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  • Silicon Valley’s Power Restaurant, Lion & Compass, Closing After 35 Years

    12/20/2017 10:01:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 20, 2017 | Linda Zavoral
    It’s time to carve out room for a new exhibit on the history of Silicon Valley. With two objects — a stock ticker tape that highlighted the high-tech industry’s successes and a stained-glass image of a lion holding a compass — you can tell the story of a legendary Sunnyvale restaurant. It’s one that has stood witness to thousands of power-broker discussions, hiring interviews, IPO parties — and multimillion-dollar deals. After 35 years, the Lion & Compass will close this Friday, and the corner where its dining rooms, imported English bar and tropical garden now sit will become high-density housing....
  • UNBOXING A QUANTUM COMPUTER! The coldest place in the known universe is on Earth!

    08/08/2017 9:59:03 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    Linus Tech Tips ^ | Jul 5, 2017 | Linus
    The coldest place in the known universe is on Earth! It's quantum computing company D-Wave's HQ, and massive plumbing required to cool the device known as a quantum computer. Linus SHOWS the setup via a YOURUBE.
  • AMD Manages To Pack A PetaFLOPs Capable Super Computer In A Rack With Project 47

    08/02/2017 11:11:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies ^ | Aug 1, 2017 | Usman Pirzada
    AMD recently unveiled something truly remarkable today – a server rack that has a total processing power of 1 PetaFLOPs. That’s 10 to the power of 15 floating point operations per second or 20 to the power of 15 half precision FLOPs. Here’s the kicker though: a decade ago in 2007, a computer of the same power would have required roughly 6000 square feet of area and thousands of processors to power. A decade ago, this would have been one of the most powerful supercomputers on Earth, and today, its a server rack.AMD’s Project 47 unveiled: 1 PetaFLOPs of single...

    07/22/2017 9:15:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    youtu ^ | Jul 8, 2017 | The Kbn1
    Technical explanation of varios interconnects from hardware vendors focusing on AMD's answer to manufacturing problems with LARGE monothic chips which have low yield with the latest lithography fabrication methods.INFINITY FABRIC - WHY ITS AMD'S BEST WEAPON AGAINST MOORE'S LAW
  • Opinion: AMD puts Intel in the crosshairs with fast-and-cheap Threadripper chip

    07/20/2017 11:52:07 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies ^ | July 20, 2017 12:36 p.m. ET | Ryan Shrout
    Advanced Micro Devices, in releasing the Zen architecture and the Ryzen product family for consumer PCs, started down a path of growth in the processor market that it had been absent from for a decade.AMD’s AMD, +1.65%Ryzen 7 processor family directly targets Intel’s INTC, +0.46%  Core i7 line of processors (CPUs) that have been dominant and turns the market on its side by doubling core and thread counts at similar price points. The platform surrounding the CPU was modernized, leaving very little on the feature list that AMD couldn’t match to Intel’s own. Followed by the Ryzen 5 launch a...
  • IBM’s Latest Line of Mainframe Computers Focuses on Encryption

    07/18/2017 1:22:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | July 17, 2017 12:01 a.m. ET | Ted Greenwald
    The new systems, branded IBM Z, are priced starting at $500,000 International Business Machines Corp. on Monday unveiled its next generation of mainframes, the industrial-strength computers that underpin industries such as banking and insurance, highlighting an old product category that still drives much of its profit.The new line of mainframe computers pairs what IBM claimed is the industry’s fastest processor with additional resources in a package designed to handle large-scale, continuing...
  • Tech By Matt -- The $60 8 core Ryzen 7 Alternative! 30 min youtube

    07/09/2017 11:28:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Tech By Matt Youtube xhannel ^ | Jun 9, 2017 | Tech By Matt
    You start with a refurbished older Xeon workstation. withe the proper motherboard. Then the Xeon e5 2660/ somewhere like eBay SR0KK Xeon CPU E5-2660 2.2GHz 8-core 20Mb 95W Processor zj $55.00
  • Western Digital Constructs 96-Layer Towers Of BiCS4 3D TLC & QLC NAND Flash

