded our chat, then matched it up with some slides to package it into a webcast. Cool IT webcast mixdown In the video, Pat and I talk about the strengths and weaknesses of four types of liquid cooling. We also talk benefits, including …
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Azul tackles Oracle with open-source Java for Internet of Stuff

Azul Systems has added a new, ultra-compact entry to its portfolio of alternative Java environments, taking a run at Oracle for the lucrative mobile, embedded, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. Zulu Embedded is a stripped-down sibling of Zulu, Azul's certified, cross-platform build of OpenJDK – Oracle's open source …
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015

Retiring Reg hack explains how bass playing = tech reporting

After 2,035 days writing 2,531 stories containing 1.65 million words (thanks, Word Counter), this aging hack is celebrating his 26th birthday by hanging up his trusty MacBook Air and slipping off into semi-retirement. It's vanishingly unlikely that I'll be around to toast birthday number 27, so this year's binary natal day …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jun 2014
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Wanna make your own Azure? Now you can: Microsoft joins Open Compute Project

Microsoft has given away the secrets of its data centers for free by joining Facebook's Open Compute Project. The shock move will be announced at the Open Compute Summit on Tuesday and means that the server designs Microsoft uses to support Bing, Office365, and Windows Azure will be available for cloud-wannabes across the world …
Jack Clark, 27 Jan 2014
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Microsoft sues Acacia for suing Microsoft

The hoop-snake world of patent trolling just took another bite on its own tail, with Microsoft suing Acacia Research over licenses Microsoft licensed from Acacia Research, but which Acacia Research has declined to license to Microsoft. Currently under seal, the lawsuit has been filed in the southern district, New York, of the US …
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IBM proffers $1bn for Linux development on Power

After opening up its Power chips to bit fiddlers through an ARM-style licensee model, IBM is pouring $1bn into Linux development on the architecture. The $1bn commitment to Linux on Power was announced by IBM on Tuesday at the Linux conference in New Orleans, and follows Big Blue letting licensees fiddle with Power chips through …
Jack Clark, 17 Sep 2013
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Intel’s Asia pivot: How Chipzilla beat Obama by decades

Feature Years before president Obama announced his infamous military “Pivot to Asia” policy, chip giant Intel had already embarked upon its own initiative to build out manufacturing and design capability in the region. Last week for the first time it opened the doors of its Penang facility – Chipzilla’s largest outside of the US – so El …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2013

AMD's three new low-power chips pose potent challenge to Intel

AMD is showing off its latest round of APUs – accelerated processing units that combine compute and graphics cores on the same slice o' silicon – that it hopes will be reinforcements in its battle for the consumer market against its main competitor, Intel, especially at the low-power end of the market. "We're working to …
Rik Myslewski, 23 May 2013
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Nvidia Tesla bigwig: Why you REALLY won't need x86 chips soon

Interview Life is what happens when you are trying to do other things, as the old saying goes. Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of Nvidia has been perfectly honest about the fact that the graphics chip maker didn't intend to get into the supercomputing business. Rather, it was founded by a bunch of gamers who wanted better graphics …

Red Hat nips, tucks RHEL 6.4 ahead of RHEL 7 later this year

Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat may be getting ready to start the Enterprise Linux 7 cycle later this year, but the pace of updates to the current RHEL 6 stack continues apace with the rollout of RHEL 6.4. Enterprise Linux 6.4 went into beta back in December and is now ready for prime time, according to Shadowman, so if you …

2013 in storage: Flash, file systems and... Is CDMI actually HAPPENING?

Storagebod There are a lot of things bubbling away in the storage pot at the moment and it appears to be almost ready to serve. Acquisitions are adding ingredients and we should see quite a few in early 2013 as well as firms snap up tech to flesh out the next generation of storage arrays. Yes, we will see some more tick-tock refreshes; …
StorageBod, 08 Jan 2013
New Mexico's Encanto supercomputer

Where do old supercomputers go to die? New Mexico

Moore's Law puts supercomputers out to pasture because power – not just the cost of electricity, but the availability of juice – is the biggest constraint at the big supercomputing centers. And sometimes the lack of budget helps lock the gate, and HPC cloud computing butchers the cow. That's the case with the massive 28-rack …

ARMed warfare on the server: Intel versus AMD plus world?

