Articles about x86

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Hypervisor headaches: Hosts hosed by x86 exception bugs

Various hypervisors and operating systems are scrambling to patch around an x86 bug that lets an admin-level guest crash the underlying CPU, causing a denial-of-service to anyone else on the same machine. The issue, described here, is that with some x86 CPUs, an attacker with kernel-mode code execution privileges on a guest …
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HDS turns its back to ASICs: Storage vaults to rely on x86 sans magic

With its greatly expanded VSP G-line of products, Hitachi Data Systems has opened a path to a single converged enterprise storage array platform – and has done so by eliminating proprietary hardware dependencies. The high-end VSP G1000 has a handful of ASICs for hardware acceleration and a PCIe backplane with similar custom …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2015
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Alcatel-Lucent buries EDGE routers in x86 server fleet

Alcatel-Lucent is the latest firm to announce that it's turning its entire routing code base into a virtual router to run on x86 server platforms. The VSR (Virtualized Service Router) is described by the company as a “suite of software applications” based on the company's non-stop routing code, and the company's planning a …
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ioSafe releases x86 server for the 'we don't have a geek with a screwdriver' crowd

Review ioSafe, which you may remember from a delightful prior experiment in which I set one of its storage units on fire has launched a new product. This delightful new device, the BDR 515, is based on a dual core Intel i5 platform with 16GB of RAM and runs a full version of Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. BDR in this case can be …
Trevor Pott, 03 Feb 2016
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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

32c3 Security concerns around Intel's x86 processors – such as the company's decision to force the secretive Management Engine microcontroller onto its silicon – have raised fundamental questions about trust in personal computers, whatever architectures they may be based upon. Youtube Video The founder of Invisible Things Labs, …
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Ex-IBM x86 server chap joins flash-in-the-DRAM upstart

+Comment IBM x86 server veteran Alex Yost has joined Diablo Technologies as president and will manage the product lines and marketing. Yost spent 18 years at IBM, rising to be its VP for Strategy and Alliances for the x86/Pure Systems product lines, before Lenovo bought the x86 server business. According to his new firm, he was …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2014

Right, we've bagged IBM’s X86 server biz... now what? – Lenovo

Now that Lenovo has IBM’s X86 server business, it’s able to freely participate in partnerships with storage suppliers. Does it view storage as a market into which it can expand? Although not a storage vendor in the mainstream array sense Lenovo does have a number of storage product lines: PX2-300D and PX4-400D NVR video …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015

Lenovo to finish $2.1bn IBM x86 server gobble in October

Lenovo will finally get to close the deal on IBM’s x86 server division on 1 October – after slicing a few hundred million off the price tag. The Chinese tech firm will finish the acquisition with a closing purchase price of $2.1bn, which is a little lower than the original $2.3bn price tag because of a change in the valuation of …

IBM's ownership of x86 biz comes to a bloody end

Lenovo execs must be counting down the days before they can grab the System x business from IBM across Europe as it continues to disproportionately bleed unit sales and revenues in a tough market. Gartner Q3 EMEA market stats show recovery in the prior three months was nothing but a flash in the pan: shipments fell four per cent …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2014
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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

US regulators have given the thumbs-up to IBM's sale of its x86-based System x server business to China's Lenovo, Big Blue announced on Friday. "The approval of the $2.3 billion sale to Lenovo enables IBM to focus on system and software innovations that bring new kinds of value to IBM clients in areas such as cognitive …
Neil McAllister, 16 Aug 2014
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HP: Customers, partners are fleeing IBM x86 since Lenovo System x bid

HP claims it has bagged hundreds of IBM x86 customers worldwide following Lenovo's $2.3bn bid for Big Blue's System x. The Channel cannot verify whether this is linked to the pending sale of IBM's volume server business, or just par for the course in a competitive environment, but HP is keen to talk up the effects of the deal …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2014

AMD's new Carrizo: The x86 notebook processor that thinks it's a GPU

ISSCC 2015 AMD claims its new x86-powered Carrizo system-on-chip for notebooks has more transistors and yet consumes less power than the previous generation Kaveri – and has shown off some of its engineering to help back that up. In time for this week's International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, AMD has …
Chris Williams, 24 Feb 2015

IBM x86 sale will disrupt customers and the channel, shrieks Fujitsu

Channel partners and customers of IBM's x86 biz should brace themselves for a period of uncertainty and unpredictability as Lenovo prepares to wolf down the division, rival server maker Fujitsu is warning. The Chinese firm stumped up $2.3bn for the Intel-based volume server unit last month, although the deal is awaiting …
Paul Kunert, 10 Feb 2014
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IBM to shutter Greenock x86 line after sale to Lenovo - reports

