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KVM Smart Card Authentication Systems: Best Practices [ Source: Raritan ]

July 2012- Selecting a smart card-enabled KVM system? Choose one that supports PKI authentication to multiple servers from a single location and makes the necessary KVM feature adjustments to enable seamless use of the reader. This white paper examines best practices when evaluating a Smart Card solution.

Technology Brief: The Right Platform for Midsize Businesses to Provision IT Services [ Source: AMD ]

May 2012- IT administrators in midsize companies are being asked to do more with less. Users expect speedy access to applications and services. Virtualization needs to be applied to respond quickly to business changes and reduce server sprawl. The IT infrastructure must be optimized to support growth. Yet with today's limited budgets, too many IT organizations are struggling just to maintain the status quo.

To move beyond this impasse, IT departments need an affordable platform ...

Midsize businesses enhance performance and reduce costs [ Source: IBM ]

May 2011- Servers are the foundation of a dependable IT infrastructure. You need your IT to be reliable, flexible and ready to support your business through changing times. Read this white paper to see how IBM System x and IBM BladeCenter servers can offer an outstanding platform for virtualization and consolidation.

CIO: HP ProLiant G7 Servers: 4P Performance at 2P Economics [ Source: HP/AMD ]

February 2011- Over the years, the price performance of four-processor servers and server blades has been a sticking point for many enterprise IT executives looking to shift certain applications and workloads to higher-end systems.

The problem was this: While a 4P server would give them twice as much performance as a 2P server, they couldn’t justify its premium price tag. Proportionately, the 4P price went up faster than performance.

The issue stemmed ...

Secure Boot Requirements and Capabilities in Embedded Systems [ Source: CPU Technology ]

May 2010- The No. 1 vulnerability source in embedded processors is the initial boot phase of the device. Solutions to the problem of insecure boot processes vary enormously depending on the protection requirements of the system. Rather than relying on solutions based on product name, engineers will learn to make more informed decisions on how much end-system security they need, and match that to the various secure boot capabilities on the market, according to CPU Technology.

Enabling Foreign Military Sales With the Acalis Secure Processor [ Source: CPU Technology ]

May 2010- A toughening regulatory climate has made the process of exporting defense articles more challenging. Earlier this year, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced initiatives to overhaul export control laws to more effectively manage technology export, but the initiatives will take time to implement. The simplest approach to enabling your system for foreign military sales is a primary design with an Acalis Secure Processor, and a disciplined approach to isolating CPI algorithms and operations to the ...

Introductory Tutorial to OpenCL [ Source: AMD ]

August 2009- OpenCL is a young technology, and, while a specification has been published, there are currently few documents that provide a basic introduction with examples, according to AMD. This article helps make OpenCL easier to understand and implement.

Reducing Data Center Energy Consumption by Creating Savings that Cascade Across Systems [ Source: Emerson Network Power ]

August 2009- This paper introduces the concept of the “cascade effect” and describes how it can be used to cut data center energy costs by 50% or more. Emerson Network Power came up with this vendor-neutral roadmap for optimizing data center efficiency, called Energy Logic, by applying the top ten energy-saving opportunities to a 5,000-square-foot data center model based on real-world technologies and operating parameters.

Outlining this sequential approach to reducing energy costs, this paper includes ...

Secure Hardware For Cyber Security [ Source: CPU Technology ]

December 2009- One of the primary objectives of a recent White House review of Internet security is to promote the user awareness of the information threats to the United States and to individual citizens. This awareness thrust is also important in demonstrating that information security is a top national priority. This, in turn, is intended to influence information systems providers to focus more on security as they develop systems. This white paper responds to that call with ...

Secure Anchor Point [ Source: CPU Technology ]

December 2009- As the world computing infrastructure becomes likewise complicated, network and system communications have significant problems in identifying who to trust. Corporate and government personnel enter systems through a variety of methods: remote access, wireless PDAs, laptops via VPN from public access points. Establishing trust includes the identity of hardware and processor nodes, the identity and authenticity of software instructions, and the identity and authenticity of system users. Describing and categorizing all of the different types ...

Private Cloud ROI Case Study with Intel and Univa [ Source: Univa UD ]

September 2009- How can Private Cloud technology benefit you? Find out in this new case study and ROI analysis which describes the benefits Corus Automotive, a major European steelmaker, has received due to an Intel and Univa infrastructure transformation.

Corus is using Intel Nehalem processors and Univa UD software used to create a private cloud to run its technical computing applications and streamline its data management and storage processes. These applications allow an elite team ...

Calculating and Prioritizing Your Data Center IT Efficiency Actions [ Source: Emerson Network Power ]

July 2009- The lack of a true data center efficiency metric is challenging to IT and data center managers as they try to justify much needed IT investments to management. To help quantify data center efficiency, Emerson Network Power introduces in this paper CUPS, or Compute Units per Second. Similar to miles-per-gallon metric in the automobile industry, CUPS is meant to represent the “performance” of the data center.

Using the Energy Logic analysis and the ...

