Kioxia's CD8 Series PCIe5 SSDs Dish Up To 15TB Of Dense Data Center Storage At 7.2GB/s

It was only around four and a half months ago when Kioxia debuted its CD7 series of cutting-edge SSDs for data centers, which entered the market as the industry's first PCIe 5.0 models to support the EDSFF E3.S (7.5mm) form factor. Now just a relatively short while later, Kioxia announced it sampling its second generation PCIe 5.0 SSDs for enterprise and data center customers, the CD8 series. Kioxia's CD8 models ship in a 2.5-inch, 15mm Z-height form factor. As such, they fill need for faster PCIe 5.0 storage for enterprise and data center servers that have not yet transitioned to EDSFF, or perhaps...

NVIDIA Launches Hopper H100, World's Largest AI And Compute Accelerator With 30x A100 Performance

Back in the 1990s, NVIDIA got its start selling graphics adapters for desktop PCs. After a rocky start with the NV1, NVIDIA established itself as a performance leader soon thereafter with the release of the TwiN-Texel (TNT) chip, and with the original GeForce 256, as a technology leader, too. That's all ancient history now, but the facts haven't changed: NVIDIA is the world's biggest producer of discrete graphics processors. People usually simply say "GPUs," yet that's become a bit of an ironic name as the years go on. Team Green still sells lots of graphics chips, of course, but the biggest portion...

NVIDIA Unveils 144-Core Grace CPU Superchip, NVLink-C2C Interconnect To Shred HPC Workloads

NVIDIA is expanding its CPU design efforts in with the introduction of its Grace CPU Superchip, its first discrete data center CPU for high performance computing (HPC) workloads. It's actually two processors linked together in the same package. The chips connect coherently over NVLink-C2C, a new high-speed, low-latency, chip-to-chip interconnect that NVIDIA also unveiled today at GTC 2022. The Grace CPU Superchip is intended to complement NVIDIA's Grace Hopper Superchip, a hybrid CPU-GPU integrated module introduced last year for giant-scale HPC and AI applications. Both solutions share the same...

AMD Unveils 3rd Gen EPYC Milan-X Data Center CPUs With 3D V-Cache For A Huge Performance Uplift

Following up on its launch of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in the consumer sector, AMD today unveiled its 3rd Gen EPYC "Milan-X" processors for the data center with similar stacked 3D V-cache enhancements and chip packaging technology. Compared to its non-stacked 3rd Gen EPYC processors, AMD is claiming up to a massive 66 performance uplift across a variety of targeted technical computing workloads by effectively tripling the L3 cache available on its EPYC lineup. The keyword there is "targeted." AMD is upfront that Milan-X EPYC CPUs were designed to benefit specialized workloads, and so it won't be...

Cisco Small Business Router Security Flaws Allow Malicious Code Execution, Patch ASAP

A new Security Advisory from Cisco has outlined a huge number of security-related vulnerabilities and issues that have been patched in their latest firmware update. The security advisory says to run updates on the devices affected immediately. The advisory, which was first published on February 2 and updated again on February 4 of 2022, outlines that a large number of bugs have been patched in the latest firmware available for the devices. The bugs that were patched allow things such as arbitrary code execution, elevating privileges, arbitrary command execution, and bypass authorization and authentication....

AMD Unveils EPYC With 3D V-Cache, Beastly Dual-Die Instinct MI200 GPU For Massive HPC Workloads

For chip companies, bigger profit margins can be found in the data center market, and that's often where we see new innovations manifest first before trickling into the consumer space. To wit, we know AMD is prepping a Zen 3 refresh with stacked 3D V-cache. While we patiently wait, AMD today also just introduced 3rd Gen EPYC processors with 3D V-cache. Combined with its also-new Instinct MI200 GPU accelerators, AMD claims to be arming data centers and high performance computing (HPC) customers with the arsenal they need for the exascale era. That's the theme of today's unveiling—the need...

NVIDIA Shows Beefy Arm CPUs Battling x86 Servers For A100 GPU-Powered Cloud AI Dominance

NVIDIA is thumping its chest over a round of impressive benchmark runs that highlight the potency of mixing its A100 accelerators with either Arm or x86 hardware. Regardless of the CPU platform, NVIDIA contends that its accelerators enable the "best results in AI inference," and it has another batch of benchmarks to support its claim. The GPU maker is especially interested in highlighting results obtained with A100 and Arm hardware. Traditionally, data centers have turned to x86 silicon, which is well-suited for the kinds of demanding workloads they're constantly being hammered with, for a variety...

