SGI Creates 10,000-Core Concept Computer

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Silicon Graphics has come up with a new concept of Molecule using mostly off-the-shelf consumer electronics components that packs in 10,000 cores into a single rack.

While the computer sounds like a powerhouse, it isn't real. But its a demonstration of how chips and memory using in personal computers can be brought together to create a powerhouse, says SGI.

Engineers at the company's research labs say they drew up the system to show how consumer electronics technologies could be applied to overcome some of the limits supercomputers face today.

The Molecule computer can handle 20,000 threads of execution, about 40 times more than a single rack x86 cluster system and was designed around an Intel Atom N330 chip, says SGI.

The computer would offer the computing power and memory bandwidth of more than 750 high-end PCs, yet it would consume less than half the power and less than 1.4 percent of the physical space.

"The Molecule concept computer balances processor speed, sustained memory bandwidth and power consumption," says SGI in a statement.

Most general purpose supercomputers have up to 512 cores in a rack but can expand to tens of thousands of CPUs.

The largest supercomputers use up to 100,000 cores - or even more - spread across hundreds of racks to deliver very high floating point performance and application flexibility.

The SGI Molecule concept computer is focused more on memory bandwidth, density and riding the evolution of consumer CPUs, says the company.


HP Launches First Multi-Touchscreen Notebook

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Take that Apple! HP has launched a new convertible notebook with multi-touch technology popularized by Apple's iPhone.

The new HP TouchSmart tx2 notebook PC's convertible design allows for three modes: PC, display and tablet, says the company. It comes with a rechargeable digital ink pen that users can use to draw and take notes on the screen.

The notebook includes an enhanced HP MediaSmart digital entertainment software suite that supports the familiar touch computing gestures such as pinch, flick, tap and drag with two fingers that can be used to interact with photos, video and other multimedia on the computer.

The laptop weighs about 4.5 pounds, has a 12.1-inch diagonal display and has an AMD Turion X2 processor. It is priced starting at $1,150.

HP already has a TouchSmart touchscreen desktop that it launched earlier this year.


Red Hat, Ingres Offer ISVs Enterprise Open Source Platform

Ingres a member of Red Hat Exchange (RHX), a programme through which Red Hat showcases enterprise-ready open source solutions with its ISV partners and Red hat have announced plans to work closely together with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in the EMEA region.

They are collaborating to present ISVs with an enterprise-class business offering. A launch event is planned for 27 November 2008 at Messeturm in Frankfurt, Germany, and signals the start of a range of joint activities for existing partners and interested parties to be held across the EMEA region in the following months.

Industry expert Paolo Malinverno from Gartner will be presenting a key note highlighting the market potential of enterprise open source software stacks and will demonstrate the opportunities and challenges presented by this approach.


Jerry Yang Stepping Down As Yahoo! CEO

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Big boss of yahoo groups has given a huge statement saying that he is stepping down as yahoo CEO.Yang, who assumed the CEO role at the board's request in June 2007, will reassume his former title of chief Yahoo! once a successor is found and will also remain on the company's board.
"From founding this company to guiding its growth into a trusted global brand that is indispensible to millions of people, I have always sought to do what is best for our franchise," said Jerry Yang.
For the past year and a half , jerry has faced extraordinary challenged and distraction , faced them and made yahoo stay back in the market.Roy bostock the chairman yahoosaid the board accepts the decisions of Jerry and they are looking for a New Ceo who will take the company to Next level.
Well Jerry yang had an Interesting challenges as an CEO and handled them well.


Sun Cuts 6,000 Jobs

Again its a Bad morning to the industry of software. The s/w Giant Sun Micro systems has announced a layoff of 6000 jobs in the coming 12 months. This is for restructuring plan aimed at reducing costs by approximately $700 to $800 million annually.
Sun expects to incur total charges in the range of $500 to $600 million over the next 12 months in connection with the plan, of which it expects to incur approximately $375 to $450 million within its current fiscal year 2009.

The company has also decided to enter into New business groups like Apllication platform software, system platforms and also cloud computing and developer platforms.


Windows HPC Server 2008 launched by Microsoft

So Microsoft strikes again, now it has come with the Release to Manufacture(RTM) of windows High performance server 2008. It seems HPC 2008 will be available to Independent software vendoew and computer manufacturers for final distribution.

Pallavi Kathuria, director, server business group, Microsoft India, said, “The success achieved by Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 in the last few years is a strong testament of Microsoft’s value proposition in the High Performance Computing market. We are confident that as the successor, Windows HPC Server 2008 will help us further build on this momentum by offering an easy-to-deploy, cost-effective and scalable HPC solution for firms to leverage their existing resources and scale from workstation to cluster — all in a familiar Windows environment.”

