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The9 exposed as China's supercomputing powerhouse
The list begins much like any other supercomputer ranking. IBM built the top system, which is a cluster of servers running on Xeon chips from Intel. An oil company - China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. - owns the machine. The next system, also built by IBM, belongs to the China Meteorological Administration. The third machine, a cluster made by Dawning, sits at the Shanghai Supercomputer Center, and the fourth system again belongs to the China Meteorological Administration. So, that's oil and gas exploration, some weather modeling and serious science work. Very standard stuff in the so-called high performance computing market.
The systems ranked 5-10, however, prove more curious. These identical 1950-core clusters built by HP belong to "Gaming Company."
It's almost a sign of disrespect to have such a prominent position on a list of top supercomputers and remain shrouded in anonymity. No self-congratulating, red-blooded US company would dare turn down the marketing opportunity presented by owning six of the country's fastest computers. What, after all, is the point of even having lists if comparisons against rivals and bragging can't occur from time-to-time?
But try as it might to remain secret, the true identity of "Gaming Company" has been discovered. Our sources in China have revealed that the these six systems belong to The9 - a famous video game distributor and the Chinese proprietor of World of Warcraft.
The9 owns at least 12 of the Top 100 machines in China and may have up to 16 systems on the list. (We've not been able to confirm four of the anonymous machines, although they're all also made by HP and belong to an anonymous gaming company. And, despite repeated attempts, The9 has declined to return our requests for comment.)
Taking just the 12 machines, The9 has at least 18,032 cores of processing power - a mix of Xeons, Opterons and even Itaniums - dedicated to distributing games throughout mainland China.
It's true enough that China's supercomputer list reflects a nation
that's still in the early stages of building out its computing
infrastructure. Only 12 of the top Chinese systems rank among the 500
fastest machines on the planet, according to the most recent Top500
supercomputer list. Meanwhile, the US claims 257 of the top machines,
the UK 53, Germany 46 and France 34.
In addition, the Chinese list is filled with systems from mainstream industries such as oil and gas, entertainment and telecommunications. By contrast, the top Western machines tend to reside inside of government-funded laboratories and universities. (Part of this discrepancy may result from the fact that many foreign government bodies like to boast about their computing giants, while the PRC appears to keep many government systems hidden. In addition, Western companies tend not to bother with benchmarking their business clusters, while the Chinese seem eager to do so.)
Regardless of how you examine the trends affecting the lists of supercomputing machines, The9's story stands out as something rather remarkable. This one company aims more than 10 per cent of China's top computers at the singular task of sending out video games to the millions of local players.
AMD prepping water-cooled GeForce killer?
The upgrade would give the RV770 chip, which sits at the heart of the AMD card, a 150GB per second transfer rate that would be just enough to edge out the NVIDIA-made GeForce card and eliminate one of the few weaknesses of the current Radeon platform.
Diamond is already said to have delivered a rough version of the technology with its Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition card, which underclocks AMD's official version slightly but is otherwise identical. The official release, however, would give PC builders a drop-in option either for their own stand-alone cards or for manufactuers designing complete systems. Release dates haven't been made official but are expected soon from card designers such as ASUS and Sapphire.
My question here would be .. considering the RV770 is all about price vs. performance ... how much would this cost ?
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AMD Chipset Roadmap up-to 2009
Chili-hardware posted an interesting roadmap from AMD today. It includes an overview of official chipsets up-to 2009. It includes new RD890 and RS880 chipsets, both of which utilize DDR3 memory, as well as the new SB800 Southbridge.
The SB800 series southbridges for example, are more than nine months away yet the sliding slide below is detailing AMD's plans for them and the improvements they are set to contain.
The interconnect between the SB and NB will receive an upgrade towards PCI-Express 3.0, though the graphics card will have a 'dedicated' PCIe 2.0 connection. The SB800 chip will feature support for something called the Swift Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) which is part of the Fusion project, integrated Gigabit Ethernet, optional SATA 6.0 Gbps connection support, and improved hardware monitor. We can't wait.
