Fastest Chinese SuperComputer is spicy alright
China has built the world's fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-1A, which is capable of 2.57 quadrillion computing operations per second, pulling ahead of the United States in the global supercomputing race. The former No. 1 system, the U.S.-made Cray XT5 Jaguar performs at 1.75 quadrillion per second, 92 percent slower than Tianhe-1A, running Linpack, the benchmark used to officially determine the speed of supercomputers. Tianhe-1A, is estimated to have cost 600 million yuan ($90.4 million) and was developed by the Changsha-based National University of Defense Technology. It employs 14,336 Intel Xeon X5670 CPUs and 7,168 NVidia Tesla M2050 GPUs, as well as 2,048 home-grown Feiteng 8-core CPUs.
Besides Tianhe-1A, another China-made supercomputer, Nebulae, which is a 1.27 petaflop-per second system, holds the third place on the TOP500 list. Among the world's most powerful 100, China holds five seats while the United States takes up 42 percent. Out of the 500 list, China-made systems occupy at least 40 slots.
Windows Phone 7 gets some jailbreak TLC
Microsoft launched their Windows Phone 7 to the market last week, and hackers have already compromised the operating system to allow unauthorized code to be run, allowing users to run applications that Microsoft would normally not approve of.
The pieces started falling into place when user 'hounsell' on xda-developers.com noticed the a third-party application in the WP7 marketplace (Network Profile by Samsung) used native code, not Silverlight-managed code as all non-Microsoft apps should.
Upon closer inspection, he documented some interesting characteristics of the application that gave it its native capabilities most notably a DLL called Microsoft.Phone.InteropServices, which if poked the right way provided COM access.
Building upon this, Chris was able to successfully code and deploy a valid WP7 application using the developer sideloading process to a Windows Phone 7 device that inherited the ability to run unmanaged code.
Even though this breakthrough pretty much provides root access to the core of the Windows CE-based system including registry and file system necessary for future jailbroken applications, the last and major piece of the jailbreaking puzzle remains sideloading an application on a common non-developer device, since such an app would never make it through marketplace certification.
AMD Catalyst 10.10e Hotfix Drivers out
AMD Catalyst 10.10e Hotfix Features:
- The AMD Catalyst Control Center now features the new AMD Catalyst AI user interface options on the ATI Radeon
QNAP TS-859 Pro+ Turbo NAS handles 16TB
QNAP presents the TS-859 Pro+ Turbo NAS, a new 8-disk model that will be sold for $1,579.
QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of world class NAS servers today expanded their hugely popular Business Series Turbo NAS lineup with the addition of a new 8-drive desktop model, TS-859 Pro+ Turbo NAS. The TS-859 Pro+ incorporates Intel's new D525 dual-core Atom CPU with 1.8GHz clock speed and 1GB RAM, which can achieve up to 116MB/s transfer rates (FTP/Samba reads) while maintaining guaranteed lower power consumption. The Turbo NAS provides up to 16TB of extremely large storage capacity (using 2TB hard drives and single disk volume/JBOD configuration), and is targeted for business users and workgroups who need a tower server to fit in their office environment for backup and sharing of enormous amount of documents, digital pictures, videos, and applications. Meanwhile, the TS-859 Pro+ has been certified as compatible NFS and iSCSI datastore with fully VMware Ready, Citrix Ready and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V clusters compliant. QNAP continues its industry-leading iSCSI support for server clustering and virtualized environments including support for MC/S, MPIO, SPC-3, and thin provisioning. With built-in iSCSI initiator and target service, network storage can be virtually expanded by simply adding additional QNAP Turbo NAS units to the network and adding virtual volumes, up to 8 per device.
"Businesses and corporate users are looking to cut IT costs, be greener, and move more IT functions into the cloud," said Laurent Cheng, Product Manager of QNAP Systems, Inc. "With the ready of 8-drive desktop model available, QNAP refreshes a complete business series lineup, including 2-drive TS-259 Pro+, 4-drive TS-459 Pro+, 5-drive TS-559 Pro+, 6-drive TS-659 Pro+, and the newly added 8-drive TS-859 Pro+ to help different types of business achieve these goals by delivering Turbo NAS servers that can fully take advantage of cloud computing environments while being very energy efficient," Mr. Cheng added.
