Intel Aims to “Re-Architect” Datacenters to Meet Demand for New Services

  • Reveals new details of the forthcoming 22nm Intel® Atom™ processors C2000 product family, enabling the company to target a larger portion of the datacenter market.
  • Unveils future roadmap of 14nm datacenter products including a system-on-chip (SoC) that for the first time will incorporate Intel’s next-generation Broadwell architecture to address an even broader range of workloads.
  • Rackspace Hosting* announces that it will deploy a new generation of rack designs as part of its hybrid cloud solutions aligned with Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture vision.

As the massive growth of information technology services places increasing demand on the datacenter, Intel Corporation today outlined its strategy to re-architect the underlying infrastructure, allowing companies and end-users to benefit from an increasingly services-oriented, mobile world.

The company also announced additional details about its next-generation Intel® Atom™ processor C2000 product family (codenamed “Avoton” and “Rangeley”), as well as outlined its roadmap of next-generation 14nm products for 2014 and beyond. This robust pipeline of current and future products and technologies will allow Intel to expand into new segments of the datacenter that look to transition from proprietary designs to more open, standards-based compute models.

“Datacenters are entering a new era of rapid service delivery,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group at Intel. “Across network, storage and servers we continue to see significant opportunities for growth. In many cases, it requires a new approach to deliver the scale and efficiency required, and today we are unveiling the near and long-term actions to enable this transformation.”

As more mobile devices connect to the Internet, cloud-based software and applications get smarter by learning from the billions of people and machines using it, thus resulting in a new era of context-rich experiences and services. It also results in a massive amount of network connections and a continuous stream of real-time, unstructured data. New challenges for networks, computing and storage are emerging as the growing volume of data is transported, collected, aggregated and analyzed in datacenters. As a result, datacenters must be more agile and service-driven than ever before, and easier to manage and operate.

The role of information technology has evolved from being a way to reduce costs and increase corporate productivity to becoming the means to deliver new services to businesses and consumers. For example, Disney* recently started providing visitors with wirelessly connected-wristbands to enhance customers’ in-park experience through real-time data analytics. Additionally, a smart traffic safety program from Bocom* in China seeks to identify traffic patterns in a city of ten million people and intelligently offers better routing options for vehicles on the road.

‘Re-Architecting’ Network, Storage and Servers

To help companies prepare for the next generation of datacenters, Intel revealed its plans to virtualize the network, enable smart storage solutions and invest in innovative rack optimized architectures.

Bryant highlighted Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture (RSA), an advanced design that promises to dramatically increase the utilization and flexibility of the datacenter to deliver new services. Rackspace Hosting*, an open cloud company, today announced the deployment of new server racks that is a step toward reaching Intel’s RSA vision, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel Ethernet controllers with storage accelerated by Intel Solid State Drives. The Rackspace design is the first commercial rack scale implementation.

The networking industry is on the verge of a transition similar to what the server segment experienced years ago. Equipping the network with open, general purpose processing capabilities provides a way to maximize network bandwidth, significantly reduce cost and provide the flexibility to offer new services. For example, with a virtualized software defined network, the time to provision a new service can be reduced to just minutes from two to three weeks with traditional networks. Intel introduced Open Network Platform reference designs to help OEMs build and deploy this new generation of networks.

Data growth is a challenge to all datacenters and transferring this large volume of data for processing within a traditional, rigid storage architecture is costly and time consuming. By implementing intelligent storage technologies and tools, Intel is helping to reduce the amount of data that needs to be stored, and is improving how data is used for new services.

Traditional servers are also evolving. To meet the diverse needs of datacenter operators who deploy everything from compute intensive database applications to consumer facing Web services that benefit from smaller, more energy-efficient processing, Intel outlined its plan to optimize workloads, including customized CPU and SoC configurations.

As part of its strategy, Intel revealed new details for the forthcoming Intel® Atom™ processors C2000 product family aimed for low-energy, high-density microservers and storage (codenamed “Avoton”), and network devices (codenamed “Rangeley”). This second generation of Intel’s 64-bit SoCs is expected to become available later this year and will be based on the company’s 22nm process technology and the innovative Silvermont microarchitecture. It will feature up to eight cores with integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory.