Screenshots: Crysis Warhead
Publisher Electronic Arts sent out the first official screenshots from Crysis Warhead, Crytek's upcoming sci-fi shooter sequel.
Download: Realtek HD Audio 1.97 driver
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- Driver :
- Add 24-bits recording feature.
- Fix EAX direct parameter issue under XP.
- Fix dummy noise issue under XP.
- Driver :
Realtek's download servers are excrutiating slow, therefore we mirror them on our servers.
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OCZ Core SSDs launched 128GB for $479
Woohoo, I say bring it on ! OCZ has rolled out a new series of more affordable Core solid state disks. These 2.5" models are available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB for $169, $259 and $479, respectively. The drives also feature a two-year warranty. OCZ is projecting read speeds of 120 to 143 MB/sec and write speeds of 80 to 93 MB/sec. All Core Series SSDs feature a mean time before failure (MTBF) of 1.5 million hours.
NZXT Unveils Sentry LX High-Performance Fan Controller
We spotted this controller at Computex already, a really nice device. An aluminum Fan Controller Features 5 Temperature Probes, Alarm System, Intuitive Interface and LCD Display.
NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the Sentry LX, a high-performance aluminum fan controller. Sentry LX boasts a robust feature set providing gamers and PC enthusiasts with the optimal setup for monitoring and adjusting temperatures throughout the PC.
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FIFA 09 PC to get 'Next Gen' graphics
Probably the most interesting piece of information to come out of these fact sheets is the announcement of a PC version of FIFA 09 that "now features leading-edge visuals that deliver graphics that exploit the power of hi-spec gaming PCs". Turns out PC sports gaming is not completely dead at EA after all.
PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 Feature More Than 250 Core Gameplay Enhancements That Deliver Most Responsive, Intelligent and Realistic Action Ever
Apple's fourth Leopard spits out 25 patches
Apple has coughed up 25 security updates that come bundled with yesterday's release of Mac OS X 10.5.4.
The firm said its latest Leopard release addresses operating system and application performance issues and fixes a heap of security flaws.
The update affects operating system components that include CoreTypes, c++filt, Net-SNMP, Ruby, Tomcat, VPN, Alias Manager and Webkit.
Six of the vulnerabilities affect the Ruby programming language. Apple said: "Multiple memory corruption issues exist in Ruby's handling of strings and arrays, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary code execution."
The company said the update fixes the bug
Photos fool cigarette age-verification software
A Japanese reporter has used family photos and magazine cut-outs to
fool face-recognition software currently used in some of the country's
cigarette vending machines into selling him smokes.
From July, Japan
Windows XP stops selling
Microsoft will still offer support for the six-year old operating system through 2014 but users are now forced to buy Windows Vista.
Once computers loaded with XP have been cleared from the inventory of PC makers such as Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co., consumers who can't live without the old operating system on their new machine will have to buy Vista Ultimate or Vista Business and then legally "downgrade" to XP.
Microsoft will still allow smaller mom-and-pop PC builder shops to buy XP for resale through the end of January. A version of XP will also remain available for ultra-low-cost PCs such as the Asus Eee PC.
Sony Elevated Standard audio video receivers
Engineered for high-end home theaters, the new Sony STR-DA4400ES, STR-DA3400ES and STR-DA2400ES receivers feature sophisticated A/V technology supporting 1080/24p video signals, the latest audio codecs (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, dts High Resolution Audio and dts HD Master Audio) and Faroudja DCDi Cinema technology for upscaling all video sources to 1080p when connected via HDMI to a compatible high-definition television.
The Sony ES receivers are all designed around a unique construction platform, digital board and a wide band power amplifier to maintain the purity of the audio and video signals by minimizing external vibrations and internal jitter. Sony
AMD launches three more Phenom X4 processors
It's good to see AMD getting back on it's feet. today they reelase a trhee-fold of new processors.
- AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition
BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and OCX announced
Review: ASUS Xonar D2X soundcard tested
ASUS Xonar D2X soundcard review