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If four's a crowd is three's company?

The Inquirer has an story on AMD’s reported tri-core processor. Seems like this is NOT just a salvage strategy for four core chips: AMD is probably doing this for two reasons; the lesser being salvage, the more important one being that Intel can’t do it. Intel would have a far harder time making a tri-core […]

The Sun sets on CFS

Several weeks ago I saw some interesting links in the arena of HPC storage: CFS to ZFS and CFS Press Release. At the time I thought this was both cool and mysterious. Sun has been flirting with HPC for a long time with their partnerships with AMD, Intel, and STK and new top 10 installations […]

Hey buddy can you spare a Gigabyte?

I’m currently hard at work building a new monster home PC for a shiny copy of Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit (no comments from the peanut gallery…please) that I picked up during a trip to see Microsoft last month. In the course of sourcing the components, because no self respecting engineer buys a complete turnkey PC, […]

VMs on a Diet

Fresh from watching Dan Marino pitching his weight loss system during commercials on Monday Night Football is a story from the Ashlee Vance at The Register on an extremely thin version from one of the flagship VM products: VMWare ESX Server. This version is currently weighing in at a trim 32MB that is implemented via […]

But it's a dry kind of heat…

Researchers from Purdue University (funded by Intel) have developed a new cooling technology called ionic wind engines. This new technique promises to deliver increased heat transfer coefficients of up to 250 percent over current air cooled technologies. The technology aims to reduce the layer of stationary air above chips (no-slip layer – as air […]

Off to the races

Researchers at the University of Hamburg have developed an experimental memory storage technology that could replace the hard drives of today’s computers. Guido Meier at the University of Hamburg in Germany and colleagues used nanosecond pulses of electric current to push magnetic regions along a wire at 110 metres per second – a hundred times […]