The new TS-859 Pro+ features a host of desirable features including support for 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives housed in lockable, hot-swappable drive carriers, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare, and 6+ hot spare with online RAID capacity expansion, online RAID level migration, and RAID recovery. The Turbo NAS offers a rich suite of business applications including the most comprehensive centralized backup available, website hosting, printer sharing, file server/sharing, and even video surveillance recording using network cameras. The capabilities of the Turbo NAS Pro+ units can be expanded with exclusive QPKG open-source developed for a variety of business applications including SQL database management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and even ecommerce.
Turbo NAS Pro+ series comes with new V3.3 of the QNAP NAS management software embedded as firmware.
Evercool Transformer 4 PLUS CPU cooler
Evercool introduced their Transformer 4 PLUS processor cooler.
EVERCOOL Thermal Corp., Ltd., the professional and well-known cooler and fan brand. Bright silver and solid are the two main characteristics of EVERCOOL Transformer CPU cooler series. Transformer 4 was launched by the end of 2009 and caused a silver storm in the competitive CPU cooler market.
This year, EVERCOOL launches "Transformer 4 PLUS", which has two new features: fans with PWM function and Intel 1156 support, to provide overclocking and silent cooling performance.
Four 8mm copper heat pipes connect directly with the CPU for direct and rapid heat dissipation. Fans with PWM function can automatically control and adjust the fan speed to keep its lowest noise level at 15dBA. Additionally, the PWM fans and large fins enhance the convection for CPU and other components to make noiseless and perfect cooling. Moreover, in consideration with the space, users can free set up one or two fans.
The universal clips design makes Transformer 4 PLUS high compatible with Intel LGA 1156 / 1366 / 775 and AMD AM3 / AM2+ / AM2 / K8.
PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 PCS+ photo
Tech site Computer Base snagged a picture of PowerColor's upcoming Radeon HD 6870 PCS+. This is a non-reference card with a better cooler and overclocked frequencies, it has a 940MHz core and 1GB GDDR5 clocked at 4400MHz, compared to 900MHz and 4200MHz, respectively, on the reference models.
The cooler features three heatpipes and an aluminium fin array that is cooled by a 85mm fan. The card is expected to start shipping by the end of the month.
Guru3D has a review on the 6850 version of the PCS+ ready for next week by the way. Click the thumbnail,
Gigabyte Aivia K8100 game keyboard review
We review the k8100 from Gigabyte. Everything pimped, everything wired to wipe out latency, customizable and programmable macro's, good weight responsive keys and looks that somehow resemble Ferrari's and Lamborghini cars. Gigabyte certainly succeeded as the K8100 as tested today will at the very least interest you.
Functionality and looks is what it's all about with this 69 USD costing Aivia K8100 keyboard. My eyes, my eyes .... :)
You can check out the full review right here.
Gigabyte GM-M7800S wireless mouse - leather and Swarovski
Gigabyte announced the GM-M7800S, a luxurious wireless mouse with a leather design and Crystallized Swarovski elements.
Meet the GM-M7800S Elegant Vogue Wireless Mouse. First announced in June 2009, the black
NVIDIA posts third quarter profit of $84.9 million
NVIDIA announced a revenue of $843.9 million and net income of $84.9 million, or 15 cents per share, for its fiscal Q3 2011. Profit is down 21 percent year-over-year but the company did manage to beat analyst's expectations of earnings of 14 cents per share on revenue of $843.6 million. For the current quarter NVIDIA anticipates a 3 to 5 percent sequential increase in sales.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue of $843.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended Oct. 31, 2010, up 4.0 percent from the prior quarter and down 6.6 percent from $903.2 million from the same period a year earlier.
On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income of $84.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared with a GAAP net loss of $141.0 million, or $0.25 per share, in the previous quarter and GAAP net income of $107.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the same period a year earlier. GAAP gross margin was 46.5 percent compared with 16.6 percent in the previous quarter and 43.4 percent in the same period a year earlier.
"We have turned the corner," said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA's president and chief executive officer. "We have restored our speed of execution and are regaining share in desktops. Only seven months after shipping our first processor based on the Fermi architecture, we have begun production on seven more GPUs, including the GeForce GTX 580, which sets a new standard for performance. The Fermi architecture is now in every segment of our desktop, notebook and workstation product lines.