Mystery still surrounds one of the UK's last server production outposts in the Silicon Glen amid reports of IBM shuttering the Greenock site when Lenovo acquires its x86 division. According to local newspaper Greenock Telegraph, workers at the plant are bracing themselves for closure with manufacturing set to move to China once …
Paul Kunert, 03 Mar 2014

Lenovo chops up biz groups after gobbling IBM x86 servers

Enterprise tech wannabe Lenovo has carved its business into four divisions just a week after it coughed $2.3bn for IBM's x86 server biz, a deal which is awaiting approval from regulators. The Chinese firm created PC, Mobile, and Enterprise Groups as well as the slightly bizarrely named Ecosystem and Cloud Services unit, it …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jan 2014

China reveals home-grown supercomputer chips after Intel x86 ban

ISC 2015 Computer design guru Yutong Lu has outlined her blueprints for China's homegrown supercomputer chips following a US ban on Intel processor exports to the Middle Kingdom. In April it emerged that Uncle Sam had forbidden Intel from shipping high-end Xeon and Xeon Phi parts to China's defense labs and other areas of its …
Chris Williams, 15 Jul 2015
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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

The volume of noise from anxious biz customers and some channel types over Lenovo's buy of IBM's x86 server biz is deafening the ears of those gentle folk at HP. At least that is what Bill Veghte, global boss of HP's enterprise biz, told us, and given rivals' efforts to highlight HP's slips in recent years who can blame him for …
Paul Kunert, 11 Apr 2014

HP: Our NonStop servers will be rock solid – even when running on x86

HP has announced that it plans to port its fault-tolerant NonStop server technology to the x86 architecture, in a move that should both reduce price tags in the NonStop product line and help HP further distance itself from Intel's all-but-stagnant Itanium platform. HP is by far the world's leading Itanium vendor, accounting …
Neil McAllister, 04 Nov 2013
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Microsoft claims x86 hypervisor market lead

With Windows 8 struggling to win fans and Windows Phone failing to set the world alight, Microsoft takes its wins where it can these days. Little wonder then that Redmond is keen to point out that it has become the number one hypervisor vendor on x86 … in Latin American during the third quarter of 2013. Redmond's source for …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Feb 2014
Russia

Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

Russian news outlet Kommersant has reported that the nation's government wants to ditch Intel and AMD processors in favour of a locally-developed ARM effort. The outlet's report suggests three state-owned Russian companies are banding together to develop to be called “Baikal” that will use ARM's 64-bit kernel Cortex A-57 as its …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014

Patch this braXen bug: Hypervisor hole lets guest VMs hijack hosts

The Xen hypervisor project today released nine security patches that should be applied ASAP – particularly the one that stops guest virtual machines seizing control of host servers. That vulnerability – XSA-148 – can be exploited by a paravirtualized guest to manipulate the memory layout of the underlying system, and …
Chris Williams, 29 Oct 2015
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Slideshow: A History of Intel x86 in 20 CPUs

Would there have been a PC revolution had Intel decided in the late 1960s to stick to making memory chips and turn its back on microprocessors? Almost certainly, but the company did get into CPUs and IBM chose its 8088 chip to build into its first Personal Computer, the 5150. The 8088 and its sibling, the 8086, evolved from the …
Hard Reg, 12 Nov 2012
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Rejoice, Penguinistas, Linux 4.4 is upon us

Version 4.4 of the Linux kernel has been finalised and released into the wild. Emperor Penguin Linus Torvalds announced the release on Sunday evening, US time. What's new this time around? Support for GPUs seem the headline item, with plenty of new drivers and hooks for AMD kit. Perhaps most notable is the adoption of the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2016
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Report: IBM, Lenovo x86 server deal hits the skids

Only late last week, the scuttlebutt was that IBM and Lenovo Group were moving along at a rapid pace so Big Blue could offload all or part of its System x x86 server business to the Chinese builder. Now, the latest word is that the deal has stalled as the two companies are haggling about the price. The first rumors about a …

AMD chief architect Jim Keller quits chipmaker – again

AMD's top microprocessor architect Jim Keller has walked from the chip vendor, just months after the company unveiled a shift in strategy to reinvest in high-end FX CPUs. Keller quit on Friday, having returned to AMD in 2012 after most recently working at Apple. It's unclear why the industry veteran has walked away from the …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2015
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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

