It wouldn't be a supercomputing conference without Intel in attendance, and at SC11 this week, the chip maker offered up details about its Xeon E5 family and Knights Corner MIC (many integrated core) platform. Slated to ship sometime in the first half of 2012, Intel's Xeon E5 processors share the same DNA as the Core i7 3960X that's making the rounds on the Web, and is the world's first server chip to support full integration of the PCI Express 3.0 specification, Intel claims.
After being delayed for the past several months, AMD today announced the launch and immediate availability of its AMD Opteron 6200 (formerly code-named "Interlagos") and 4200 ("Valencia) Series of server processors for the enterprise. The new chips purportedly offer better performance, scalability, and efficiency for enterprise customers.
A lot of the comments left on our recent NAS box showdown revolved around the fact that 1) it isn’t too difficult to build a NAS server of your own and 2) all of the options were kind of expensive for home use. A newly released NAS server looks to provide an answer to the second issue. The $220 Synology DS212j (brethren to the well performing DS411+II covered in the showdown) was designed with home use in mind, as evidenced by its low price point and user-friendly features that help turn the server into a cloud storage device.
When life hands PC gamers lemons – like news that the massive $1.6m Battlefield 3 tourney is console-only – they figure out a way to hack the lemons to bits and make lemonade. In this case, gamers have gained access to 128-player support for the “Operation Metro” map available in the BF3 beta, which isn't offered on the official servers. Don’t necessarily go rushing out to find the action, though; DICE, the makers of the game, thinks the lemonade tastes mighty bitter and they’re threatening to swing the banhammer at anyone who participates in the unsanctioned fun.
When Oracle acquired Sun last year, it did so for things like the Java platform and the Solaris operating system, not servers running on Intel's x86 architecture. In fact, even though Sun thought it could become a major seller of x86 servers prior to the buyout, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison now says that the company makes next to no money on them and plans to start phasing x86-based servers out entirely in 2012 favor of more profitable Solaris/SPARC-based hardware.
Maybe you're aware that DDR3 memory is nearly as cheap as tap water these days. That means you can totally justify stocking up on gobs of RAM, but at what point do you stop? Long before 288GB, which is more than your motherboard or any consumer board supports, but is exactly the amount you can stick in Gigabyte's GA-7TESM motherboard.
Microsoft’s been tripping over itself to show ARM some love and develop a tablet version of Windows 8 that can run on the developer’s low-powered processors. But don’t think the giant in Redmond is smitten just because of all the batted eyelashes and blown kisses; Intel was busy showing off Windows 8 on a tablet at the IDF yesterday, and to top that off, Microsoft’s VP of cloud and servers said that the company isn’t developing an ARM-powered version of its upcoming Windows Server 8.
Canonical hasn't been bashful about backing ARM, injecting support for the alternative processor into its desktop Ubuntu platform nearly three years ago before tablets and 1GHz smartphones made ARM the talk of the town. Now comes word that Ubuntu Server 11.10 will support ARM processors and ship simultaneously with x86 and x86-64 platforms.
Go big or go home, right? Well if that's the case, tell Samsung's going to be late for dinner, because the memory chip maker isn't going home anytime soon. Samsung decided to instead go big by announcing the development of 32GB DDR3 registered dual inline memory modules (RDIMMs) built using 3D TSV (through silicon via) package technology.
It was 30 years ago to the day when IBM released it's first personal computer, the IBM PC 5150. Two days ago, an IBM executive essentially declared the PC a fossil, saying he recently made the switch to a tablet as his primary computer (good luck with that). And today? IBM made a splash in the server sector by announcing it just recorded the highest TPC-C benchmark score ever achieved for an x86 server.