The new products are expected to deliver up to four times1,3 the energy efficiency and up to seven times1,2 more performance than the first generation Intel Atom processor-based server SoCs introduced in December last year. Intel has been sampling the new Intel Atom processor server product family to customers since April and has already more than doubled the number of system designs compared to the previous generation.

Roadmap for Expansion

The move to services-oriented datacenters presents considerable opportunities for Intel to expand into new segments. To help bolster the underlying technologies that power much of the next generation of datacenters, Intel outlined its roadmap of next-generation products based on its forthcoming 14nm process technology scheduled for 2014 and beyond. These products are aimed at microservers, storage and network devices and will offer an even broader set of low-power, high-density solutions for their Web-scale applications and services.

The future products include the next generation of Intel Xeon processors E3 family (codenamed “Broadwell”) built for processor and graphic-centric workloads such as online gaming and media transcoding. It also includes the next generation of Intel Atom processor SoCs (codenamed “Denverton”) that will enable even higher density deployments for datacenter operators. Intel also disclosed an addition to its future roadmap – a new SoC designed from the ground up for the datacenter based on Intel’s next-generation Broadwell microarchitecture that follows today’s industry leading Haswell microarchitecture. This SoC will offer higher levels of performance in high density, extreme energy efficient systems that datacenter operators will expect in this increasingly services-oriented, mobile world.

WhatsApp Luncurkan Fitur Baru di Windows Phone

Jakarta – WhatsApp is one of the instant messaging service that can be used by many types of cell phone operating system. Not surprisingly, WhatsApp has 250 million active users. According to the Wall Street Journal website, this amount is equivalent to the number of users on Twitter, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.
What’s more, the instant messaging application also does not include ads in their services. Users were not bothered by ads that sometimes appear like the other instant messaging services.
Now, WhatsApp update the application with new features for Windows Phone users. Some of the new features that include
1. Make voice calls;
2. Background API (Application Programming Interface) which can play music;
3. New Smiley;
4. Notifications are updated to the user;
5. Quick summary (if the application is open and the user clicks the notification, the application will open fast like on Android);
6. The user will be asked whether you want to save the conversation history, users can arrange it through the settings menu, and
7. Images are displayed larger.
Updates on Windows Phone devices can be downloaded in Windows Phone Store.

SuVolta’s transistor technology speed-power benefits are validated in ARM processor

The ARM Cortex-M series processor was manufactured with SuVolta’s Deeply Depleted Channel (DDC) technology on a 65 nm bulk planar CMOS DDC process. With SuVolta’s transistor technology, designers are able to reduce power or improve performance, depending upon design requirements.

“ARM’s heritage is based on low power, so technologies that can further improve power consumption, such as DDC technology from SuVolta, will always be welcomed by ARM and our Partners,” said Noel Hurley, vice president, Strategy and Marketing, Processor Division, ARM. “SuVolta has shown that the DDC technology, when incorporated into an ARM processor, can provide additional power reductions or a significant performance boost. As the Internet of Things continues to expand, innovative ultra-low power technology for Sensors and other devices will be vital to ensure that ARM remains at the forefront of this opportunity.”

When compared to an identical ARM Cortex-M0 processor manufactured in the conventional 65 nm process, with a 1.2 V supply voltage, the DDC transistor-based ARM implementation operating at 0.9 V demonstrates a 50 percent lower total power consumption at matched 350 MHz operating speed. There is also a 35 percent increased operating speed (performance) at matched power. In addition there is a 55 percent increased operating speed when operated at matched supply voltage.

“We’ve now validated the benefits of the DDC technology in a complex SoC, by combining the ARM Cortex-M0 CPUs with SRAM instances and various analog components,” explained David Kidd, senior director, digital design at SuVolta. “The results speak for themselves – power-performance optimized CPU cores, with results that hold across process corners and temperature, plus, SRAMs with 150 mV lower minimum operating voltage, 50 percent less leakage power at matched SRAM read current, and more than 5x less leakage power in retention mode.”