Linus Torvalds has loosed Linux 4.2-rc1 upon a waiting world, and rates it the biggest release candidate ever in terms of the volume of new code it contains. The Linux Lord writes that “if you count the size in pure number of lines changed, this really seems to be the biggest rc we've ever had, with over a million lines added …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jul 2015

Google licks its lips at sight of Qualcomm's 64-bit server ARM chips

Google is reportedly about to give a conditional thumbs up to Qualcomm's 64-bit ARM chips for servers. San Diego-headquartered Qualy showed off prototype 24-core ARMv8 processors in October. At the time, Qualcomm's Anand Chandrasekher said the chips will try to balance "performance, acceptable power-compute density, and cost …
Chris Williams, 03 Feb 2016

IBM selling x86 server business to Lenovo?

There are rumors swirling around, again, that IBM is looking to sell off all or a portion of its x86 server business to Chinese PC maker and server partner Lenovo Group. US channel mag CRN caught wind of something going down between IBM and Lenovo on Thursday and referenced an anonymous source with knowledge of the talks now …

Whatever Android-ChromeOS mashup looks like, it's gotta be better looking than this

Screenshots If you've ever wondered what Android would look like as a desktop PC OS, then try this for size: Remix OS from China. It's a very rough-around-the-edges build of Android-x86 – an ongoing port of Google's open-source OS from ARM gadgets to x86 PCs – with some closed-source stuff to create a multitasking desktop with moving …
Chris Williams, 13 Jan 2016

UK's non-x86 server sales dive off cliff, vendors take a hit

Growth in the UK server market evaporated in Q2 as x86 platform sales dipped and the already dwindling base of non-x86 machines collapsed. According to abacus stroker IDC, UK factory revenues declined 14 per cent year-on-year to $481m and shipments fell three per cent to 73,000 units. In terms of market value, x86 sales …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2012

$65m write-down, ARM chips ship: A 90-second guide to Planet AMD

Intel punchbag AMD wrote down the value of its computer chip stockpile by $65m in the third quarter of 2015 after it couldn't flog some of its older inventory. Meanwhile, the processor designer will, for the first time, ship "modest" numbers of its 64-bit ARM-compatible server chips in the final three months of this year. …
Chris Williams, 16 Oct 2015

OMG Captain Skywalker, here comes AMD's new Merlin Falcon doing Warp 9 to the Tardis

AMD will today unveil Merlin Falcon, its latest R-series processor aimed at industrial systems, medical devices, gambling machines, digital signs, military hardware, and so on. Think of Millennium Merlin Falcon as a cousin of AMD's Carrizo processor design, which is aimed at normal IT gear – laptops, tablets and desktops. …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2015

AMD spray-paints 'Pro A-series for biz' over its Carrizo notebook chips

Intel's human shield from monopoly watchdogs AMD has quietly revealed some processor packages for business PCs. These AMD Pro A-series system-on-chips use the Carrizo design we pored over earlier this year. Carrizo is targeted at notebooks for normal folks, whereas the AMD Pro A-series is going into Windows 10 corporate …
Chris Williams, 30 Sep 2015
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Squeaky bum time for server makers: Dollar dashes buyers' budgets

A currency noose hanging around the neck of customers’ budgets in Europe looks set to throttle server spending, according to IDC. Appreciation of the US dollar has forced American tech makers to increase their prices this year on several occasions, and this disrupting impact is tipped to worsen as the unsettled economic and …
Paul Kunert, 09 Sep 2015
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Linux 4.2 release 'possible' for next week, if Linus feels good

The world may be on the threshold of another Linux Kernel release. Or it might not. Whether or not Linux 4.2 emerges next week depends on how Linus Torvalds feels next Sunday. On Sunday evening, US time, the Linux Lord gave release candidate 7 the thumbs' up and let it be known he'd quite like it to be the last such release …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2015
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Lenovo deal to buy IBM x86 server biz moving along fast

It is becoming increasingly clear that IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is annoyed with the performance of the company's systems business. Annoyed enough to spin off all or part of its System x server business to China's Lenovo Group, according to rumors that surfaced last week. The US channel trade rag CRN broke the story of an impending …
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Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

Analysis AMD claims there is light at the end of its tunnel, but the beleaguered chip maker is having a hard time pointing it out. The Intel rival's share price was down 6.15 per cent to US$1.83 in after-hours trading on Tuesday; investors quickly moved after AMD published the financial figures for its final quarter of 2015, and for …
Chris Williams, 20 Jan 2016