"We've also made big strides this quarter in positioning ourselves at the center of cloud and mobile computing, which are transforming the computer landscape. Tesla now powers some of the world's fastest and greenest supercomputers. And Tegra will soon be featured in a range of smartphones and tablets we're building with our partners," he said.
The outlook for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 is as follows:
-- Revenue is expected to be up 3 to 5 percent from the third quarter.
-- GAAP gross margin is expected to be flat.
-- GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $300 million.
-- GAAP tax rate is expected to be 18 to 20 percent.
Radeon HD 5550 rebranded to HD 6390 in Russia
Well that's interesting news, our colleagues over at TPU report that Sapphire has rebranded the Radeo HD 5550 to Radeon HD 6390 in the Russian market:
The Radeon HD 6300, at least the HD 6350, HD 6370 are reserved for an upcoming GPU codenamed "Caicos", its AMD reference board even made it through a casual photo-session. The HD 5550 and HD 6390 were found to have the same device IDs. An older version of GPU Caps Viewer detects it as HD 5550, while the latest version sees it as HD 6390. The HD 5550 is based on the 40 nm "Redwood" GPU, it has 320 out of 400 stream processors enabled, and a 128-bit wide memory interface to typically connect to GDDR3 memory. Some premium models also feature GDDR5 memory.
Its not the first time Sapphire pulls weird stunts like that, in the past they have been selling 256-bit graphics cards with 128-bit memory as well.
AMD Radeon 6900 series officially delayed
Next week two cards from the radeon 6900 where supposed to launch as all of you know. Lots of rumors already appeared on delays. We finally have a thing or two confirmed from AMD.
Unfortunately things got delayed a couple of weeks and Radeon series 6900 (Single GPU) will now launch in the week of December 13th. And that is confirmed info straight from AMD.
ECS P67H2-A Sandy bridge motherboard preview
In today's preview we'll show you a very exquisite offering from ECS, we'll preview their P67H2-A Sandy bridge motherboard. You'll notice a very impressive motherboard loaded with features and options, heck the P67H2-A even comes with not one, but two NEC USB controller allowing 4 ports, an Hydra chip is embedded so you can share and combine graphics cards and overall there's a lot more to see alright.
Have a peek and make note of the fact what extreme steps forward ECS has made as of lately, promising to be a real contender in the enthusiast segment of motherboards.
Check out the preview right here.
Retail threatens to ban Steam
Steam, The world's biggest digital distribution platform for games is under attack as MCV reports, they understand that key retailers will drop titles that integrate the popular Steam service as fears mount that the service has a
AMD Radeon HD 6970 delay due to component shortage
This TI component is an integrated driver-MOSFET (DrMOS) that was first used on AMD's Radeon HD 6800 Series. This DrMOS is so new to the point there is no information on it on the Web, not even from the manufacturer itself.
Supply of this DrMOS is limited, and since the Radeon HD 6800 Series and upcoming HD 6900 Series share the same VRM design, any (tight) supply from TI is shared between all the cards. This leads to a delay in HD 6970 card manufacturing, with partners receiving their final boards late as well.
It is interesting to note that AMD has also withheld the final BIOS from partners. It is an open question as to whether NVIDIA's just-launched GeForce GTX 580 flagship GPU and its performance figures has anything to do with this. That aside, the initial 22nd November date may be set to change; AIBs will only know the final launch date from AMD at the end of this week.
Zalman Announces 80 Plus Silver Certified ZM1000-HP PLUS PSUs
Zalman launches its 80 Plus Silver certified High End Power supply, the power efficiency has been increased up to 87% for the excellent performance (80 Plus SILVER certified) without any additional price increase.
The newly designed heatpipe block enhances cooling efficiency and minimize noise level by utilizing Zalman
MSI Homeplug ePower 1000HD kit
The well awarded MSI Homeplug 200AV kit now has a successor: The MSI Homeplug ePower 1000HD kit. This set, which contains two homeplug devices, will create a wired network through the user
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. TV Series ?
DD-GTX580 Block for the Nvidia GTX-580
Danger Den, working closely with Nvidia , has immediate availability of the DD-GTX580 block to liquid cool the world