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ORNL unveils Titan: The fastest supercomputer of this world

It’s capable of solving the most complex questions in science. With it, weather predictions will become lot more accurate. And its launch will give rise to a new kind of global arms race. Meet Titan – the most powerful and fastest supercomputer of this world for open scientific research.

NVIDIA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has finally launched Titan, the much anticipated supercomputer that runs with a theoretical peak performance exceeding 20 petaflops, which is equivalent to a quadrillion calculations per second. The supercomputer, which is an updated version of its predecessor Jaguar, is ten times faster and five times more energy efficient than Jaguar. The computer, which will be operated in Tennessee by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has 299,008 CPUs made by AMD. It is a Cray-XK7 system and the first machine to have 18,688 graphics processing units (GPUs) made by NVIDIA. GPUs serve as accelerators to the CPUs; this is the reason due to which Titan provides ten times faster performance output when compared to Jaguar. In addition to being faster and more energy efficient, Titan is of the same size as that of the Jaguar.

The Titan supercomputer will be used by a number of engineers and researchers from academia, industries, and government labs to research into alternative fuels and changing climatic conditions. Titan targets six flagship applications, which include material science, biofuels, climatic changes, nuclear energy, combustion, and astrophysics. The supercomputer will be able to provide answers to problems like changing atmospheric temperatures, chemical compositions, and circulation patterns. Scientists will be able to evaluate materials at the atomic level, which will help in constructing new materials with superior weight, strength, and tensile properties. They will also be able to study certain plants and convert them into biofuels through enzymatic process. The technology can also be used to create new form of fusion energy that would provide safe and clean fuels forms that would burn longer and cleaner. Also, with the help of Titan, researchers can design new ways to optimize processes, fuels, and engines to get a cleaner burning fuel.

Titan will for sure help scientists and engineers achieve breakthrough in technology.

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Sony® VAIO J Series VPCJ118FX/B All-in-One PC

The principal difference between a desktop computer, an all-in-one PC and a laptop are very little and subtle but play an important role in terms of form factor. Typically an all-in-one PC is different and has advantages over the desktop in that the number of cables required is much, much lower in the all-in-one PC. This is also the case of laptops. All-in-Ones come with the monitor housed into the same cabinet integrated into the system reducing the maze of cables all round a desktop unit.

These days, with the advent of the LCD monitors, replacing the big and bulky CRT monitors, the large screen laptops serve the purpose of an all-in-one PC. The Sony VAIO J, VPCJ118FX/B model is a typical desktop replacement with its large 21.5” full HD touch screen. This product comes with Intel i7 CPU and 6 GB DDR RAM, besides the a 500 GB hard disk for storage.

The multi-touch control on the touch screen brings about an entirely new experience in scrolling, zooming, and rotating your pictures, by simply flicking, pinching and tapping objects directly on the touch screen. The NVIDIA GeForce GPU and dedicated 512 MB video RAM brings in a wonderful graphics capability. 10 / 100 / 1000 BaseT Ethernet protocol and 802.11b / g / n Wi-Fi, 4 USB 2.0 ports, one iLink connector and 4 Mb cache, 2.66 GHz processor with its Turbo Boost technology going up to 3.33 GHz, make the product a formidable All-in-One PC.

The system comes with a CPU and display in a single unit, weighing about 21.6 lbs, with an additional wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse. The optical drive built into the CPU comes with DVD R/RW/RDL/RAM and Read-only Blu-Ray disc support. The Intel Hi-Definition audio, internal microphone and external microphone + headphone jack makes audio performance a pleasure. The built-in MotionEye Camera and microphone with face tracking technology, multimedia card reader, memory stick slot – SD memory card are interesting features in the All-in-One PC.

The Sony VAIO J, VPCJ118FX/B All-in-One PC comes with pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system, antivirus software, Sony Creativity Suite, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Pack, and VAIO Care system diagnostics and maintenance pack. The body is Energy Star 5.0 and ROHS compliant. The product comes with a one year warranty, online and e-mail support as also telephone support. The On Site / In Home Service as a feature is also interesting.

