Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody. We hope you enjoy the holiday and hope you will also keep mindful of those in need. It is the time of giving much rather then the time of keeping.

Google Chrome overtakes the Firefox

The day has come, many thought it would not happen, many said it is not possible…

This week marks a mile stone in Google’s Chrome browser history. This week was the first time that the Chrome browser officially counted more users then Firefox. There has been talk that Firefox is releasing new versions to frequent and sometimes to quickly as some builds went from alpha to beta to release candidate in mere weeks but there could be many other reasons as well.

Google Chrome has come a long way from it’s inception to what it is today as a browser and as a platform. There have been some visual changes but most of the work was done “under the hood”, so to speak.

We would like to know what you are using in our next poll and maybe give us some feedback why in the comments section. Both can be found on the right.

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Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

DailyTech – Intel Shows 22nm 50-Core “Knights Corner” CPU

Over 1 TeraFLOPS on a single chip

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GPGPU and cloud computing have been hot topics for the last several years. Intel has shown off several designs like Larrabee and the Single-chip Cloud Computer in the past. However, it is Knights Corner that will be the firm’s first commercial product to use the Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture. The co-processor will be offered as a PCIe add-in board.

The MIC concept is simple: Use architecture specifically designed to process highly parallel workloads, but ensure compatibility with existing x86 programming models and tools.

This would give MIC co-processors the ability to run existing applications without the need to port the code to a new programming environment, theoretically allowing maximum CPU and co-processor performance simultaneously with existing x86 based applications. This would dramatically save time, cost and resources that would otherwise be needed to rewrite them to alternative proprietary languages.

AMD and NVIDIA have been trying to do with their latest architectures by enabling support for languages like C++, but Intel wants to challenge them in this potentially lucrative market.

Knights Corner will be manufactured using Intel’s latest 3-D Tri-Gate P1270 22nm transistor process and will feature more than 50 cores. Intel demonstrated first silicon of Knights Corner at the SC11 conference yesterday. The co-processor wowed the crowd by delivering more than 1 TeraFLOPS of double precision floating point performance.

The firm also touted its “commitment to delivering the most efficient and programming-friendly platform for highly parallel applications”, and showed off the benefits of the MIC architecture in weather modeling, tomography, protein folding, and advanced materials simulation at its booth.

There is no timeframe on when Knights Corner will enter production or be available to customers.
Source: DailyTech.

Intel Refreshes Ultimate Enthusiast Processor Lineup with Six-Core Offerings

Intel Refreshes Ultimate Enthusiast Processor Lineup with Six-Core Offerings.

Second-Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Family ‘Goes Extreme’ on the Eve of the 40th Anniversary of the Intel 4004 CPU

  • Intel announces two new six-core, 12-thread desktop processors targeted at PC power users and enthusiasts: the Intel® Core™ i7-3960X and the Intel Core i7-3930K.
  • These best-in-class enthusiast products are the first six-core client processors in the second-generation Intel Core processor family, and the first-ever Intel client processors supporting quad-channel memory.
  • More software titles are being optimized for multiple cores and more people are working with advanced applications, especially in content creation, 3-D rendering and gaming.
  • SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 – Intel Corporation today advanced its highest-end six-core processor family with the introduction of two new processors: the Intel® Core™ i7-3960X processor Extreme Edition and the Intel Core i7-3930K processor. These are the first six-core client processors in the second-generation “Sandy Bridge” Intel Core processor family. With over 2 billion transistors, Intel’s latest client processors offer the processing power equivalent of approximately 365,000 Intel 4004 processors**. The 40thanniversary of the Intel microprocessor is being celebrated this month.

    Users and developers of the most advanced applications — especially in content creation, 3-D rendering and gaming — will see benefits from the additional cores, large CPU caches and new quad-channel memory support. With more people posting rich media online and playing immersive games, software developers are welcoming the performance and features offered by these new processors. Game developers such as id Software* are hungry for more CPU cores.

    “To render our uniquely textured worlds, RAGE uses a very compute-intensive real-time process to transcode texture data from highly compressed form on disk to a compression format the GPU can use directly for rendering,” said John Carmack, technical director, id Software. “With two more available cores, a six-core system can transcode over 50 percent more texture data per second during gameplay than a four-core system, bringing new surfaces to full resolution quicker.”

    These processors also support the new Intel® Advanced Vector Extension (AVX) instructions which benefit 3-D rendering and physics.

    “MAXON Cinema 4D and Cinebench are designed to take advantage of all available processor threads” said Harald Schneider, CTO, MAXON* Computer. “Our new, optimized render engine intelligently divides render tasks across the threads for a more evenly distributed workload, giving us maximum throughput and performance. In addition, our upcoming service update will include Bullet-based dynamics optimized with the new Intel AVX instructions for faster physics simulations. This means faster previews and final rendering, and the ability to create even more complex scenes with more objects, more effects and higher resolutions.”

    The Intel Core i7-3960X and the Intel Core i7-3930K are fully unlocked so overclockers and enthusiasts who want to modify performance settings can do so with simple utilities***. Based on Intel’s industry-leading 32nm manufacturing process, the new CPUs run at base speeds of 3.3 and 3.2 GHz with 15MB and 12MB of L3 cache respectively. The Intel® X79 Express chipset that supports this new LGA 2011 socket platform delivers the must-have capabilities and performance for enthusiasts such as 6Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA*) ports and additional PCIe* 2.0 lanes, leading to new levels of performance and expandability for high-end desktop platforms.

    “We are excited to deliver the ultimate desktop platform to enthusiast PC users,” said Zane Ball, general manager for Intel’s Desktop Client Platforms Group. “With uncompromised performance, quad channel memory, amazing Turbo headroom and more robust PCI Express capabilities, this platform is sure to create a lot of excitement for our customers and the industry.”

    In addition to the new processors, Intel is launching a liquid-cooled CPU thermal solution. Co-developed with Asetek*, this solution will provide robust system cooling while requiring zero maintenance. This solution has been optimized to work not only on the LGA2011 socket, but also the LGA1366 and 115x sockets.

    Intel is also releasing two new enthusaist motherboards — the Intel® DX79SI and Intel DX79TO — with robust features for this high-end platform. Information on these boards can be found at www.intel.com/extremeboards.

    The Intel Core i7-3960X and the Intel Core i7-3930K are available now at 1KU prices of $990 and $555, respectively. More information is available at www.intel.com/corei7EE.

    More information on the 40th anniversary of the Intel microprocessor is available at http://newsroom.intel.com/docs/DOC-2383.

    Join me on Striker Manager

    Come and play Striker Manager

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    Striker Manager is a online soccer manager game. The game originated in the UK but has a very strong fan base in Brazil. People from all over the world play in a competitive manager environment. It is free and a login can easily be established with a current Facebook or Google account. We hope to see you soon.

    Striker Manager is also available in the Android App Store. Scan the barcode to the right to get it directly. All aspects of the game are available and accessible from the phone app. This is good for on the go fun and to check on the stats and updates of your team.

    The game is also available from the Google Chrome App Market. This will give you easy access to the game from your Google Chrome browser.

    Striker Manager will also work with Firefox and Internet Explorer

    Folding@Home

    “Pink for October” month is over and we are happy to announce that we are proud to have supported the effort through the Folding@Home Project.

    We were able to gather well over 100.000 points during the month which were accumulated across various teams.

    We are now preparing for the “Chimp Challange” and “March Madness”. We hope you will join the team in the effort. The Team is #53269. Find more information on the @Home page