NVIDIA Grace Next-Gen Arm CPU Delivers 10x Performance Lift For Giant-Scale AI And HPC Workloads

During its GTC 2021 keynote today, NVIDIA unveiled a new product for high performance computing (HPC) clients, its first-ever data center CPU called Grace. Based on Arm's architecture, NVIDIA claims Grace serves up 10x better performance than the fastest servers on the market currently, for complex artificial intelligence and HPC workloads. To be clear, though this is NVIDIA's first data center CPU, it is not intended to compete head-to-head against Intel's Xeon lineup and AMD's EPYC processors. NVIDIA made a point to say this, noting it continues to provide full support for all big iron server...

AMD EPYC 7003 Series Unveiled: Big Iron Zen 3 Takes Flight

AMD just launched its next-generation EPYC server processors, codenamed Milan, based on the company’s leading Zen 3 microarchitecture. The new EPYC 7003 series is an important milestone for AMD. The company has made significant in-roads in servers and data centers in recent years, and the arrival of the EPYC 7003 series brings with it significantly improved IPC and per-core performance, better multi-core scaling, and more flexible memory configuration options (among other new features), in a package that’s socket compatible with previous-gen offerings – existing EPYC platforms...

Zoom Like A Pro With This Video Conference Home Studio Optimization Guide

Whether you're streaming, video podcasting, or working from home to join meetings on Zoom or Microsoft Teams, visual fidelity is important. Video calls are hard to handle when we can't understand each other and body language is important. Streams on Twitch or  YouTube video with poor quality are an easy pass, as well. We've previously talked about improving audio quality with some simple-to-use USB microphones, so now it's time to improve your video production value as well. Be Sure To Check Our Best USB Microphones For Audio Fidelity As Well Camera Setups That Look Great We've been setting...

Microsoft Warns Web Shell Attacks That Maliciously Harness Servers Increased Dramatically In 2020

As long as computers have been around, there have been hackers who have progressively improved and become sneakier at exploiting them. Last year, Microsoft used Microsoft 365 Defender data to find that web shell attacks, which are simple yet effective pieces of malicious code embedded into a web server, are rising. This year, they found that trend “not only continued, it accelerated: every month from August 2020 to January 2021.” Web shells, as Microsoft describes, are just “a small piece of malicious code,” that “allows attackers to run commands on servers to steal...

NVIDIA Pursues Arm For A Disruptive Acquisition That Could Send Shockwaves

If rumors are accurate, or if where there is smoke there is usually fire, we could be soon witnessing a major shakeup in the chip industry. Multiple mainstream business press outlets are reporting this evening that NVIDIA is making a serious run at Arm, which is owned by Japanese mega-corporate holding company, SoftBank. As you might recall from earlier this month, rumors were swirling that SoftBank was looking to offload Arm, which it purchased back in 2016 for $31.4 billion in cash. Arm chip architecture designs and IP are employed across multiple industries, including numerous gadgets and hardware...

Kingston DC1000M SSD Review: Big, Fast NVMe Storage

Kingston recently released its DC1000M series of solid-state drives for data center applications, capped off by a massive 7.68TB model. The DC1000M series leverages a hot-pluggable U.2 (2.5”, 15mm) form factor, that’s compatible with U.2 backplanes and the drives target mixed-use, data-intensive workloads, including Cloud computing, web hosting, high-performance computing (HPC), virtual infrastructures, and AI and deep learning applications. There are four drives in the initial Kingston DC1000M family, bookended by a 960GB model and the aforementioned 7.68TB behemoth. We’ve got...

Intel Unleashes New 3rd Gen Xeons, Optane Memory, And FPGAs To Accelerate AI And Analytics

The Intel Data Center Group (DCG) unveiled a plethora of new products today targeting AI and big data analytics workloads, including 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable Processors, 200 Series Optane Persistent Memory, AI-optimized Stratix 10 NX FPGAs, and faster 3D NAND-based solid state drives. Over the last few years, Intel has taken a multi-pronged approach to its data center products portfolio. In addition to advancing its processor platforms to improve compute performance and better accelerate new, emerging workloads, Intel has also focused on bringing data closer to the processor, and granting the...