Live Chat Underdog, disrupter and casualty – AMD’s been on a rollercoaster ride in its battle against Intel. AMD rose on the strength of its 64-bit, x86-compatible server processors as Intel was penalised on Itanium; Intel re-bounded with the Xeon E5 as AMD got dragged down by IT spending cuts and problems with its Barcelona Opterons. …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2012
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ARM upstart Calxeda pours $55m into server chip war chest

ARM chip upstart Calxeda is lining its coffers as it prepares to do battle with its 32-bit EnergyCore ECX-1000 processors, and two more cores in its roadmap, to conquer some corner of the server world. Calxeda now has more than 100 employees, who work in its Austin, Texas headquarters as well as in development labs in Silicon …
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Ethernet switch sales sizzle

The server market may have stalled a bit as Intel, AMD, IBM, Oracle, and Fujitsu work through various stages of processor transitions, but the Ethernet switch market is going gangbusters. According to the box counters at IDC, the worldwide market for Layer 2 and 3 switching gear that adheres to the Ethernet protocol accounted …
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Storage top dog EMC shows off swollen Q2 profits

Networked storage appears to have given EMC a boost, after the storage giant declared another solid set of results, with revenues and profit in its second 2012 quarter increasing on both an annual and a sequential basis. There was no visible sign of any wider economic issues restricting the company's performance. Revenues were $ …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2012

Intel, AMD financials: Bad news for Obama campaign

Comment Nothing affects the outcome of a US presidential election more than the state of the economy, and if Barack Obama heard the comments made by Intel and AMD execs when they announced their company's earnings this week, he may very well have broken into a flop sweat. "As we look ahead to the second half of this year, consumer …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jul 2012
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Intel comes out swinging against $1.3bn European fine

Intel is petitioning the EU's General Court to overthrow the massive fine imposed upon it by the European Commission back in 2009, saying that the case against it was fatally flawed from the get-go. "The quality of evidence relied on by the Commission is profoundly inadequate," Reuters reports Intel lawyer Nicholas Green …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jul 2012

AMD to plunk ARM core onto Fusion, Opteron chips

In February, when the new management team at Advanced Micro Devices presented revised roadmaps for PC and server processors that were a bit more conservative than what the old AMD might have drawn up, the company's top techies hinted that they were interested in integrating other intellectual property into Fusion and Opteron …
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AMD tiptoes past sparring rivals in embedded CPU foray

The new management team at Advanced Micro Devices is looking everywhere, including under the couch cushions, to find some money so it can afford to explore the embedded systems market again. The chip biz hopes rivals Intel and the ARM collective are too distracted to notice the foray as they fight over each others' territories …

Germany's KIT drives hot-shot boffins to Klusterkampf

ISC 2012 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany is the lone European entry in the ISC'12 Student Cluster Competition. As such, they’re carrying a huge weight on their solid Teutonic shoulders. KIT, as Team Germany, is charged with defending home-country student clustering honour against powerhouse teams from China …

Boffins baking big-data single chip architecture

Some use software – caching, in-memory transactions or BigTable-style algorithms to cluster and control groups of servers. For others, the answer lies in the hardware: packing more cores into chips or making the transistors faster. Both schools are looking for ways to make applications, computers and servers capable of …
Gavin Clarke, 08 May 2012
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Nvidia: No magic compilers for HPC coprocessors

Steve Scott, the former CTO at supercomputer maker Cray, joined Nvidia last summer as CTO for the chip maker's Tesla GPU coprocessor division, and the idea was to shake things up a bit and not only sell more Tesla units, but to shape expectations in supercomputing as we strive to reach exascale capacities. And so, in his first …
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x86 chips squeeze out a growth in Q4

The PC market might have stalled as 2011 came to an end, but chip makers peddling x86 chips for PCs, workstations, and servers still managed to eke out some growth in the fourth quarter and for the full year, according to the latest stats from market-watcher IDC. The chip counters at IDC believe that worldwide microprocessor …