“Reducing power consumption and enhancing performance are key to providing next-generation capabilities for a variety of advanced digital products,” said Bruce McWilliams, president and CEO at SuVolta. “By validating the speed-power advantages of the DDC technology in a SoC that includes ARM processors, we’ve reached another significant milestone in demonstrating the value of our technology in a system.”

Graphics Card Asus GTX660-DC2T-2GD5

Approaching the Upper Class

Asus GTX660 graphics card-DC2T-2GD5 comes with a specification that is faster than the reference. Asus set a speed accelerator graphics card Nvidia GK106 based graphics core is at 1072MHz. Speed ​​is higher than the reference GeForce GTX 660 has a 980MHz speed accelerator. Not only that, the speed of the accelerator can still u7-435-1137MHz Asusmeningkat longer automatically when needed. In addition, the speed of local memory is also pegged slightly higher, at 3050MHz (6100MHz effective) than the reference 3000MHz (6000 MHz effective). Unfortunately, while trying to overclock, he refused. It seems, the default value used is the maximum value.

In terms of design, graphics card with 960 CUDA cores and 2GB of memory GDDR5 192bit local has a design that resembles the Asus graphics cards in general. Him, Asus DirectCU cooler pair which is typical Asus cooler. Overall the Asus GTX660-DC2T-2GD5 have a pretty long card size. Therefore, make sure your case has enough space. DirectCU cooling that is used is quite stocky with two large fans and also comes with a copper heatpipe to help remove heat. However, this is quite slim DirectCU cooling that makes the graphics card is not too thick. Asus device is “only” requires two slots in your chassis

Oh yes, the GeForce GTX 660 graphics card is theoretically requires about 140W, therefore, at the end there is a power port PCI-Express 6pin to meet its needs. Also make sure you use a power supply that has enough power.

Regarding the output options, Asus GTX660-DC2T-2GD5 provides output options that are complete: two DVI, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort. For those of you who want to use dual graphics card configuration, it also supports SLI.

About its performance, the Asus graphics card performance is quite good for the middle class. Its performance is very adequate for running a variety of the latest 3D games at high resolution with high detail anyway. In fact, its performance can approach the graphics card that was in it, such as the AMD Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7950. DirectCU cooling that uses the performance was quite good for being able to keep the temperature remained normal without producing noise.

Asus GTX660-DC2T-2GD5 is a middle class graphics card that can deliver performance-class graphics card like a top. The price is quite high, but it is balanced with a price performance that is able to produce.

Toshiba’s New Laptop To Launch 6 Various Segments

As one of the leading computer brands in the world and the country, the presence of Toshiba products are always eagerly anticipated. Located at the hotel Le Meridien, Jakarta, Toshiba introduces 6 new laptop that has a captivating design.
For the market segment under 5 million, Toshiba has prepared two products namely Satellite C40 and L40. For series C, there are several options that Intel Celeron processor, AMD E, and A Series. The screen size can also be selected, between 14 inches and 15.6 inches. While the Satellite L comes in the form of a lightweight and stylish, with a body thickness of only 24mm. For multimedia, L40 is equipped Onkyo stereo speakers and options available in the NVIDIA GPU.
On it, there are Satellite S40 that incorporates a 14-inch touch screen with a sleek design. With a touch of ice metal silver aluminum layer, S40 look beautiful and smart. Intelligence looks at the preformance specifications, such as the inclusion of NVIDIA GeForce GT740M graphics card with 2GB VRAM, Onkyo speakers, DTS, as well as a choice of Intel 3rd generation and 4th generation. Toshiba Satellite S40t of the market price of 8 million dollars.
On it, there are Satellite S40 that incorporates a 14-inch touch screen with a sleek design. With a touch of ice metal silver aluminum layer, S40 look beautiful and smart. Intelligence looks at the preformance specifications, such as the inclusion of NVIDIA GeForce GT740M graphics card with 2GB VRAM, Onkyo speakers, DTS, as well as a choice of Intel 3rd generation and 4th generation. Toshiba Satellite S40t of the market price of 8 million dollars.

