To those looking for another venue to get their very own supercomputer, you’re in luck! Nvidia has recently announced that their CUDA-based Tesla C1060 GPU is available in Dell’s Precision R5400, T5500 and T7500 workstations effective immediately.
If you’re worried that just one of these GPUs isn’t enough to handle your hardcore needs, worry not – just one C1060 has enough power to control the main system of the European Extremely Large Telescope project (reportedly the world’s largest). According to Jeff Meisel with National Instruments, a workstation “equipped with a single Tesla C1060 can achieve near real-time control of the mirror simulation and controller, which before wouldn't be possible in a single machine without the computational density offered by GPUs."
Three years ago AMD acquired graphics chip maker ATI for $5.4 billion, which has been producing and selling videocards as a separate division ever since. Under a new reorganization plan, that will no longer be the case, as AMD will merge its CPU and graphics units into a single group.
"The next generation of innovation in the computing industry will be grounded in the fusion of microprocessor and graphics technologies," AMD CEO Dirk Meyer said in a statement. "With these changes, we are putting the right organization in place to help enable the future of computing."
The new products group will be one of the four new groups, with the others focusing on technology, marketing, and customers. Senior VP Rick Bergman will lead the new products group, which AMD says will be responsible for deliver all of AMD's platforms and products.
AMD also announced that Randy Allen, senior VP, Computing Solutions Group, has decided to step down. Allen had stepped into his role a year ago as part of another major reorganization.
Billed as the "affordable, portable, internet companion," Dell appears to be readying its Mini 10v netbook for a retail release later this month. You may be more familiar with the Mini 10v as 'Bear,' or model 1011, both of which have appeared in previous roadmaps.
No matter what you call it, the new Mini looks to be another run-of-the-mill netbook. Gone is the Z-series Atom, to be replaced by the much more prominent Atom N270 (1.6GHz, 512KB L2 cache 533MHz frontside bus). Other standard-fare specs include a 120GB hard drive, 1GB of memory, a 1.3MP webcam, and Windows XP.
Let Microsoft and Apple fight over who has the better platform and OS. Meanwhile, Intel has unleashed a new ad campaign that should appeal to viewers of either camp, assuming those viewers have a funny bone. The new ads showcase Intel as a different kind of rock star -- a geek uprising, if you will -- and if you're not amused, well, you just might not have a sense of humor.
The first of a series of ads stars Ajay Bhatt (portrayed by an actor), co-inventor of the USB, walking down an office aisle filled with giddy fans and signing autographs. A graphic appears at end proclaiming, "Our rock stars aren't like your rocks stars." While tongue-in-cheek, there's a bigger message Intel is trying to send, one which focuses on the brand and not the product.
"The fact that we're an ingredient, it's easy to get lost," said Deborah Conrad, VP and GM of Intel's corporate marketing group. "We really needed to put some meaning into Intel, so 'Intel inside' means something again."
If nothing else, it means a few chuckles, but Intel hopes it leads to better sales as well. No laughing matter, Intel's first quarter revenue slid 26 percent to $7.1 billion, while profit is down 55 percent. True to Intel form, the company will look to spend its way out of a recession, and that includes the new ad campaign.
Check it out here, then hit the jump and tell us what you think.
As expected, Amazon today officially unveiled its large-screen Kindle eBook reader, the Kindle DX, making the announcement in a lecture hall at the downtown Pace University. Speculation and rumors preceded the announcement, none of which matters anymore now that Amazon has put up a product page. Some pertinent specs for the new DX revision:
9.7-inch display with 16 shades of gray
Hold up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents
Slim form factor measuring just over 1/3 of an inch
Auto rotating screen
Much anticipated built-in PDF reader
The new kindle measures 10.4 x 7.2 x 0.38 inches, whereas the original measured 8 x 3.5 x 0.36 inches. It also costs a little over a $100 more than the original, part of which goes toward the added storage capacity.
You can pre-order the Kindle DX now for $489 with free shipping through Amazon.com.
Several upcoming titles have announced support for Nvidia's hardware PhysX, which could be good news for the GPU maker. However, up until this point, games supporting PhysX have been a mixed bag, perhaps leading to a sense of apathy among gamers. Or at least that's what AnadTech's newest poll seems to suggest.
