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TOP500 Names Chinese Supercomputer as World's Fastest

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TOP500 Names Chinese Supercomputer as World's Fastest

The ISC High Performance Conference reveals the fastest supercomputer in the world-- the Sunway TaihuLight, a Chinese machine boasting performance of 93 petaflops.

The previous TOP500 champ was the Tianhe-2, another Chinese machine. The TaihuLight is 100% made in China, being powered by a locally developed ShenWei processor and a custom interconnect, and as such is proof China no longer needs  Western technology in order to compete against the best of the supercomputing world.

“As the first number one system of China that is completely based on homegrown processors, the Sunway TaihuLight system demonstrates the significant progress that China has made in the domain of designing and manufacturing large-scale computation systems,” the Chinese National Supercomputing Centre says.

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The 1000-Core KiloCore Processor

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The 1000-Core KiloCore Processor

Researchers at UC Davis present a dramatic increase in the number of cores in a CPU-- as the name suggests the KiloCore processor packs no less than 1000 cores.

Making the KiloCore more impressive is the fact each core can be independently clocked to up to 1.78GHz and shut down independently when not in use. The result allows the CPU to handle up to 115 billion instruction per second while using just 0.7W of power, meaning it is so power efficient the researchers claim it can run on a single AA battery. All despite being built using an outdated 32nm CMOS process!

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IDC: PC Market Stability Remains "Elusive"

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IDC: PC Market Stability Remains

A stable PC market remains as "elusive" as ever IDC remarks as it reduces earlier 2016 forecasts-- the analyst says global 2016 shipments will drop by -7.3%, roughly -2% below earlier projections by the analyst.

The cause for such declines are "weaker than expected" conditions caused by weak currencies, depressed commodity prices, political uncertainty and delayed projects. Further confirming such conditions are Q1 2016 shipment drops reaching -12.6% Y-o-Y, down from IDC forecasts of -11.3%.

On the consumer side the shipments remain constrained by financial pressures across regions and a variety of alternatives,such as delaying a PC replacement by using the free Windows 10 upgrade or using a mobile device. Meanwhile on the enterprise side companies are still evaluating Windows 10, meaning commercial PC shipments are still to stablise.

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ABC Data Opens Budapest Centre

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ABC Data Opens Budapest Centre

Polish IT and CE distributor ABC Data sets to streamline operations in Hungary and S. Europe, as well as optimise delivery times, through the opening of a new logistics centre in Budapest.

Located in the Prologis Park Harbour logistics park near Budapest, the warehouse is managed by Hungarian logistics provider Silver Forest Logisticsystem. Currently ABC Data operates directly in 8 markets (Poland, the Baltic countries, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary), and the new centre should help it improve its position further within CEE.

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Foxconn to Buy Smart Technologies

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Foxconn to Buy Smart Technologies

On the heels of its acquisition of Japan's Sharp, Taiwan giant Foxconn intends to buy Canada's SMART Technologies, a leading brand in whiteboards.

The proposed US $200 million deal is hailed by the Canada-based AV company as a “new chapter” that will bring financial stability and future growth.

While the value of this deal to SMART is clear, it is less obvious what masterplan Foxconn may be following.

Let’s first consider SMART: best known for its patented interactive whiteboards for education, last October SMART undertook a strategic review (c Read more...

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