AMD adds ARM security core to new, low-cost x86 mobile processors

AMD has two new, low-power system-on-chip (SoC) designs for laptops and tablets ready to roll that include an ARM processor core built into the die to handle security and virtualized Android support for Windows systems. "This category of products is AMD's; we own it, we created it, every year we build upon it to deliver even …
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2014
Speed

Android on Windows is disruptive because neither Microsoft nor Google can stop it

Welcome to the DMZ where the world’s two most ubiquitous operating systems meet and eye each other warily. It’s a place where the future platform battles are being shaped. Microsoft may have sidelined its effort to allow Android apps to run unmodified on Windows 10. But Windows users have been able to do this on PCs for over a …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Nov 2015
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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 …

IBM storage revenues are very reliable. Four years of steady decline and counting

Analysis For IBM, storage value is moving to software, with object storage and flash growing while legacy disk and tape products see revenue falls. In Big Blue’s fourth 2016 quarter overall revenues dropped nine per cent but storage hardware revenues fared worse, dropping 11.1 per cent, with no end in sight. This continues a trend …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016
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ODMs and DIYs chomp x86 server racket

If the server market is an indicator of the health – or lack thereof – of the global economy, then we're not quite out of the woods of the Great Recession, despite the exuberance on the global stock markets. According to the box counters at Gartner, server revenue worldwide were down 5 points to $11.83bn in the first quarter …

Intel's answer to ARM: Customisable x86 chips with HIDDEN POWERS

With new CEO Brian Krzanich and new president Renée James in control of Intel, all kinds of changes are very likely in store: the chip giant wants to expand beyond its dominance in PCs (a declining market) and servers (one that is profitable but not growing very much) to other aspects of the computing landscape. And one such …

Old, not obsolete: IBM takes Linux mainframes back to the future

IBM introduced several significant new elements for its Linux server stack last month: support for KVM on its z Systems mainframes, Linux-only models in both the z Systems and Power Systems ranges, and a new purchasing model. The most technically interesting new development is mainframe support for KVM, the Linux kernel’s …
Liam Proven, 02 Nov 2015
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How Intel's faith in x86 cost it the mobile market

You can’t fault departing Intel CEO Paul Otellini by claiming he didn't spot the way personal computing was becoming more mobile. He certainly did. But you can argue that his strategy for adapting the chip maker to the trend really wasn’t the right one. But as a 40-year Intel veteran it was never very likely he would reject one …
Tony Smith, 20 Nov 2012
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Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

E3 2015 Microsoft kicked off this year's E3 gaming conference by announcing that its x86-powered Xbox One console can now play games built for the PowerPC-based Xbox 360. The Windows giant took center stage at the Los Angeles Convention Center to announce that its latest console will run games that are available for its predecessor. The …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2015
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Ginni Rometty to pocket $4.5m bonus for IBM leadership

What do you get if you preside over 15 straight quarters of shrinking sales, evaporating profit and a sliding share price? A seven figure bonus if you are Ginni Rometty, the chief exec at IBM. Her base salary for 2015 remained unchanged at $1.6m, but the bonus swelled by $1m to $4.6m. Oh, and the long term incentives package ( …
Kat Hall, 29 Jan 2016
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HP tops HPC charts, former Big Blue biz not so super

HP has consolidated its position at the top of the HPC tree this year, after IBM’s protracted offloading of its x86 server business to Lenovo spooked customers and stalled purchases. IDC said the market was flat in 2014 at $10.2bn compared to $10.3bn the previous year, with the IBM/Lenovo transition delaying purchases and …
Joe Fay, 16 Jul 2015
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IBM's Spectrum Scale gets see-through cloud tiering

IBM's Spectrum Scale parallel file system offering is going to support direct integration of Cleversafe, SoftLayer cloud, and Amazon S3 object storage. Cleversafe, SoftLayer and S3 become target stores for Spectrum Scale data in the same way, IBM says, as any local disk store. It's at pains to stress that this is not a gateway …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2016

Power10 ... 2020 ... 10nm – suddenly IBM snaps awake, scribbles notes

IBM is dreaming of rolling out Power10 chips using a 10nm process size from 2020, it has emerged. This is rather telling: this means that even though Big Blue has boasted that it has cracked the 7nm barrier, we're not likely to see any IBM chips using that process size until 2023 at the earliest. Back to the Power10 …
Chris Williams, 11 Aug 2015