Intel brings bigger guns to AMD server chip war

Analysis If you want to get into the server processor racket, here's some advice: Don't bring a knife to a gun fight. And when you whip out your guns, you better have a piece stashed in each of your boots, maybe another high-caliber rifle on your back, and a few knives while you are at it for price-cutting when the bullets run out. With …
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AMD readies answer to Intel's Ultrabook

How powerful is the Ultrabook brand? AMD is betting it is less important to punters - and laptop vendors - than price. The chip maker is to launch a platform for skinny machines in Q2. According to moles, AMD's "Ultrathin" platform will debut in June with a view to costing computer makers 10-20 per cent less than Intel's …
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2012
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Asus updates netbook line with Intel, AMD chippery

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week Asus has formally outed its next netbook release: the Eee PC Flare series. The Flares are a long cry from the clunky, chunky SCCs of yore - even if the spec isn't. Asus Eee PC 1025C Atom netbook Flare: Eee PC 1025C Yes, we're talking 10.1in, 1024 x 600 display, Windows Starter 7, 1GB of memory, 2.4GHz 802. …
Tony Smith, 09 Jan 2012
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CES Week 2012: Complete Coverage

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week The Consumer Electronics Show - CES to its friends - takes place in Las Vegas this week. It's the biggest show of its kind in the world and is the launch pad for almost all of 2012's most important technology products. Just ahead of CES' official opening tomorrow, 10 January, Reg Hardware today starts its CES …
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Applied Micro leaps ahead in ARM server race

Applied Micro Circuits, a company known for networking chips and for dabbling a bit in embedded PowerPC processors, has aimed a haymaker of an ARM server chip right at the cloudy jaws of Intel and AMD. What's more, the specs divulged by Applied Micro – if all works according to plan – suggest that the x86 chip makers might end …

ARM specs out first 64-bit RISC chips

The ARM RISC processor is getting true 64-bit processing and memory addressing - removing the last practical barrier to seeing an army of ARM chips take a run at the desktops and servers that give Intel and AMD their moolah. At the ARM TechCon conference in Santa Clara on Thursday, the top brass at ARM Holdings, the company that …
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Tilera routs Intel, AMD in Facebook bakeoff

Facebook may not think of itself as a social marketing company, but for upstart server-chip maker Tilera, the social media giant's internal Memcached bakeoff pitting Xeon and Opteron machines against Tilera boxes is a marketing windfall, indeed. Facebook's Memcached performance paper, being presented at the International Green …
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Intel, AMD in HP notebook smackdown

In early May, HP released a flurry of updated, redesigned Intel-based business notebooks. Now, AMD – Intel's microprocessor rival – will power these machines as well. On Tuesday, HP announced new business and consumer notebooks equipped with the latest versions of what AMD insists on calling APUs – accelerated processing units …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jun 2011

Time to say goodbye to Risc / Itanium Unix?

Mission Critical Twenty years ago open systems was the battle cry that shook the absurdly profitable proprietary mainframe and minicomputer markets. The proliferation of powerful and less costly x64-based systems that can run Solaris, Linux or Windows is making more than a few Unix shops think the unthinkable: migrating away from Unix for their …
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The New C++: Lay down your guns, knives, and clubs

"The world is built on C++," Herb Sutter tells The Reg. Considering he's one of the language's chief stewards, we question his impartiality. But he does have a point. After more than 30 years – depending on whose numbers you swallow (these or these) – C++ remains one of computing's most popular programming languages, favored for …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jun 2011
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Nvidia rushes to ARMs

Nvidia’s Analyst Day at its Santa Clara, CA headquarters on March 8 gave me new insight into the company and how it see the markets. Jen Hsun Huang, head and shoulders Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder, president and CEO, kicked off the conference by baldly stating: “Creativity matters. Productivity matters,” This shouldn’t provoke …

Overclocking for servers

SC10 Bring up the topic of overclocking to the major system manufacturers and you hear a variety of responses ranging from ‘we’re plenty fast enough now – take a look at our _____ (insert benchmark here) that’s enabled by our use of ___________(insert techno feature here)” to “it’s just not safe, son, and our customers need to be …
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Calxeda gears up for server ARM race