This new concept of just a display with an integrated CPU and one single power cable with a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse, with the as always best of design Sony products is really impressive in looks and performance. The touch screen is quite sensitive with wonderful multi-touch features. Sony have offered this system with several Microsoft games pre-installed which use the touch screen and a lovely Paint program for kids which is impressive.

Intel® Core i7-990X processors

Intel is busy experimenting with a 1000 Core processor on the architecture for the 48 core single chip Cloud Computer Processor. In the year 2009 itself, Intel launched their experimental 48 Core central processing unit (CPU) on a stamp sized piece of silicon. What is really interesting is the processing capability of this 48 core CPU chip, with amazing power management and power consumption features of the same. So, a 6 core or 4 core chip from Intel with speeds and performance capabilities is the foregone conclusion.

The CPU competition has gone manifold into the number of processors that can be squeezed into a single chip and the concurrent speeds of processing is what is the cutting edge technology in mainstream processing production capabilities. In fact, Tilera, the company has claims of production of 36 Core and 64 Core chips, and have even announced a 100 Core processor on the anvil. NVIDIA is claimedly working on a 512 Core Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). Working hand–in-hand with Microsoft and various cloud computing technologies, Intel strives to retain its position as the best, and most ingenious processor manufacturer around.

The concept of requirement of less cooling and reducing power consumption against the erstwhile higher and highest frequency race, maximizing processing capacity in smaller and smaller data centers, is what Intel is beating the competition to it, at.

Ranging from the revolution in 1969, with their Intel 4004 processor introduced in 1971 commercially, with 2300 transistors and 10 Micron Silicon technology, Intel have, over various steps grown to the 3 GHz, speed, with 820,000,000 transistors and the 45nm silicon thickness technology in their Core 2 Quad processors in the year 2007. The transition from 1969 to 2007, in 38 years, with technology changing at breakneck speed is something to reckon with.

Multi-core processor chips, principally are designed to do more work per clock cycle, run at lower frequencies, with each core behaving like a discrete logical processor with multiple threads to share the core’s resources. HT technology or Hyper Threading technology gave birth to this need. In fact, Hyper Threading technology allows maximization of performance by splitting the resources of each core, in the multi-core technology system. This logical evolution of Hyper Threading technology has brought about various software vendors like Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat and others to develop software, treating the multi-core processor as a single central processing unit.

Motorola® Atrix

Motorola Atrix 4G is powered by the NVIDIATegra 2 SoC dual core processor with 1 GB RAM. It has the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. Motorola and Lenovo have introduced products which defeat the concept of mobile phones, in light of their introduction of tablets, which, when connected to their docking stations perform like laptops. It is definitely an interesting concept of the smart phone in the 4G world today. Are we looking at carrying our laptops in our palms, or, something beyond that? Both these giants have proven that we can move around with a mobile phone, without the bulk of the laptop, and performing as a laptop when we want it to, back in the office or home premises where we need more competing power, beyond what we have on the move.

This Atrix attempt, of merging the two worlds of the smart phone and the PC, sounds great. With the dock you no more have to keep playing with a small little virtual keyboard and can use the full keyboard and mouse provided. The long battery life and the unique built in charger, will provide long haul operations like on flights, and with a larger display also. The resolution on the dock screen, a 15 inch display seems a bit low, and may call for improvement.

Motorola Atrix also has a sleek media player application with fairly decent audio and video. The docking station or the laptop shell as we call it, is using, a modification of the standard Android OS, and in future may be run using a Motorola version of Linux. The web browser on the laptop seems good. The shortcuts to folders, directories, file-browser, Mozilla Firefox etc. seem to be an interesting development. You can also make and receive phone calls using the speaker phone provided in the laptop, or the Bluetooth headset of the phone, allowing you to do everything that you do on your phone even when docked.

