Monday, October 31, 2011

DOE announces 100 Gbps network

DOE announces 100 Gbps network By the end of 2012, says the DOE, it should to link all of the DOE national lab sites.

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: 10 Gbps DOE network in 2007.
Plans were in place to boost the network's capacity over the next five years, when it will reach more than 200 Gbps.  In 2012?

Last B53 nuclear weapon dismantled

Last B53 nuclear weapon dismantled

Sun is denser than water !?

How, when it is composed mainly of hydrogen? Well, the answer is gravity that compressed hydrogen more than molecules of water are.

Boeing to build spacecrafts at shuttle hangar

 Boeing to build spacecrafts at shuttle hangar


Steve Jobs last words: Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow

What the hell of computing gadgets he saw  in the Heaven?

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: As a standard device.

Computing’s next frontier: Mass. co developing voice-activated, hands-free device


Apple Building Solar Farm In North Carolina

Apple Building Solar Farm In North Carolina

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bee algorithms are so good because they've been debugged over 160 million years

Singularity will be actually disaster?

ARM adopts 64-bit architecture

"ARM is an important partner for Microsoft," said Redmond exec KD Hallman. "The evolution of ARM to support a 64-bit architecture is a significant development for ARM and for the ARM ecosystem."
Nvidia's Dan Vivoli expressed similar sentiments.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Protect IP Act breaks Internet

I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to oppose the House version of S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted. The House version -- just introduced by Rep. Goodlatte -- is far worse.
Over coming days you'll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation. We hope you'll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation.

HP's low blow to Intel's servers

A move by HP to bring to market servers with ARM-based processors would be a blow to Intel Corp. and its x86 architecture, which dominates the PC and server space.
Calxeda said earlier this year that its server processor uses four ARM Cortex A9 processors consuming a total of 5W, including associated DRAM. The chip aims to deliver a 5-10x performance advantage and a 15-20x price/performance advantage over traditional server processors, according to Calxeda.  

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Simply put, if a branded Intel server vendor moves to ARM, or Windows quickly sells in high volume on a RISC-based platform (before Intel can make comparable mobile inroads), the market is likely to conclude that x86 is in decline, which could be catastrophic for Santa Clara. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Now EU's turn to make a financial brakedown up to 3000 billion Euros !

3000 Billion Euros !

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Thus, next 4 years of world crisis. Why Economic Models Are Always Wrong?
In finance they just keep on recalibrating and pretending that the models work.

Xilinx tips world’s highest capacity FPGA

Xilinx tips world’s highest capacity FPGA

After 100 years: IBM's first female CEO

 After 100 years: IBM's first female CEO

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What Hath God Wrought: Coast to coast breakthrough 150 years ago !

1861 - First USA transcontinental telegraph cable begins service.In 1866 was installed a telegraph cable from London to Newfoundland too. In 1868 those two were connected.

Toshiba announces 6.1 inch LCD of insane resolution 2560-x-1600 pixels

Toshiba announces 6.1 inch LCD panel with an insane resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels

Gmail will receive a facelift according to a leaked video

 Google's popular Gmail service will receive cosmetic changes that include the ability to automatically change the layout according to window size and the ability to alter the density of items shown on the screen. There are also changes to the look and feel of Gmail threads, which now look a bit more like Google+ conversations.

John McCarthy, creator of Lisp programming language, dies

John McCarthy, the creator of the Lisp programming language and a pioneer in artificial intelligence, has died. He was 84.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Win7 vs. Win8

Benchmark Windows 7 Windows 8 Percent improvement
Startup time (min:sec) 1:32 0:32 +65
Shutdown Time 10 11 -10
Geekbench 2.2 (higher is better) 8955 9014 +0.6
PCMark 7(higher is better) 2075 2221 +7
Google V8 version 6 (higher is better) 2741 Metro: 1874
Desktop: 3066
Metro: -31
Desktop: +12
Mozilla Kraken 1.1(lower is better) 13897 Metro: 14288
Desktop: 13385
Metro: -3
Desktop: +4
(Best scores on green background.)


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Linux will get (secure) boot from WIndows 8 ? Actually from UEFI !

Secure Boot works by confirming that all components contain the appropriate security certificates before they are allowed to launch. To meet Microsoft's Windows Certification requirements, PCs must ship with Secure Boot Enabled. 

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: In a blog post of his own, Windows 8 Ecosystem team member Tony Mangefeste said Secure Boot is not actually part of Windows 8, but rather is a security component of the industry standard UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) boot-up system, which has replaced BIOS on newer PCs.

