Why Microsoft is building programmable chips that specialize in search — Tech News and Analysis

SUMMARY: Microsoft has been experimenting with its own custom chip effort in order to make its data centers more efficient, and these chips aren’t centered around ARM-based cores, but rather FPGAs from Altera. via Why Microsoft is building programmable chips that specialize in search — Tech News and Analysis. FPGAs for the win, at least for […]

Microsoft Office applications barely used by many employees, new study shows – Techworld.com

After stripping out unnecessary licensing Office licenses, organisations were left with a hybrid environment, part cloud, part desktop Office. via Microsoft Office applications barely used by many employees, new study shows – Techworld.com. The Center IT outfit I work for is dumping as much on premise Exchange Mailbox hosting as it can. However we are […]

Amazon joins other web giants trying to design its own chips — Tech News and Analysis

The looming introduction of a 64-bit ARM-based server core (production 64-bit ARM server chips are expected from a variety of vendors later this year) also changes the economics of developing a server chip. While Moorhead believes building your own core is a multihundred million dollar process, Andrew Feldman, the corporate vice president and general manager […]

Picture This: Hosted Lifebits in the Personal Cloud | Cloudline | Wired.com

It’s not just photos. I want the same for my whole expanding set of digital objects, including medical and financial records, commercial transactions, personal correspondence, home energy use data, you name it. I want all of my lifebits to be hosted in the cloud under my control. Is that feasible? Technically there are huge challenges, […]

How Google Spawned The 384-Chip Server | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

SeaMicro’s latest server includes 384 Intel Atom chips, and each chip has two “cores,” which are essentially processors unto themselves. This means the machine can handle 768 tasks at once, and if you’re running software suited to this massively parallel setup, you can indeed save power and space. via How Google Spawned The 384-Chip Server […]

HP hooks up with Calxeda to form server ARMy • The Register

By itself Calxeda has made some big plans attempting to create computers like the SeaMicro SM10000. But the ability to manufacture on any scale and then sell that product is a bit limited. But as of today HP has partnered with Calxeda to sell product and help design a server using the reference design for a compute node. So the ball is rolling, and now there’s a third leg in this race between the Compute Cloud in a Box manufacturers (Calxeda, SeaMicro and Tilera). Read On:

AnandTech – ARM & Cadence Tape Out 20nm Cortex A15 Test Chip

In past readings of announcements and analysis of announcements from ARM and Calxeda, I got the impression everyone was looking forward to ARM-15 4core cpus that had 64bit capability, specially the 64-bit addressing for large amounts of DRAM. Well now the first test chip for ARM-15 has been announced. And the timescale for the production release of that chips is now clearer. My only question is when will they announce the x64 version of ARM-15. Let’s first look at what’s been written so far. Read On:

$1,279-per-hour, 30,000-core cluster built on Amazon EC2 cloud

Since the rise of Amazon first as an online retailer, second as a Data Center innovator people have always been surprised by their success. They came to dominate in 2 fields somewhat loosely related to one another. But it’s the second wave of Amazon as a Data Cloud service provider that interests me the most. It’s one thing to provide a service, a whole other to provide an raw infrastructure that you are willing to loan out on an hourly basis. To me that is a really new New Thing and deserves some attention. Here now is Scientific Computing by the hour. Read On:

Tilera routs Intel, AMD in Facebook bakeoff • The Register

One of the more radical departures from of the off the shelf commodity data centers built on Intel is the Quanta SQ-2. Based on the Tilera chip, it has multiple cores (many more than an equivalent Intel Architecture) and uses a mesh network on chip to speed communications between the cores. It’s been a long, low, slow slog to get Tilera to market in any product other than a network switch or comm switch of any sort. But according to Facebook, Tilera shows promise in the clock cycles/versus energy consumption category. Read On:

Apple patents hint at future AR screen tech for iPad | Electronista

A lot of Augmented Reality today is centered on software developments running on smartphones. Whether they be Android or iPhone doesn’t matter they want those wonderfully powerful embedded computers available to do all the work onboard the device itself. But, what if the device was not required to do all that heavy lifting itself. What if it off-loaded that work to a data center in North Carolina and beamed back the results to your device?