NVIDIA® Readies Dual GPU GTX 590 launch

The race between ATI and NVIDIA continues with NVIDIA announcing release of the Dual-GPU GTX 590. There was rumor in the market that NVIDIA might delay introduction of its Dual GPU to gain an advantage over ATI. NVIDIA had already confirmed that it would be soon introducing a dual GPU. It has named its latest processor as George GTX 590. NVIDIA has made an intelligent move by timing its dual GPU George GTC 590 at the same time when ATI is expected to release its much anticipated dual GPU Radeon HD 6990 “Antilles”. The NVIDIA launch is intended to catch AMD off-guard similarly as it did during launch of the predecessor GeForce GTX 580. AMD had earlier announced that it would be introducing “Antilles” in February 2011.  NVIDIA’s recent announcement was a big surprise for AMD as the dual GPU GeForce GTC 590 will directly compete against its dual GPU Radeon HD 6990 “Antilles”.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTC 590 has its foundation on the 40 nm fabrication process. NVIDIA has announced in its press release that the GeForce GTX 590 will be equipped with 2 GF110 GPUs each having a 512 CUDA core of its own. The card will also have 3 GB of GDDR5 memory, 2 x 384 bit memory interface and enhanced support for DirectX 11.

NVIDIA has made significant changes in the design process of its dual GPU GeForce GTX 590. It has also increased GPU frequencies, thus providing more effective solution. NVIDIA has confirmed that the dual GPU GeForce GTC 590 clock frequencies are set at lower level than its predecessor GeForce GTX 580, which has only one GF110 GPU. NVIDIA has not mentioned how much power the dual GPU GeForce GTX 590 will consume. Experts say that such things will only be known when the dual GPU from NVIDIA hits the market. Experts also have an opinion the power consumption of the new dual GPU will be far greater than its predecessor GeForce GTX 580. The reason given for this is the new dual GPU features two GF110 GPUs, while the GeForce GTX 580 has only one GF110 GPU.

Experts believe that NVIDIA has already decided the design and unnamed sources tell that the dual GPU will have a big 90-mm radial fan fixed in the center of the full cover cooler. The size of the GeForce GTX 590 will be closer to GeForce GTX 295 model. However, the dual GPU will be bit longer than its predecessor.

The GF110 cores used in GeForce GTX 590 are manufactured at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). The dual GPU board is packed with 128 texturing units, 1024 stream processors and 96 ROPs (Render Output Units). NVIDIA has said that it has brought the dual GPU in market to capture the demand of performance market as the sales of entry level GPU is dwindling.

Lenovo® says new ThinkPad laptops have better battery life

Lenovo says that the new ThinkPad laptops have better battery life with the launch of the latest T, L and W series computers which are fitted with Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. Lenovo with its own innovative power saving technology, added Intel’s Sandy Bridge chip which has boosted additional power output of the system.

Lenovo admitted that its latest models are highly power efficient as compared to earlier versions. This PC giant is marketing extensively on the efficient battery backup of Lenovo ThinkPad laptops. It says that a 9-cell battery will support the new ThinkPad T420 for a minimum of 15 hours. Not to end, it is also stated that a tremendous battery backup time of almost 30 hours can be achieved with the use of an extra 9-cell battery.

Lenovo says new ThinkPads have better battery life and its slim version of T420 is guaranteed to provide minimum of ten hours battery backup with a 6 cell battery and another optional battery. Both the earlier and latest versions of Lenovo ThinkPad, the new T as well as W series, are offering NVIDIA Optimus technology. This technology gives an automated switch between integrated and discrete graphics which ultimately helps to get a much more effective blend of battery efficiency and final performance.

With a huge global market, Lenovo officials say new ThinkPads offer better battery life to customers. They have designed the product keeping in mind the main stream users. The screen sizes range from 14 inch for T420 to 15.6 inch for the T520 model. The CPU for the specified models is equipped with with a 2.13-GHz Intel Core i3 and 2.7 –GHz Intel Core i7 for T520 model.  Lenovo also declared 9 hours of battery backup for T420 and 11 hours of battery backup for T520.

Lenovo says that the new ThinkPads have better battery life compared to its earlier model T 410 due to the new processor. Extremely happy with the Intel Sandy Bridge processor, Lenovo has declared a battery backup of 15 hours with its 9-cell battery. The new ThinkPad has a superb 33 percent increase in its battery performance in the T and W laptop models. Further the battery life of the laptops is also enhanced with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0. Where the ports which are not used get closed down automatically due to which power saving is done much effectively. The remote accessibility has proven beneficial in case of theft. The GPS anti-theft feature allows the laptop to get locked and disabled from further usage hence leading to the protection of one’s important data.

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