YARI Simulation and Co-Simulation

The development of YARI has relied extensively on simulation and co-simulation. A simple architectural interpreter was developed and maintained as a golden reference model for the FPGA implementation. Any new feature was first implemented in the architectural simulator and the software was tested there.
However, by far the most important benefit of the interpreter has been its use in co-simulation. By simulating the YARI FPGA implementation in parallel with running the same workload on the interpreter and checking that the two agree on committing operations we can pin-point bugs in the FPGA implementation. The vast majority of bugs have occurred within a handful of cycles of where the divergence was detected.

Nation of rich pyramid: 400 Million people controls 82% of World Wealth

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: See the eye at the pyramid top ! At the bottom are of course slaves!  3 billion of them.

Here it is : ARM A7 dual core Little dog will run Ipod 5 !

The A7 is a dual-issue, eight-stage pipeline core that has been heavily optimized for power efficiency, but supports the same virtualization and extended addressing of the A15. As a result ARM (Cambridge, England) expects partners to implement a "little dog, big dog" strategy so that cores are selected to run different applications based on power efficiency needs. 

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: We were the first with announcement. A few days ago.
Ipod 5 has been mainly waiting for this announcement. Here is a  promotion video.
 Cortex-A7 MPCore >1GHz in 28nm :
ARMv7-A  Cortex
  • 1-4X SMP within a single processor cluster
  • Multiple coherent SMP processor clusters through AMBA® 4 technology    
ISA Support  
  • ARM
  • Thumb-2
  • TrustZone® security technology
  • NEON™ Advanced SIMD
  • DSP & SIMD extensions
  • VFPv4 Floating point
  • Jazelle® RCT
  • Hardware virtualization support
  • Large Physical Address Extensions (LPAE)  
Memory Management 
ARMv7 Memory Management Unit  
Debug and TraceCoreSight™ DK-A7  

Olympus CEO Finds Payment Discrepancies, Gets Fired After Two Weeks.

Olympus is a major player in the world of digital cameras and precision instruments.


Bill Gates Just Bought $571 Million of This Stock

What happens?

With Apple in the paradise, not out of it ?

Confirmed: Steve Jobs Worked on Apple Until His Last Day
That was the day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S. He said that Steve is calling me because he wants to talk about their next product. And the next day, he died.
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: God bless him.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

World Wide Web originated when Tim Berners-Lee wrote the ENQUIRE program on a Norsk Data NORD-10 running under SINTRAN III at CERN.

by Prof. Anthony Finkelstein

As a child in I fell in love with a book, or more accurately a set of books, called ‘Enquire Within’. When I read them they were already dated, and I think I realised that, as I lay sprawled on the carpet at my Grandmother's house on quiet Sunday afternoons. The red-covered books were successors to the famous Victorian 'how to' book "Enquire Within upon Everything". They attempted to answer, for the curious child, such questions as "Where is Tierra del Fuego", "What is Beating the Bounds?", "Who was Lord Gladstone?". There was no obvious organisational principle, so information discovery was serendipitous. The answers were put with the assurance typical of their period and with an imperial confidence in the rightness of all things British that, looking back from the vantage of the year 2002, is hard to credit. Interestingly, Tim Berners-Lee the 'inventor of the Web' called his early web prototype ‘Enquire Within’ in homage to his childhood fascination with the same books.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Well, seems more like prehistorical Wiki than the WWWeb.

AMD's CPU Clock


Samsung to present 20-nm process

A six-transistor SRAM bit cell is among the structures built using the process and Samsung is expected to report a static noise margin of 250mV at the operating voltage of 0.9V.


ARM and TSMC Tape Out First 20nm ARM Cortex-A15 Multicore Processor

 ARM and TSMC announced that they have taped out the first 20nm ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor. The two companies completed the implementation from RTL to tape out in six months using TSMC's Open Innovation Platform® (OIP) 20nm design ecosystem. 

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: See below. TMSC taped out two versions of A15. One in 28nm and the other in 20nm. Cortex A15 video.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

IBM eyes brain-like computing

IBM eyes brain-like computing

Speaking at the University of Melbourne ahead of the launch of its latest R&D facility, IBM’s research director John E Kelly III described the end of the 70-year programmable computing era.
The next decade, he said, would yield exaflop devices that learned and recognised patterns in order to extract useful information from exascale (million-terabyte) data centres.