    07/04/2017 1:57:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | June 28, 2017 3:54 PM | by Robert Tanner
    The march of technology never ceases, and Western Digital announces its latest achievement with the creation of 96-layer NAND flash chips. Western Digital’s fourth generation of 3D NAND memory will reach volume production in 2018 and feature TLC, as well as QLC BiCS4 chips. What is noteworthy is that as recently as last year some analysts theorized that 64-72 layers would be the cap for 3D NAND and that any additional layers weren’t feasible on current process technology.  As additional layers are added to a NAND flash chip, additional layer specific TSVs are required to pass through the original layers and...
  • Arms Race to the Most Secure OS

    07/02/2017 8:26:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies ^ | Dec 4, 2015 | b3rn3d
    ******************EXCERPT******************************************** Arms Race to the Most Secure OS The Snowden revelations have not only motivated people into building new security-centric tools but also to take a look at the tools we previously considered secure. This holds true for ultra-secure operating systems like TAILS and have created reactionary projects like SubgraphOS and QubesOS. Let’s take a look at the state of these projects as well as their end goals. TAILS TAILS, for years, has been most popular OS for the anonymous community. With official support from the Tor Project (financial and managerial), many regard this as the de facto standard. The...
  • AMD EPYC 7000 Series Architecture Overview for Non-CE or EE Majors

    06/25/2017 12:06:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | - June 20, 2017 | By Patrick Kennedy
    ************************EXCERPT********************************************* With the launch of AMD EPYC we can finally go into detail about the AMD architecture codenamed “Naples.” CPU design is extremely dense. The vast majority of people who use and purchase servers have very little need to know exactly how each architecture works. Likewise, those who use servers often just want to know will it work out of the box or will it be painful requiring hand compiling every bit of code at every turn.When we set out to do the AMD EPYC architecture piece as part of our launch content series, we realized that there are very...
  • GlobalFoundries Details 7 nm Plans: Three Generations, 700 mm², HVM in 2018

    06/24/2017 10:43:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | on June 23, 2017 12:00 PM EST | by Anton Shilov
    Posted inSemiconductorsGlobalFoundriesEUV7nmDUV7LP 37 Comments | Add A Comment 37 Comments + Add AComment Keeping an eye on the ever-evolving world of silicon lithography, GlobalFoundries has recently disclosed additional details about its 7 nm generation of process technologies. As announced last September, the company is going to have multiple generations of 7 nm FinFET fabrication processes, including those using EUV. GlobalFoundries now tells us that its 7LP (7 nm leading performance) technology will extend to three generations and will enable its customers to build chips that are up to 700 mm² in size. Manufacturing of the first chips using their...
  • US DOE - Awards $258M in Research Contracts To Develop Exascale Supercomputer Technology

    06/20/2017 6:49:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies ^ | June 15, 2017 2:06 PM EST | Ryan Smith
    Full Title: PathForward: US Dept. of Energy Awards $258M in Research Contracts To Develop Exascale Supercomputer Technology Even though the major US national laboratories are just now starting to take delivery of the supercomputers they ordered a few years back, due to the long and complex development process for these projects, the US Department of Energy(DOE) has already been focusing on the next round of supercomputers for the next decade. Under the Exascale Computing Project, the DOE expects to develop & order one (and in the end, likely several) exaFLOPS-capable supercomputers, 50 times more powerful than the generation of supercomputers...
  • Microsoft finds bug in Intel ME

    06/10/2017 10:26:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies ^ | 09 June 2017 | Nick Farrell
    There is even malware exploiting it Microsoft's security team has come across a malware family that uses Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) Serial-over-LAN (SOL) interface as a file transfer tool. Intel's AMT SOL is part of Intel's ME, a separate chip inside Intel CPUs that runs its own OS and stays on even when the main CPU is off. This makes it a rather good place for malware to hit.Inside Intel's ME, AMT SOL opens a virtual network interface which works even when the PC is turned off. This virtual network interface runs inside ME, firewalls and security products installed...
  • IBM's breakthrough: World's first 5nm chip with new materials and ....

