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July 30, 2009  5:03 PM

Today is the 10th Annual Sysadmin Day

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

I just heard that today is the 10th Annual Sysadmin Day. From the website:

A sysadmin unpacked the server for this website from its box, installed an operating system, patched it for security, made sure the power and air conditioning was...

July 23, 2009  1:55 PM

Details on the upcoming Power7 processor

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

IBM this week revealed details about its upcoming Power7 processor, confirming that it will be a 45-nanometer chip with 4, 6 or 8 cores. Each core will have up to 4 computing threads, meaning there could be up to 32 threads on a single Power7 chip. The Power7 processor is expected out next year,...


July 21, 2009  2:18 PM

UltraSparc T2 chip gets speed bump

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu have announced that it will now sell servers with UltraSparc T2 chips that have speeds up to 1.6GHz. The previous top speed was 1.4Ghz. One of the criticisms of the UltraSparc chip is that...


July 16, 2009  1:27 PM

Oracle-Sun merger likely to take some time, thanks to regulators

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Though Sun shareholders may give the thumbs-up to a merger with Oracle in a meeting today, users shouldn't expect it to be complete for months, despite Oracle's claims and hopes. Two weeks ago, Oracle announced that the U.S. Justice...


July 14, 2009  3:21 PM

IBM has most energy efficient supercomputers

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The 5th annual list of the most energy efficient supercomputers was published recently. IBM took the top four spots and 18 out of the top 20. The Green500 list is...


July 14, 2009  9:17 AM

Report: Intel to release new server chips in early August

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

According to a report in Digitimes, which cites anonymous industry sources, Intel will launch four more Xeon server chips early next month. The quad-core chips include processors in the 5500 (ie. "Nehalem") and 3000 Xeon chip line....


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