Apple relies on Samsung chips despite patent war

 ``Samsung Electronics will apply its advanced 28-nanometer processing technology to produce qualified A6 quad core mobile APs. TSMC will provide customized chips with designs from Apple, however, the volume will be very small,’’ said the executive.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Korean Times seems confirms BAD HARDWARE here.
28 nm , 2012, Dual core A15. A6 is only its generation name. Dual core is for i Phone 5, Quad core model for Ipad 3.
``With a bigger screen, the surface design of the iPhone 5 will be changed. The iPhone 5 and iPad 3 will be launched within the first quarter of next year,’’ said the executive.
Well, confident sources say this: Foundry chipmaker TSMC is reported to have started trial manufacturing of the A6 processor for Apple. But TSMC has also been reported as planning to put the IC through another tape-out for the "production design" in the first quarter of 2012.
One potential reason of the respin is that TSMC plans to use 3-D stacking technologies along with its 28-nm manufacturing process in the production of the A6 for Apple. The use of a specialized silicon interposer and bump-on-trace interconnect may produce specific requirements in the main processor die.
Packaging house Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. partnered with TSMC to develop the 3-D chip packaging technology and so should benefit from the A6 processor business in 2012, the report said.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Power a Major Hurdle on Road to Exascale

Power is a prime candidate for a major makeover. DARPA wants to develop a single rack capable of delivering in excess of one petaflop on the LINPACK benchmark for a power budget of 57 kilowatts. An unspecified number of these racks should be able to interoperate to address a single application — the building blocks of an exascale system.

Friday, October 14, 2011

2012: Sony Ericsson will make only smartphones from next year

No ordinary mobile phones to buy. Don't make a profit. Like digital wrist watches.

NAND Flash scaling roadmap up to 11nm geometry and 1Tb capacity !


Google's revenue growth


AMD FX performance on Windows 8 suggests one hell of a ride !

Faster, better, offers something new !


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Asus Ultrabook


Perfecting the 3-D chip

3M promises to have its miracle material ready for commercialization in two years.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ARM Coretex A family performance

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Cortex A15 for iPhone 5 ? By the end of  2012?

Imagine a NASA that for ten years (say, 2015 to 2025) ceases to explore the solar system and stops looking deep into the universe.

Is OMB wiping out planetary exploration?

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Desperate times bring desperate reactions

Sony locks out users after another hacking attack

Sony locks out users after another hacking attack

Altera integrates ARM processor in FPGAs

Altera integrates ARM processor in FPGAs


10 percent in cuts to federal research and development money in 2013 !

 That could lead to a decade of stagnation.


IMEC plans 450-mm wafer fab module for 2015

 Productivity that fuel Moore's law still on rise.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

German Government Caught Spreading Multifunctional Trojan

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: German Government Caught Spreading Multifunctional Trojan

Friday, October 07, 2011

HPC is now data-intensive

A number of traditional HPC players, including SGI, Cray and others, are making a push to associate some of their key systems with the specific needs of data-intensive computing. HPC is “no longer just numerically intensive, it’s now data-intensive—with more and different demands on HPC system architectures.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

A typical home GPU can process 9 million passwords per second

Be aware 
It found that its security staff were able to crack an eight character password in four hours, a seven character password in five minutes and a six character password in just 12 seconds.

Steven Jobs has Died

Apple is still alive.
Computer industry somewhat less.
At number two to Apple in smart phones, Samsung is coming on strong at an astounding 600 percent growth and is already nearly even with Apple's 18.4 percent share, the market watcher said.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Some doubtful thoughts:
He had a huge platform; gave God no glory & taught sin, Westboro leader Margie Phelps tweeted--from her iPhone. !!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Today 200 000th BAD HARDWARE WEEK page view !


Monday, October 03, 2011

Intel starts with government financed exaflops project !

The new company will initially have offices in Oregon, California and the Washington, D.C and will expand to other government ventures soon.

H.R. act 2354
Latest Title: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012
Sponsor: Rep Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [NJ-11] (introduced 6/24/2011 House approved 7/15/2011) says:
Department of Energy "has not yet aggregated exascale research components into a coherent effort."

Not enough emergency computing capacities?
For example, in 2011, the Los Alamos lab projects it will have about 6.5 times the capacity in teraflops than Livermore and nearly 19 times the capacity of Sandia. As a result, there will be a significant centralization of supercomputing capacity in Los Alamos. Were Los Alamos supercomputers to suffer damage, neither Livermore nor Sandia would obviously possess sufficient capacity to assume the workload.

How to aggregate efforts when Intel isn't aggregatee its own? Only Skymont architecture should show enough energy efficiency needed for exaflops desgin. Together with MIC multicore.
Exaflops supercomputer should solve all the missing  teraflops lab problems :)
The new supercomputer won't be ready until 2018 though, with the lengthy wait attributed to the need to reinvent entire facets of computing. The problem here has to do with fundamental computing limitations; an exaflop-capable supercomputer will need to shift a prodigious amount of data, but the efficiency required to hit these speeds simply does not exist yet.

Intel's Haswell architecture

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: In mature 22nm process probably at 192mm2 die, later in 14nm shrink. Click on picture to enlarge.

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