When asked how important hardware PhysiX acceleration is in buying software, 52 percent of the nearly 9,000 respondents said it was only "Marginal; PhysX is a bonus if a game I like supports it." Thirty-one percent took it a step further calling PhysX 'Not useful,' and 3 percent said it was "Detrimental." Only 13 percent found PhysX 'Useful,' 'Important,' or 'Very Important.'
Things weren't much better (for Nvidia) when the same question was asked about making a hardware buying decision. A slightly less 79 percent of respondents found PhysX to be anywhere from a marginal to detrimental marketing bullet. And the responses weren't overly swayed by ATI videocard owners, either. According to current poll results, 52 percent of respondents own an Nvidia card with support for PhysX.
Well that was fast. Less than six months after launch, Intel has decided to start phasing out both the Core i7 940 and Core i7 965 Extreme. That leaves only the 920 as the last i7 standing out of the current trio of desktop Nehalem chips. So what gives?
We're not entirely sure. Some are speculating that the current crop of Nehalems were more about meeting a promised launch date than representing Nehalem for the long haul. Intel, however, maintains that demand for these chips "has shifted to other Intel processors." Regardless of the reason, you can probably expect Intel to release other i7 processors in the not too distant future to take the place of the ones being axed.
Customers will have to place final orders for the Corei7 940 by July 10, 2009, with the last boxed 940 to ship on December 4 and last tray of the chip on November 5, 2010. Final order date for the Core i7 965 has been set to September 4, 2009, with final shipments to take place on May 7, 2010.
3D Realms webmaster Joe Siegler supplied the developer’s final gasp, simply saying, “It's not a marketing thing. It's true. I have nothing further to say at this time.”
However, Duke might not be down for the count just yet. Duke Nukem Forever publisher Take-Two issued a statement concerning the closure.
"We can confirm that our relationship with 3D Realms for Duke Nukem Forever was a publishing arrangement, which did not include ongoing funds for development of the title," said Take-Two VP of communications Alan Lewis.
"In addition, Take-Two continues to retain the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever," he added.
So maybe they’ll cart Duke’s half-assembled form over to some other developer. Or perhaps they’ll just develop the game internally. Who knows? For now, Take Two ain’t sayin’. We suppose, though, that it’ll be pretty easy to tell when/if Duke Nukem Forever finally kicks the bucket. After all, city-leveling tidal waves, lava geysers, and other such signs that the balance of earth has been irrevocably altered aren’t too difficult to spot.
It’s true. If you missed out on Blizzcon ’08 or hawked your beta code because you (wisely) anticipated that Blizzard might pull something like this, now’s your chance to register for StarCraft II’s upcoming beta test.
“The StarCraft II beta-test period is coming in the months ahead! If you’d like a chance to participate, now’s the time to let us know,” reads the World of Warcraft website.
Just sign-in over at Battle.net, wow Blizzard with your PC’s bleeding-edge specs (or even middle-of-the-road specs; really – this is Blizzard we’re talking about), and start F5-ing your inbox. Better still, even if Blizzard doesn’t deem you worthy of participating in this beta, the opt-in process still nabs you a spot in line for future Blizzard betas. Opportunity is knocking. Are you just gonna stand it up? Go on now. Go!
One semi-major stipulation, though: You must have at least one game registered under your Battle.net account in order to opt-in for StarCraft II’s beta. But hey, it could be worse. At least you didn’t have to fly out to California for a geek-tastic weekend of game-filled fun like those other suckers. Who in their right mind would want that?
Nvidia recently announced the immediate availability of their ready to use Tesla GPU Preconfigured Cluster, aimed at the scientists, engineers and researchers of the world.
According to Nvidia the Tesla Cluster will provide up to 30 times the performance of a CPU-only cluster, while using only a fraction of the power. One example that they provide to drive this point home is that of BNP Paribas’ (a French Bank) Corporate and Investment Banking division, which recently replaced 500 CPUs that consumed 25kW of power with smaller CPU clusters and two Tesla S1070 1U systems, which only consumed 2kW of power. And, along with the lowered power expenditure, they received better performance.
According to Andy Keane, Nvidia’s Tesla General Manager, “There are 15 to 20 million engineers, scientists and researchers around the world struggling for time on supercomputers, which has led to a huge pent-up demand for computation. With the launch of the Tesla Preconfigured Cluster, every one of them can easily deploy a GPU-powered supercomputing cluster that dramatically reduces their power consumption while still advancing the pace of their work.”