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The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the formal launch of Linux.com. The Foundation took over stewardship of the site in March, at which time it began soliciting input from the community to help define the new Linux.com via its Ideaforge web tool. Today, it unveils the results of that input and a new online home for all things Linux. The new Linux.com will connect Linux users and developers, and by showcasing their skills through its guru listing, will connect individuals to jobs and collaboration opportunities. Instead of a static information site, the new Linux.com will empower the Linux community to share its knowledge, get questions answered, download the right software and find hardware to solve problems. Visitors can register today and immediately begin contributing to the commun... (more)

Intel to Put $12m into Visual Computing Center

Intel says it's going to put $12 million over five years into a new visual computing research center that just opened at Saarland University in Germany. The amount of the investment, just as Intel is working on Larrabee - its first graphics chip in years - will be its largest collaboration with a European university. It's expected to contribute to Intel's many-core tera-scale research intended to produce higher-performance computing and more life-like graphics. The center is to do both basic and applied research in software design and architecture, algorithms, and parallel computing, employing maybe a dozen researchers by the end of the year from places like Intel, the Max Plank Institute for Informatics, the Max Plank Institute for Software Systems, and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. It will be reaching out to other academic and industry pa... (more)

The Impact of Compression on Server Resources and Application Performance

While doing some research on a related topic, I ran across this question and thought “that deserves an answer” because it certainly seems like a no-brainer. If you want to decrease bandwidth – which subsequently decreases response time and improves application performance – turn on compression. After all, a large portion of web site traffic is text-based: CSS, JavaScript, HTML, RSS feeds, which means it will greatly benefit from compression. Typical GZIP compression affords at least a 3:1 reduction in size, with hardware-assisted compression yielding an average of 4:1 compression ratios. That can dramatically affect the response time of applications. As I said, seems like a no-brainer. Here’s the rub: turning on compression often has a negative impact on capacity because it is CPU-bound and under certain conditions can actually cause a degradation in performance du... (more)

Intel & Open Cloud Standards

In a recent post on the Intel community blogs, Intel has for the first time publicly shed light on its strategy around Cloud Computing and the so called "Open Cloud" and how open standards and open source solutions play in the cloud computing era. In the post Jackson He, a Senior Architect at Intel said "Intel has been a leader for HW standard building block for the last 30 years and has changed the industry. It is natural to assume that Intel should focus IaaS and PaaS building blocksas well as how these open standards could be applied at open datacenters (ODC) as“adjacent” growth opportunities to embrace the booming cloud computing. Some conventional wisdom says that Intel is not relevant to cloud, as cloud computing be definition abstracts HW. I would say just the opposite – Intel will continue to play a critical role to define and promote open standards and open... (more)

Xandros Creates Enhanced User Experience for Netbook Users with Moblin V2

Xandros has announced it is developing software products based on the recently released Moblin Version 2 project for Intel Atom processor-based platforms. The new version of Moblin will enable Xandros to provide customizations with advanced Internet, media, social networking and graphics capabilities for the ASUS Eee PC. The Eee PC defined the netbook revolution by combining fast boot, low-power technologies together with a next-generation user interface. Moblin v2 enables Xandros to further enhance the Eee PC user experience by delivering advanced graphics capabilities such as drop shadows, spin, bounce and 3D animation that are universally available to all applications. By combining core Moblin v2 technologies with Xandros' own proprietary technologies to provide social networking, multimedia content management, PIM, Web, and other services, Xandros will exceed t... (more)

JavaOne 2009 - Highlights Live from Day One

JavaOne 2009 officially started with the opening Keynote delivered by Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems. The keynote included several announcements and demos presented by partners and customers of Sun. Here are some highlights... Java Store to enable the java community to distribute their innovative Java solutions worldwide JavaFX 1.2 powered applications demonstrated on a consumer TV Intel and Sun collaboration to gain better performance of Java on Intel processors James Gosling - inventor of Java - giving a review of 14 years of Java Some words about Oracle and Sun by Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Stay tuned with more information about the conference as it goes on.   ... (more)

Intel Buys Wind River $884m

Intel is buying Wind River for roughly $884 million in cash, $11.50 a share, a 44% premium. The move into software will give Intel VxWorks, Wind River's proprietary and multi-core-ready RTOS, and its commercial-grade Linux operating system as well as its middleware and software design and device testing tools. Wind River claims to be the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO) and enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, more reliably and for less money from concept to deployed product. Intel, which created and released the Linux-based Moblin operating system for Atom-based netbooks to the Linux Foundation - reportedly with help from Wind River - says it wants the embedded operating systems house to back its play in embedded systems and mobile handheld devices so it can be more independent of the old traditional who-k... (more)

Intel Inside Nearly Eighty Percent of the World’s Fastest Supercomputers

More supercomputers than ever are using Intel Corporation processors, according to the latest TOP500 list. The high performance computing (HPC) community is especially enthusiastic about the Intel® Xeon® 5500 processor series. Launched only 3 months ago these chips are already driving the research and analytical capabilities of 33 systems on the list. The 33rd edition of the TOP500 list shows that 399 of the world’s top 500 systems, including two in the top 10, now have Intel inside. Systems using Intel® Xeon® quad-core processors feature prominently in the list, holding 340 spots. Using reinvented high-k metal gate transistors, Intel’s previous-generation quad-core 45nm Intel® Xeon® processor 5400 series is used in 263 systems. Intel-based super computing platforms are playing a pivotal role in a number of research areas, from improving the safety of space explorat... (more)

Covario Challenges Economics of SEO

Covario announced a new, economics-based solution for managing online presence that challenges the traditional agency model. With its launch of D3 -- Data Driven Decisions for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Covario has identified an automation-driven solution that dramatically reduces inefficiencies in large scale SEO management programs by automating processes that consume an estimated 30-40 percent of current investment. "Having worked with large advertisers over the past few years, it's become apparent that the current model for managing SEO is fundamentally flawed," said Craig Macdonald, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Covario. "We don't believe advertisers will move away from agencies in helping them manage SEO, but we do believe that they will move away from agencies that do not use technologies like D3. It is simply impossible to expl... (more)

More on Cisco UCS, HP Matrix and ITaaS

I just finished reading Project California: a Data Center Virtualization Server - UCS (Unified Computing System) from Cisco. It gave an excellent take on Cisco’s view of how UCS benefits a datacenter. It also explains how new technologies from Intel, QLogic and Emulex all complement the Cisco gear. As a matter of fact, the first [...] ... (more)

Why Storytelling is Vital to Effective Business Presentations

Whatever audience you must persuade, you need to engage them with compelling content in the form of stories. That’s easy to say, but hard to do. As Jerry Weissman, author of Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story, puts it, "The problem is that no one knows how to tell a story and no one knows that they don’t know how to tell a story."  Fortunately, you’ll come away from reading this book armed with the necessary tools to tell those all-important stories brilliantly. Presenting to Win, in its new expanded edition, teaches you to communicate with a purpose–whether you are convincing employees of the need to change, persuading prospects that you have the best solution to a problem or leading skeptical community groups to support your cause. Presenting to Win overflows with practical advice on how to engage an audience by telling your story with a focus on wha... (more)