Multimedia laptop fans, will be pampered with Qosmio X70 is no less powerful than a desktop PC. Series gaming laptop lineup presents a Full HD 17.3-inch screen, an Intel Core 4th generation (Haswell), 1TB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX770M (3GB GDDR5 VRAM). For the best sound quality, Qosmio X70 uses four speakers harman kardon with slipstream technology and DTS Sound Studio. With all these advantages, Toshiba’s confident enough to include in the figure the price tag of 23 million dollars.

Multimedia laptop fans, will be pampered with Qosmio X70 is no less powerful than a desktop PC. Series gaming laptop lineup presents a Full HD 17.3-inch screen, an Intel Core 4th generation (Haswell), 1TB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX770M (3GB GDDR5 VRAM). For the best sound quality, Qosmio X70 uses four speakers harman kardon with slipstream technology and DTS Sound Studio. With all these advantages, Toshiba’s confident enough to include in the figure the price tag of 23 million dollars.

Facebook Hashtags Not Catching on With Consumers

While using hashtags in Facebook posts might be a fun tactic for brands trying to engage consumers, it doesn’t appear to be paying off, a new study finds.
Research from social media analytics firm Simply Measured revealed that while 20 percent of Facebook posts among top brands now include hashtags (which give users a way to group messages of similar content), there is no evidence that hashtags are influencing engagement.

The study shows that posts with hashtags —a new feature added with in the last several months — perform as well as those without, suggesting that people are not yet discovering brand posts by their tags.

Overall, the study shows nearly all of the companies in the Interbrand 100 — which ranks businesses based on financial status — now have a Facebook fan page, with 60 percent posting something at least once a day.

[No, Really, Facebook Makes Employees More Productive]

The research revealed that visual content is by far the primary driver for engagement on Facebook. Photos posted by top brands average more than 9,400 engagements, which includes likes, comments and shares, per post, while video posts average more than 2,500.

When it comes to text posts, brands must walk a fine line. Analysis of more than 500 status updates from the top brands shows that the longer a status update is, the less engagement it typically receives. However, if a status update is too short — less than 50 characters — it may not be long enough to capture viewers’ attention or provide the necessary context to drive the number of likes, shares and comments a brand would like.

“For most brands, Facebook is no longer just a network; it has become the hub of their social marketing efforts and one of the most effective ways to engage with fans,” said Adam Schoenfeld, CEO of Simply Measured. “This latest research once again proves that knowing your audience, understanding your content assets and measuring your efforts are extremely important to develop the social strategies that will work best for you.”

Businesses that limit Facebook fans from writing on their page might want to reconsider their strategy. The research shows that nearly 30 percent of top brands do not allow users to post on their wall. For those brands, user engagement on their page is limited to likes, comments and shares, resulting in 15 percent less engagement than brands that do allow user posts.

When it comes to drawing the most Facebook fans, no one does it better than Facebook itself. The social media giant claims the top spot with 93 million fans, followed by Coca-Cola and MTV.

Toshiba launches 6 New Notebooks at Once

JAKARTA – Toshiba continues to flood the market with the latest line of notebooks. Unmitigated, the Japanese manufacturer is introducing six champion as well as to the Indonesian market.
Toshiba seems to deliberately give broad options to consumers on the need for a portable PC. Six new hero is introduced, among others, Z10t Portege, Qosmio X70, S40 Satellite, Satellite P50, Satellite C40, and Satellite L40.
“Purity, Metal, Functional Elegance, Intuition, and Technology. Those are some basic designs that we apply to our newest line of laptops,” said Gregory Beh, Product Specialist, PC Product Marketing, Computer Systems Division, Toshiba Singapore, in Introducing New Toshiba Notebook PC’s Line Up, in Jakarta, Thursday (07/04/2013).
He added that the six portable PC is Toshiba’s line up of products that are available in the market this month. “This year we are still concentrating on notebooks,” said Beh.