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About Possible Foundries and Impossible Processes

The start of December is when the International Electron Devices Meeting IEDM traditionally takes place. Next to the presentation of numerous new designs (with and without silicon), its agenda always includes an overview of the latest process technology.

The HPC Triple Crown [HPCWIRE]

The semi-annual HPC "500 list" time and its attendant fall iron horse racing season are upon us. Thanks to the hard work of the list keepers, we currently enjoy three major ones to review, compare and contrast: TOP500, Green500 and Graph 500. Each focuses on a distinct aspect of HPC – number crunching, energy efficiency, and data crunching, respectively – and together they allow us to construct our own type of Triple Crown. Since new race results were recently announced, let's take a look at the current standings.

TOP500 Slides from SC12 are now available

The slides from the TOP500 BoF Session at SC12 in Salt Lake City, Utah are now available. Special for this year was the presentation by Horst Simon of all systems that made it to the top of the list in the last 20 years and a special presentation by Hans Meuer about sites entering the list for the first time. The TOP500 BoF session was held on November 13, 2012.

About Assumptions and Acquisitions

The PC market is in a tailspin and many companies have to announce very poor results – and yet, we also have some winners. AMD is definitely not among them, a mass layoff looms on the horizon. And, again, take-over rumors are circulating.

About a Golden October and Autumn Leaves

It's an old tradition: Where Intel shows off its products and roadmaps, AMD is not far off. At the IDF, Intel could boast the new Haswell processor – but its launch is still nine months away. AMD intends to crank it up right away.