SC10 The secretive ARM server startup formerly known as Smooth-Stone and now called Calxeda is coming out a bit today at the SC10 supercomputer trade show in New Orleans. But don't get too excited. The company is not talking about specific chip or server designs based on the ARM RISC architecture, but rather giving potential …
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NASA drops Ubuntu's Koala food for (real) open source

NASA is dropping Eucalyptus from its Nebula infrastructure cloud not only because its engineers believe the open source platform can't achieve the sort of scale they require, but also because it isn't entirely open source. NASA chief technology officer Chris Kemp tells The Reg that as his engineers attempted to contribute …
Cade Metz, 20 Jul 2010
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Quick Guide to GPU Computing

A big topic in HPC computing for the last couple of years has been hybrid computing, where the general purpose processors (like Intel/AMD x86 CPUs or IBM/Sun/HP RISC CPUs) are combined with specialized processing units that are optimized for numerical work. The vast majority of real work in this area revolves around using multi- …
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Facebook knuckle-raps Intel, AMD

While social networking site Facebook doesn't seem inclined to pull a Google and build all of its own servers, the company's top techies are frustrated enough with the current crop of x64 boxes that they may be giving the idea some thought. Speaking at the Structure 09 conference in San Francisco yesterday, Jonathan Heiliger, …
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Intel rattles sabre over AMD licence deal

Intel is still making noises about its licensing deal with AMD, which it claims is invalidated by AMD's corporate restructuring. AMD has spun out its foundry business, with the help of cash from Abu Dhabi, into GLOBALFOUNDRIES. But Intel alleges this means its licensing agreement with Intel is null and void. Intel said back in …
John Oates, 18 May 2009
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Fujitsu offloads chipmaking to Taiwan

Updated Fujitsu has joined the parade of chip-design firms that are passing off all or part of their manufacturing to the giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The Japanese megaconglomerate is struggling to put its financial house in order. Earlier this month, for example, it cut contractors' pay by 15 percent. And …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Apr 2009
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Microsoft puts Sun's Tremblay in SiArch

There are so many things that software giant Microsoft could do with a seasoned chip designer of the caliber of Marc Tremblay, it's a wonder Sun would ever let him get away in the first place. As we pointed out yesterday, not everything that Tremblay helped etch into silicon at Sun turned into gold. But plenty of the chips he …
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iPhone chip designer trumpets multi-core GPUs

Multicore Expo Immersive gaming, photo-realistic graphics, and HD video will soon take a giant step off your desktop and into the palm of your hand with the arrival of a new line of multi-core GPUs aimed squarely at the mobile, handheld, and automotive markets. The new designs are from Imagination Technologies, a fabless chip designer …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Mar 2009
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HP and Sun in Solaris bear hug

HP and Sun Microsystems have entered into an agreement designed to simplify sales, service, and support for customers who run - or can be coaxed to run - Sun's Solaris 10 operating system on HP's x86 hardware. Under the new partnership - discussed on Wednesday morning in a joint conference call hosted by HP and Sun execs - HP …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Feb 2009
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IBM beefs System x with latest Intel, AMD chips

IBM's high-end System x line has been updated with the faster x64 processors from both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. IBM has also updated the Opteron processors used in its BladeCenter blade servers as well. The "Dunnington" Xeon 7400 series chips were launched last September, sporting four-core and six-core variants aimed …

Desktop integrated graphics shoot-out

Review There was a time, not so long ago, when integrated graphics were so feeble they couldn’t pull the metaphorical skin off a rice pudding. Broadly speaking, the integrated graphics processor (IGP) was fit for little more than the two-dimensional Windows desktop, and a graphics card was necessary if you wanted to play games. intel …
Leo Waldock, 20 Jan 2009

AMD chip sales crashed in Q4

Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices will be disappointing Wall Street once again. But, then again, Wall Street has been particularly disappointing for the past several months itself. AMD this morning issued a terse two-line statement explaining the situation. The first sentence explained that for the quarter ending December 27 …
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Elite server makers open up for Shanghai Opterons

In the ramp ahead of the launch of the new "Shanghai" quad-core Opteron processors for servers and workstations, Advanced Micro Devices lined up some niche players in dense rack and blade servers for commercial data centers and high performance computing clusters often used at government and academic supercomputing centers. But …