According to Microsoft Windows HPC 2008 is designed for imrpoving productivity of systems administration and cluster interoperability by simplifying overall deployment,administration and management ocer the entire system lifetime.
Window HPC Server 2008 also supports third-party numerical library providers, performance optimisers, compilers and debugging toolkits.


Free Video Chat by Gmail

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Guys Internet giant google has taken one more initiative to compete againt its
toughest competetors microsoft and yahoo.Google has enabled video chat to gmail.

All you need to do is you need to have a webcam and a small web browser plugin to start video chatting. And listen with out web cam you can also have a voice chat.

"Google is offering browser-based voice and video chat as a natural extension to webmail and instant messaging, allowing people to choose how they want to communicate at each moment -- by e-mail, instant message, voice or video," states the company.

steps for getting started:
Open a gmail chat window.
Click on Options menu
choose Add voice/video chat

When you re-open Gmail, you'll notice your 'Options' link in your chat window has changed to 'Video & more'.

You can pop out the video and change its size and position, or switch to full screen.

Gmail voice and video chat is being rolled out over the next day or so on PCs and on Macs. Google Apps customers get this service as well, at no extra charge, and can voice or video chat with any other Gmail or Apps users.

To use voice and video chat, your PC must have Windows XP or a more recent version, or an Intel-Based Mac with Mac OS X v10.4 or later. It works in browsers that support the latest version of Gmail (Google Chrome, Firefox 2.0+, Internet Explorer 7.0 and Safari 3.0).


24 Nov: Software Testing Conference 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Welcome back guys its been quite a period that i haven't given any post on my blog.
see here comes a rocking news to testing professionals accross India
I heard there is an 8th Annual Software Testing Conference (STC) 2008 to be held in Bengaluru by QAI.You can find Industry leaders gather to discuss the oppurtunities arising in the market of testing.

This is important for guys as it would be discussed in the current economic scenario.

Themed 'The Second Wave of Testing', the conference will bring together practitioners and thought leaders from the industry, academia and government, for sharing and exchanging ideas and learning in the area of software testing and process improvement. The two-day conference will be followed by post-conference tutorials across various cities.

The conference will also see speakers including Sashi Reddi, chairman, Applabs Technologies; Michel Guez, managing director, Smartesting; Murali Krishnan, director, testing services and operations, Cognizant Technologies; and Ranjana Narawane, lead technology capabilities, Accenture, amongst others.

Amongst the 600 delegates attending the conference, representatives from software companies in the Asia Pacific region including CTOs, CXOs, testing experts, consultants and trainers will be present. There has also been widespread interest from various international delegations like Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Australia, to participate and avail of the opportunity to interact with the global leaders of the outsourced testing industry.

Practitioners from various testing organisations contest for The Testing Leadership Award at the conference. The conference this year has received over 330 best papers and practices from over 85 maturity companies across the world.


Live Search Maps by Microsoft India

Microsoft India has launched Live Search Maps for India that offers users access to detailed listings and street maps for nine cities, business listings across 29 cities and access to highway networks to 20,000 cities and towns. Live Search Maps for India is on Microsoft’s Live Search Service, thereby allowing users to search for geographical information, places of general interest and business listings both on the PC and the mobile.
This is the first version of its local mapping service for India with the key features developed by the Microsoft India Development Centre (MSIDC) based in Hyderabad.

Speaking on the launch, Rishi Srivastava, head, consumer and online marketing operations, Microsoft India, said, “We are proud to launch Live Search Maps for users in our country. This is the first version of Live Search Maps for India, and Microsoft will continue to introduce new features and improvements in the near future to meet emerging needs of consumers. Over the last two years, Microsoft has made significant investments into research and development for Live Search, acquired global resources and introduced several new features which we believe are extremely relevant and will deliver great value to our users.”

“After recent innovations for Live Search such as image search, video search, local search, xRank and instant answers, we have rolled out Live Search Maps on our search platform to enable people to learn, discover and explore specific locations in India,” added Srivastava.

Several key innovations and features of Live Search Maps India were developed at MSIDC based on their research and understanding of the search needs of users in India. It leverages the Live Search Maps for India to deliver 2D mobile maps, location search and driving directions and supports adaptive rendering for results from Web, news, instant answers and spaces search.

“In the near future, we plan to add new features such as landmark-based driving directions, collections search, options for enterprise customers and developer community to create custom mash-ups, along with satellite imagery and related features for India and key cities,” said Gurpreet S. Pall, general manager, Live Search and MSN Technologies, Microsoft India Development Centre.

Live Search Maps India is powered by the Microsoft Virtual Earth platform, draws information through multiple local vendor sources such as NavTeq and uses Government of India approved data.



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