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June 2013

Greetings all,

Winter Solstice Special

For those of you stressing about the imminent demise of Windows XP support, fed up with your klunker, or just maybe fancy a new PC without redling your finances, we have an excellent deal on a Lenovo Think Centre M58e PC (as good as new) complete with Windows 7 Professional.

Lenovo M58e

We have a 2GB and 4GB PC option, starting at only R2170 :) Full details and specs here

 

China takes supercomputer crown

China is once again the home of the worlds most powerful supercomputer. The Tianhe-2 (MilkyWay-2) houses 3.12 million Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi cores, over five-times as many as the AMD/Nvidia powered second place Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and almost twice as many as the third-place IBM-powered Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The Milky-Way-2 offer over 50-petaFLOPS of performance. Its 3.12 million cores are spread across 32,000 octal-core Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors and 48,000 Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor cards. The architecture is divided among 16,000 nodes each with two Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge processors and three Xeon Phi processors. Article on EE Times here.

Its interesting, and perhaps ironic, that the processing unit of the PC is the building block for the modern supercomputer, a far dry from the days of the cyustom built hard wired and super expensive supercomputers like the Cray-2.

 

Slimest Smartphone from Huawei

In our last newsletter we commended Huawei for the innovative range of products they are bringing to the market at very reasonable prices. Well they have done it again with the Huawei Ascend, which claims to be the slimest smart phone on the market: its only 6mm thick and has all the usual feautures we have come to know and love in a smartphone. Inside the Huawei are four processor cores, clocked at 1.5GHz, driving a 4.7 inch display throwing 1280x720 pixels. Its a 3G phone, the launch of an LTE variant scheduled for later this year. Article on The Register here

 

Billion-Pixel View of Mars

Fancy some eye candy to put your large LED screen through its paces? How about this 1.3 billion pixel view of the surface of Mars from that technological wonder, the Curiosity Rover. The composite comprises of nearly 900 images captured by the rover's cameras which were taken between October and November last year. The scene is of the “Rocknest” site where Curiosity collected its first sand samples, and extends to Mount Sharp on the horizon, its ultimate destination.

 

 

Thanks for reading, and regards from all of us at PCB.

 




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