Working From Home Guide: Top Tips For Maximum Productivity

Managing Editor Marco Chiappetta's home office is pretty sweet You don't need us to tell you that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is dominating the news and sits at the forefront of just about everybody's mind. Across the nation, state governments are closing schools, local governments are banning folks from gathering, and leagues are canceling sporting events. In fact, if you've been hanging around with Jared Leto, and haven't heard of what the World Health Organization is calling a global pandemic, it's time to get out from under that rock where you've been living. Because of the health crisis, many...

Cloudflare Dumps Intel For AMD EPYC To Power Gen X Servers With Fat Caches And Better Security

Losing a bit of market share to Ryzen should have been a wake up call for Intel, and to some extent, it was—Intel said last September it was vowing to "aggressively compete in all segments." The troubled path to 10-nanometer production while rival AMD racks up wins with its 7nm tech should have been a wake up call as well. And lest another wake up call is still needed, Cloudflare is breaking up with Intel after a long relationship and courting AMD exclusively for its Gen X servers. Cloudflare is yet another feather in AMD's cap, and it speaks to the stiff competition Intel is facing against...

Intel Cascade Lake Refresh Xeon Processors Boost Performance Per Dollar To Thwart AMD EPYC

When it comes to its highly profitable Xeon Scalable server processors, Intel has been on the defensive as of late versus its chief rival AMD. While INTC has an overwhelmingly large lead in server processor market share, it also is looking to protect that lead with the release of its Cascade Lake Refresh processors. This is not a complete retooling of Intel's second-generation server processors, but rather some skillful optimization of features, speeds, feeds and pricing to make them more compelling for data center and enterprise customers. While Intel makes no comparisons to AMD’s EPYC 7002...

AMD 2nd Gen EPYC Scores Design Wins In Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers, Faster 64-Core Beast CPU Unveiled

AMD continues to add more server feathers to its cap courtesy of its Zen 2 CPU architecture, which is the driving force behind its 2nd generation EPYC "Rome" processors. One of those feathers is Dell—it announced five new PowerEdge platforms powered by EPYC, each one designed from the group-up and optimized to support features like PCI Express 4.0. Among the new offerings are two 1S racks (PowerEdge R6515 and R7515) and three 2S racks (R6525, R7525, and C6525). According to Dell, the EPYC-equipped PowerEdge C6525 delivers weather modeling results in half the time as previous generation EPYC...

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Router Review: A WiFi 6 Monster

We are no longer on the cusp of Wi-Fi 6 (otherwise known as 802.11ax) connectivity -- it has arrived -- just not in earnest yet. It will take some time before the Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) standard is truly shoved aside in favor of the new kid on the block, the one that is faster and more adept at juggling multiple wireless devices simultaneously. Nevertheless, early adopters who want to live on the bleeding edge have options. One of them is the beastly ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 we will be showing you here. As you might have surmised from the ROG branding, the GT-AX11000 is geared towards power...

AMD EPYC 7002 Series Zen 2 Architecture Doubles Data Center Performance And Density

AMD has officially taken the wraps off its second generation EPYC 7002 series processors. The EPYC 7002 series builds upon the success of the original EPYC processors by leveraging the Zen 2 microarchitecture, which is also at the heart of the recently released Ryzen 3000 series desktop parts. EPYC 7002 series processors maintain platform compatibility with existing first-gen EPYC parts, but significantly increase the platform’s capabilities in aggregate and per socket, and introduce a number of new features as well. In terms of the microarchitecture, all of the benefits Zen 2 afforded the...

Kingston DC500 SSD Review: High Capacity Enterprise Storage

Kingston has been a dedicated stalwart of the memory, storage, and peripheral markets for many years. The company’s products target virtually every type of user, from entry-level first-time PC builders to seasoned sysadmins. The products we’ll be showing you here today, the Kingston DC500R and DC500M solid state drives, target the latter type of user, in need of reliable, high-capacity SSD storage for enterprise and data center applications. At first glance – of both their physical design and specifications -- the Kingston DC500R and DC500M drives appear to be similar. The ‘R’...

Intel Internal Memo Details Fiercest Challenges Versus AMD In Over A Decade

When AMD announced its 7nm Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 processors at Computex, the enthusiast community stood up and took notice. Later, when AMD capped off the new processor family with the bodacious and powerful 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X, it absolutely rocked the desktop PC community. However, it appears computing enthusiasts weren’t the only ones that were impressed with AMD’s third-generation Ryzen and EPYC Zen 2-based products. Wall Street also took notice, and AMD's progress definitely got the attention of its primary rival competitor, Intel. Nowhere is Intel's...

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