Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon chips will make 2012 debut
Created to run Microsoft’s soon-to-come Windows 8 OS, the chips will be in tablets in the second half of 2012. The S4 chips are based on ARM architecture and will run at clock speeds between 1.5GHz and 2.5GHz.
Exascale computing to hopefully arrive by end of decade
The U.S. Department of Energy will fund the development of the exascale computing system, which participants at the Seattle supercomputing conference are extremely focused on making a reality. The system would be 1,000 times more powerful than any system currently used today.
Intel demonstrates teraflop chip at supercomputing conference
Intel showcased its teraflop chip, Knights Corner, which is able to run at 1 trillion calculations per second. The chip will save time and money by allowing the use of both CPU and co-processor performance simultaneously.
Thailand flooding affected the manufacture of IT gear
When Thailand experienced intense flooding in October, areas in which hard disk drives are created have been impacted by the natural disaster. A lack of hard disk drives can drastically affect the number of personal computers sold and prompt prices to go up.
AMD announces new Opteron 6200 and 4200EE CPUs
HP, IBM, and Dell announced their Bulldozer-based serves at the launch of the Opteron 6200 and the 4200EE CPU. The three companies didn’t seem concerned about architectural changes that shift focus of the CPUs from performance to visualization. AMD stated “In a major shift from the usual “our processors can support multiple VMs per CPU” approach AMD has taken a more density focused approach, focusing on the fact that you can build very dense racks (HP’s announcement included a full-size rack that can support 2048 Bulldozer cores) and dedicate a core to each VM .”
New products make 10-Gbps Ethernet a close possibility
Recent product announcements from IBM, Cisco, Arista, and more have indicated that it might be time to switch to high-performance 10-Gbps Ethernet power.