Friday, April 22, 2011
Portable computer is 30 years old !
Adam Osborne, founder of the Osborne Computer Corporation, introduced the 11kg machine in April 1981, though it didn't go into mass production until June 1981.
At the US top 20 years later: NSA Building $896.5 Million Supercomputing Center !
Exclusive: The spy agency aims to complete the powerful, energy efficient, secure High Performance Computing Center at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., by December 2015. Power requirements are 60 megawatts, equivalent to the power requirements of Microsoft's recently completed 700,000 square foot data center in Chicago, which itself is one of the largest ever constructed for cloud services.Interestingly enough, Apple has poached Microsoft's data center general manager Kevin Timmons, as Jobs' outfit gets serious about clouds.His last tweet: "Our team is continuing to evolve our modular building strategies for even more energy efficiency and we will continue to share our best practices with others in the industry." More recently, National Defense Magazine reported that China apparently hijacked more than 15% of the world’s Internet routes for about 18 minutes (what is it with 18 minutes, anyway?) and had the potential to listen in on vast amounts of traffic.
BAD HARDWARE: Conceived in December 2010 , to finish in 2015. It will consume energy efficient 60 MW of power supply ! What power would be used if it wasn't energy efficient?
BAD HARDWARE prediction on its max supercomputing power is: Peak 300 PFlops !
Bottom line: Future US President in 2016-2020 term should have at disposal a lot of intelligence and computing power for all kind of actions. World wide. In 1996 NSA had first ranked high performance SC in the USA. After 20 year NSA is at the top again. But the whole world top seems.
In 2016 NSA should be at the top again ! Current China 2,5 Petaflops leader will be dwarfed, being at least 100 times weaker. Design hint: 2,5 GB DRAM per core, conventional 48 cores.
Changing chip design on demand could allow TVs and other devices to upgrade their own hardware.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
International Fusion Energy Research Center Selects SGI to Support Petaflop Supercomputer
SGI Prism XL and Sandy Bridge?
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
BAD HARDWARE: "Invisible ink was rendered obsolete by digital encryption long ago, not in the last few years"
ARM targets x86 architecture with Cortex-A15
Beam me up Scotty: Teleporting breakthrough
"If we can do this, we can do just about any form of communication needed for any quantum technology."
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq
BAD HARDWARE: Invasion on Iraq was ready before any official finding on 9/11 events ?
Monday, April 18, 2011
Intel and Micro announces 20nm NAND Flash
Expect to see even more affordable SSDs towards the end of this year or early next year, especially as the price of the SSD controllers for 2xnm NAND Flash are expected to have come down by then as well.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Researchers Advance Toward Hybrid Spintronic Computer Chips
Convert sewage to biofuel !
EDA tools for brain function simulation !
First human brain map.
Commercial of the century: Nuclear power is cheap, reliable, and safe
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A Closer Look At Immersion Cooling For the Data Center
Windows already up and running on ARM architecture
Back at CES Microsoft announced that they would be working hard to introduce support for the increasingly popular ARM architecture, which provides the foundation for the Qualcomm Snapdragons, Apple A5s and Samsung Hummingbirds of this world. Essentially if you own a mobile device, it’s almost certainly powered by an ARM-based chip.
Year 2016: UHCP Petaflop in a rack
Component Module, Component Power, Module Power
Processor 2 55W 110W
Memory 16 9.2W 147.2W
NIC/Router 2 30W 60W
NVRAM 10 1.5W 15W
Total module power budget: 332.2 W
Total rack compute power budget: 42.5 kW .
Add some 15 kW for overall 57 KW power budget (for cooling and I/O).
Apple A5 processor should be different
Apple is well aware of the costs of such a large SoC, but decided the overall system performance gains justify the increase in silicon.
Apple likely plans to venture further down the road of custom circuit design
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
100 years: IBM, the Tech Company That Can Do No Wrong
IBM was founded in 1911 as the Computing Tabulating Recording Corp. CTR's first products included a computing scale and a time clock to record workers' arrival and departure times
New York Airport Jet Clips Smaller Plane's Tail at JFK Monday Night
Red alert: Fukushima crisis raised to level 7 !!
Now 60 kilometers around Fukushima are not radiation safe any more. Tokyo is some 238 km apart.
Lord of the ring: Control your phone with a magnetic ring
Friday, April 08, 2011
2011 is the 20th anniversary of the first release of the Linux kernel
Delusional 3D !
Hacking Conventional Computing Infrastructure
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Firefox 4 really works great !
Illusion shakes vision science theory
BAD HARDWARE: Seems we see a lot of illusions around . All the time?
