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Gartner: IT Spending Grows 2.7% in 2017

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Gartner: IT Spending Grows 2.7% in 2017

Global IT spending is set to reach $3.5 trillion in 2017, Gartner reports-- a 2.7% increase over 2016, if one below previous growth rate projections reaching 3%.

"2017 was poised to be a rebound year in IT spending. Some major trends have converged, including cloud, blockchain, digital business and artificial intelligence," the analyst says. "Normally, this would have pushed IT spending much higher than 2.7% growth. However, some of the political uncertainty in global markets has fostered a wait-and-see approach causing many enterprises to forestall IT investments."

Devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) spending is projected to remain flat in 2017 at $589 billion, before a PC replacement cycle and strong premium untramobile pricing and functionality helps drive growth in 2018. Also pushing growth is the mobile phone replacement cycle in emerging markets, since such regions tend to use smartphones as a main computing device, demanding more frequent replacements.

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JPR: GPUs See Q-o-Q Growth on Q3 2016

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JPR: GPUs See Q-o-Q Growth on Q3 2016

Overall GPU shipments show 20.4% Q-o-Q growth on Q3 2016, even if seen on a Y-o-Y basis shipments remain essentially flat (with a 0.3% increase), Jon Peddie Research reports, a reflection of the PC market during the same period.

GPUs make for a good indicator of the state of the PC market, since a GPU goes in every system before shipment. In fact, JPR says Q3 2016 PC shipments are up by 8.09% Q-o-Q and down by -5.37% Y-o-Y.

Driving the Q-o-Q growth are gaming desktops and notebooks, as well as datacentres. The analyst hopes gaming machines, being high ASP systems, will help offset the slowdown in overall PC shipments. However such systems only contribute "a few million unit shipments" on an annual basis, less than the decline of the total PC market.

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Gartner: EMEA Sees Some IT Spending Growth in 2017

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Gartner: EMEA Sees Some IT Spending Growth in 2017

According to Gartner IT spending in EMEA will total $1.25 trillion with 1.9% growth in 2017-- something of an improvement after a 2016 of almost flat growth of just 0.6%.

Leading to such slowdown is a decrease in devices spending consistent across all countries making the region. On the other hand software and IT services contribute most to overall growth in 2017, thanks to growing spending on digitalisation as organisations look to modernise core IT systems as part of their digital transformation.

However, while normally datacentre spending would grow as spending on software increases, the effect is more muted in 2017 due to the growing adoption of cloud-based offerings such as SaaS.

Gartner also points out the effects of Brexit, the most pronounced of which is the decline of the pound sterling causing price increases for many IT products in the UK in 2016.

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Intel Shows "Miraculous" Photonics Chips

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Intel Shows

An analyst report on the Barron's tech trading blog claims Intel might have chipmaking "game changer"-- miniaturised on-die silicon photonics technology allowing for the faster transmission of data between chip components.

As the Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Christopher Rolland puts it, such technology can "mitigate Moore's Law," the semiconductor design rule the likes of Intel have been grinding against in recent years. He also describes the "chips with frickin' lasers" as "nothing short of miraculous" and "a potential game changer for Intel and the semiconductor industry."

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Researchers Break Multi-Core CPU Bottleneck

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Researchers Break Multi-Core CPU Bottleneck

Intel and North Carolina State University researchers claim to have a solution to one of the more persistent problems hitting modern CPUs-- the communications between multiple processor cores.

How is this a problem, when all, dual- and quad-core chips have shown great improvements over single-core options? Scaling beyond 8, 10, 16 or more cores actually shows diminishing returns, and the issue gets even worse with poorly optimised software.

A possible solution lies in what the researchers call the Queue Management Device (QMD), a dedicated set of logic circuits handling the software queue. This turns three multistep software-queue operations into three simple instructions-- add data to the queue, take data from the queue and put data close to where it is needed next.

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