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Intel, Oracle Make Generic Hardware Shine as Carrier-Grade NFV

Open platforms, chip-centric controls, allow virtual servers to precisely mimic performance of high-end WAN hardware. Intel and Oracle have taken a step beyond providing the hardware for software-based carrier-quality networking to demonstrate the real thing, using open-source software, but relying on hardware a little beefier than is usually specified for …

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Intel Packs Big Power of 14nm Xeon into Tiny SoC

The newly unveiled Xeon D product family comes with 4- or 8-cores, but the offerings are designed for specific power/power use pain points. Intel has release the first system-on-a-chip (SoC) based on Xeon processors, combining I/O, networking and storage on 14nm processor base designed for high performance, low-cost and low-power …

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Intel, Oracle Roll Out High-End Converged Infrastructure for NFV

The newly unveiled rackmount carrier hardware that supports network function virtualization can also serve as muscular datacenter gear. Oracle has joined the rush to the telecom HPC market being led by Intel and open-source organizations working on technology to create software-defined networks in sophisticated, high-capacity networks covering nations rather than …

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New Wonder Material Beats Graphene in Speeding Electronics

University of Minnesota researchers say a two-dimensional material, called Black Phosphorus, could one day make consumer electronics faster than ever. Phosphorus is a highly reactive material that is found in match heads, tracer bullets and fertilizers, but it can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. …

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Free eBook Shows You How to Get More From Your HPC Apps

Whether you’re a parallel computing and HPC pro or just starting out, there is something for you in the book “Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools,” just published by Apress. The book’s easy, readable style belies the wealth of information in its pages, in particular a focus on how …

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Supercharging Simulation Speeds

Chances are, if you’re using parallel computing workloads, you are driven by performance. So, it should be no surprise that a tool that more than doubles performance of complicated structural engineering simulations would turn heads. That is just the type of performance gain reported by ANSYS Mechanical by optimizing the …

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Intel Bets Big on Custom Xeon Chips for Cloud Companies

The company says it expects that custom designs will be on half of the chips it sells to public clouds in 2015. The addition of FPGA to Xeon is designed to make standard chips customizable, too. The record revenue Intel reported for 2014 was driven largely by its emphasis on …

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Future Arrives with Robots, Spider Dresses, Intelligence Everywhere

Ultra-small cameras, microcontrollers, processors add robot-like abilities to everyday objects, Pong-like interactivity to real robots are all included in Intel’s vision of the future. And the future has arrived. It’s probably safe to say that very few people see the future arrive wrapped in a chitinous, 3D-printed skeleton dress topped …

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‘High Performance Parallelism Pearls’: Lessons from the Field

The latest book from James Reinders and Jim Jeffers packs the real-world parallel programming experiences of 69 experts into 28 chapters. “High Performance Parallelism Pearls: Multicore and Many-core Programming Approaches” aims to show readers how to “leverage parallelism on processors and coprocessors with the same programming – illustrating the most …

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Intel Aims to Power the Cloud with New ‘Haswell’ Chip

Per-core power controls and per-thread management make each Xeon E5-2600 V3 chip as manageable and load-balancing as a whole datacenter The datacenter of the future will be defined by software, but only if the silicon it runs on is designed for the cloud rather than the desktop, according to Intel …

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