Oracle's Sun hardware business under threat?
32nm dies compared: Buldozer core vs Sand Bridge
Analyst: Intel's Q2 target may fall short
Nikon D5100 D-SLR Debuts With Support for ISO 102,400
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Mendel Fools: Russians to get 18 Petaflops supercomputer ?
Windows PCs can be compromised by an IPv6 flaw ?
BAD HARDWARE: Ipv6 use should secure PC not compromise them.
SpaceX plans world's most powerful rocket
Intel launches 10 cores Xeon E7 Series (Westmere EX) against Itanium
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Pastor hacker circumwented firewalls to get child pornography !
From Search Engines To Lunar Landers: Barney Pell’s Next Startup Is Moon Express
BADHARDWARE> Search for platinum at Moon is now on. The company hopes to be conducting trials by 2013.
TI to buy National Semi for $6.5 billion
Secret spacecraft exposed peeking into Libya's warfare
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: And the easier you are to spot it from the ground.
IBM Nanoparticle Breakthrough Destroys Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Towards monopoly using bribe !
Intel also bribed and threatend HP (with "hundreds of millions" - as described by the NY AG) to not buy more than 5% of their processors from AMD.
Intel also bribed and threatened IBM 130-MILLION to drop plans for an AMD product line.
Analyst: Intel Sandy Bridge Sales Low, AMD Reaping the Benefits
Coordinated DDoS attack brings Sony to its knees !!
Anonymous collective declares war on Sony, knocks PlayStation, PSN and Sony websites offline.
All your base are belong to US !
PSN Might Be Interrupted Throughout the Day Today 4/4/2011
AMD Bulldozer Will Bring Socket Shift To PCs
Both the Llano APUs and Bulldozer CPUs are expected to show themselves at Computex, which kicks off in Taiwan at the end of May.
State of the CPU: AMD and Intel sockets and upgrade options compared
Monday, April 04, 2011
GE's Immelt defends nuclear industry safety record !
Gagarin lied too !
Another event was equally secret, but planned. When Vostok reached an altitude of 7 km, Gagarin ejected and parachuted to the ground. This neatly solved the problem of how to touch down safely. But it created a new problem: the Soviets wanted to claim the altitude record, but the rules said the pilot had to land inside his craft. The truth of how Gagarin met Anna Takhtarova 2 km from Vostok's crater would have been a propaganda disaster. They had to lie.
Anna Takhtarova and her granddaughter, Rita, were weeding potatoes near the village of Smelovka on 12 April 1961 when a man in a strange orange suit and a bulging white helmet approached across the field. The forest warden's wife crossed herself but the girl was intrigued. "I'm a friend, comrades. A friend," shouted the young man, removing his headgear. Takhtarova looked at him curiously. "Can it be that you have come from outer space," she asked. "As a matter of fact, I have," replied Yuri Gagarin.
At 07:55 UTC, when Vostok 1 was still 7 km from the ground, the hatch of the spacecraft was released, and two seconds later Gagarin was ejected. At 2.5 km (8,200 ft) altitude, the main parachute was deployed from the Vostok spacecraft. Two schoolgirls witnessed the Vostok landing and described the scene: "It was a huge ball, about two or three metres high. It fell, then it bounced and then it fell again. There was a huge hole where it hit the first time."
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: This story of Gagarin's return to Earth after orbiting the planet, the most important flight since the Wright brothers' at Kitty Hawk, was widely disseminated, not least because of its symbolism – a Soviet hero being welcomed home by his fellow peasants, a wise mother and a child of the future. It is probably true in essence, though the details changed with each retelling. But some facts were hidden. One was kept secret for more than a decade, except for an extraordinary occasion when Gagarin risked everything to tell the truth to a man he held in the highest regard – a man who was a Cold War enemy: the Royal Navy's top test pilot. More about special case ejections here.
The Martin-Baker MK 14 seat is microprocessor controlled, with thermal batteries for power.
Funeral industry feels recession.
Japan Nuclear Plant Crisis Could Last Months !
Flush Away Crappy Code with Fusion-io
As noted by FastCompany, it's a high risk, high reward promotion aimed at raising awareness of Fusion-io in Europe.
SQL developers know that crappy code is a fact of life. The existence of crappy code isn't always a reflection on the programmer. With finite resources, and a myriad of management comprises to be considered, coders have to make hard choices that sometimes compromise quality. But that doesn't alleviate the impact of crappy code on our lives. When the festering mess finally starts to stink up the office, it can take tens, if not hundreds of hours to clean up. Hence the "scatalogical silliness," er, game and contest.