IBM is really big in the enterprise computing environment .The company makes some of the fastest supercomputers on the market and has some of the faster enterprise level server systems as well. IBM has announced that a Power7-based computer using IBM DB2 database software has reached a milestone in performance.
When it comes to processors, it may be hard to get excited anymore. Speeds are generally the same from one chip to another, from one device to the next. But, that doesn't mean records still can't be broken, and minds blown. At the Hot Chips 2010 conference, IBM took some time out of their day to talk about their upcoming z196 CPU, which breaks records as well as hearts attached to pocket-books.
IBM announced late last week that it had installed a new supercomputer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The new hot water cooled computer is dubbed Aquasar and claims to consume 40% less energy than a comparable air-cooled system. The hot water comes from the use of waste heat produced at the university to provide heat to the buildings.
The Simmtronics Simmbook is one of those devices that needs to be in emerging markets. There is plenty of competition in markets like the United States, Japan, and Europe, so a netbook of this caliber just makes more sense where less money, means more of an opportunity. The Simmbook is being helped along by a partnership from its parent company, with IBM and Canonical, all in hopes to bring the little netbook to markets for less than its current $190 price tag.
Moore's law says that the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit doubles about every two years. Scientists and researchers are finding today that in a few years Moore's law will be broken if we are still using conventional building materials for transistors for several reasons. One of the materials that are being eyed for building the transistors and microprocessors of the future is a substance called graphene.
Sony's latest PS3 may be slimmer, smaller and quieter than its predecessor, but its real surprise may be lurking inside. The company has apparently updated their Cell processor built on 45nm processes rather than the previous 65nm chip; that not only makes for cheaper production, helping Sony bring down the PS3 Slim's price to $299.99, but it also brings with it increased performance.
IBM have announced their first computer that relies on a private cloud for both storage and processing power. The WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance creates virtualized snapshots of applications, stored on a central server; these virtualizations can be loaded on-demand by users, with as many instances as required all replicated from the same, frozen snapshot.
IBM and several of their partners such as Infineon, Samsung, STMicroelectronics and Chartered Semiconductor are working together to create a 28-nm chip that requires less power and features a high-k metal gate bulk complementary metal oxide, so says an announcement released yesterday.
This new chip would be mostly used in portable devices like MIDs. What's really great about these new chips is that they will use 20% less power yet gain 40% in performance when compared to the current 45nm chips.
What's particularly useful about this is that those using 32nm chips will be able to transition to the 28nm ones easily, without a complete overhaul of the system. Production is expected to begin sometime next year.