    06/06/2017 5:30:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies ^ | June 5, 2017 | By Liam Tung |
    IBM has shown for the first time that its stacked nanosheet technology can outperform today's best FinFET nanometer chips.******************************************************** Just two years after developing a 7nm chip with 20 billion transistors, IBM has taken the wraps off technology that will usher in smaller, 5nm chips with higher performance and greater efficiency.IBM and its Research Alliance partners, GlobalFoundries and Samsung, announced the 5nm breakthrough today, which offers a path to delivering chips with significant improvements on today's leading 10nm chips.IBM hopes the technology will lead to 30-billion transistor chips that are more capable of meeting tomorrow's demands for artificial intelligence, virtual...
  • Are consumer PCs safe from the Intel ME/AMT exploit? (Intel says don't worry?)

    05/04/2017 7:16:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies ^ | May 3, 2017 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Analysis: Here are SemiAccurate’s thoughts TLDR; There is a remote control mechanism in hardware that cannot be fully disabled and you cannot get Intel hardware without it.  So while this patch may fix the current vulnerability this situation points to the urgent need for hardware diversity.Monday SemiAccurate brought you news of a critical remote exploit in all 2008+ Intel CPU’s. Today we will walk you through a chain of thought based on further investigation on how it could be exploited.Confidence Levels:While this is only analysis we will note that we believe this is in the wild right now. We would like to...
  • Don't be afraid of the HDR format wars (Smart TV , Android TV, 4K TV...)

    04/23/2017 11:53:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 127 replies ^ | Jan 5, 2017, 3:12pm EST | Chaim Gartenberg
    This year at CES, HDR support is the buzzword heard from almost every single TV manufacturer, culminating in this frightening-looking slide from LG which proudly promised its set would be compatible with all four major HDR standards.Things aren't quite as problematic as they seem As a consumer, that many different video standards is a daunting idea that brings to mind the format wars of yore (think VHS vs. Betamax or Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD). Fortunately, while the fact that there are now four standards — HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR — for companies and consumers to consider when...
  • Genetically Modified Pigs Could Ease Organ Shortage

    04/17/2017 11:37:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies ^ | Updated Dec. 1, 2016 12:44 p.m. ET | By Amy Dockser Marcus
    Researchers breed animals whose organs may be compatible with humans There are more than 120,000 people in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant and not enough donors. The dire shortage has led some researchers to consider an unusual solution: They are breeding genetically modified pigs whose organs could be compatible for human transplant. Researchers have been trying for decades to make animal-to-human transplants work, a process known as xenotransplantation. Pigs are a particularly promising source of organs. They produce big litters. Organs such as the kidney and liver are similar... To Read the Full Story Subscribe
  • Group Seeks to Overturn Patent Ruling on Breakthrough Gene Tech...

    04/17/2017 9:33:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | Updated April 13, 2017 9:03 p.m. ET | Amy Dockser Marcus and Joe Palazzolo
    Crispr-Cas9, a system scientists hope will reduce gene-editing to something akin to cutting and pasting text on a computer, has been claimed by two research groups Tensions are escalating in the long-running dispute between two major groups over the research and rights to Crispr, a biological system that has been adapted to easily edit the genes of animals, plants and people.
  • High-Court Case to Challenge Jurisdiction ‘Shopping’ in Patent Suits

    04/17/2017 8:57:23 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies ^ | March 23, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET | By John D. McKinnon
    Litigation challenges system that has led to concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly districts WASHINGTON—Businesses, particularly those in the tech sector, are watching closely a case to be argued in the Supreme Court next week challenging a system that has led to a concentration of patent cases in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions such as eastern Texas.The companies, often defendants in a patent-litigation boom of the last decade, are looking to the high court to curb what they say is “pervasive and pernicious forum...
  • How upgrading humans will become the next billion-dollar industry

    04/04/2017 11:42:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies ^ | Apr 4, 2017 3:13 a.m. ET | Jeremy Olshan
    By JeremyOlshan Editor Amazon Detail of “Homo Deus” hardcover dust jacket. Investors searching for the next transformative technology destined to turn a bunch of Ivy League dropouts into billionaires, and half the market into a loose slot machine, need only look in the mirror.“The greatest industry of the 21st century will probably be to upgrade human beings,” historian Yuval Harari, author of the fascinating new book “Homo Deus,” told MarketWatch. ‘For the first time in history it will be possible to translate economic inequality into biological inequality.’ Yuval Harari