Growing Data Sets Slowing Down Your Apps? Experience 100x Faster Application Performance [ Source: RNA networks ]

July 2009- Enterprise data centers are struggling with large data sets with real implications for application performance, cost and competitiveness. While memory capacity has grown, distributed data center architectures require that many servers have access to the same data sets, often TBs in size and too large to fit in memory of any one server.

RNAcache provides a solution directly targeted at the root cause of this bottleneck; memory limitations. Because RNAcache dynamically scales to ...

Green Data Center: The IT Industry's Energy Efficiency Initiative [ Source: AMD ]

April 2008- Faced with surging demand for data processing and storage, the IT industry is focusing on making data centers more energy-efficient.

A Roadmap For Reducing Energy Consumption In The Data Center [ Source: Green Grid/Emerson Network Power ]

April 2008- Top concern of data center managers include energy efficiency, as well as power, cooling, and space constraints and availability. Emerson Network Power features a presentation on energy concerns in the data center.

Technologies for HP ProLiant 300-Series Servers [ Source: Hewlett-Packard ]

January 2008- This paper published by HP describes the major technologies implemented in the latest generation of HP ProLiant 300- series servers. These technologies include dual-core and quad-core processors, Double Data Rate-2 (DDR2) and fully-buffered memory modules, the latest serial Input/Output (I/O) technologies, power management technologies, multifunction network interface cards, mechanical design innovation, and Integrated Lights Out 2 management.

Performance Characterization of HP ProLiant BL480c With Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors (3.16 Ghz/2x6 MB) in a 64-Bit HP Server Based Computing Environment [ Source: Hewlett-Packard ]

January 2008- Power to handle the most challenging applications is delivered by Quad or Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors, up to 48 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 memory, four Gigabit Ethernet server adapters and a choice of four hot plug Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives. The new Quad-Core Xeon 5400 series processors with 12MB Level 2 (L2) cache and 1333 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB) are designed for maximum performance. This paper from Hewlett-Packard describes a performance characterization ...

Performance Characterization of HP ProLiant BL680c G5 With Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors (2.40 Ghz/2x4 MB) in a 64-Bit HP Server Based Computing Environment [ Source: Hewlett-Packard ]

January 2008- Designed to keep pace with strenuous computing demands, the high performance HP ProLiant BL680c G5, features impressive expansion capabilities and enterprise class availability, along with industry leading management tool that makes this blade easy to deploy and maintain. This paper published by HP describes a performance characterization performed utilizing the HP 64-bit test harness that incorporates a Microsoft Office 2003 workload. Test results cannot be compared directly with the results of tests performed using the 32...

Evaluating the Potential of Future On-Chip Clock Distribution Using Optical Interconnects [ Source: Hewlett-Packard ]

January 2008- Designing clock distribution networks is a big challenge for future microprocessors due to increasing frequency, power, transistor counts and process variations. As technology scales, implementing conventional clock distribution networks that meet low power and skew requirements is becoming more difficult. On the other hand, optical interconnects are being proposed as an alternative to electrical interconnects due to their speed-of-light transmission, high bandwidth and low power dissipation. The white paper looks at the clock distribution trends ...

Operating System Scheduling on Heterogeneous Core Systems [ Source: Sun Microsystems ]

January 2008- This paper published by Sun Microsystems demonstrates the need for balanced core assignment. It shows that unbalanced core assignment results in completion time jitter and inconsistent priority enforcement. Then a simple fix to the Linux scheduler that eliminates these problems is presented. The second part of the paper addresses the problem of building the HMC scheduler that balances all three objectives.

Workloads for Niagara: Customer Deployments of Sun Niagara CMT Systems One Year On [ Source: Sun Microsystems ]

January 2008- This paper from IDC explores customer adoption of the Niagara processor. Niagara processor can support up to 32 independent threads of processing, making it an efficient engine to host parallelized, multithreaded workloads. Sun took the unprecedented step of releasing the Niagara 1 processor design to the open source community via the GPL and OpenSPARC projects, allowing a new range of hardware and software developers to innovate around Sun’s multithreading technology while encouraging the growth of CMT (...

Motivating Commodity Multi-Core Processor Design for System-Level Error Protection [ Source: Hewlett-Packard ]

January 2008- This HP white paper analyzes the reliability and availability features in several commodity Chip MultiProcessors (CMPs) and finds that they have numerous single points of failure. Failures in some system components, e.g., interconnect cache controller and memory controller logic; leave CMPs susceptible to error even if the computation is Dual Modular Redundant (DMR) or Triple Modular Redundant (TMR). Furthermore, even though some replicated resources are present in CMPs, they can not be used effectively ...

Can a File System Virtualize Processors? [ Source: Association for Computing Machinery ]

January 2008- Supercomputers are comprising more and more processors and these processors are increasingly heterogeneous, with differing performance. The conventional programming models assume that all nodes run in lockstep. Thus, applications run at the speed of the least powerful processor. It virtualizes the performance characteristics of processors; this allows their heterogeneity to be hidden. This research paper has introduced desynchronizing file systems, a new abstraction to virtualize processors for high-performance computation on heterogeneous machines. Virtualized processors protect ...

Multi-Core Processors: The Next Evolution in Computing [ Source: Advanced Micro Devices ]

January 2008- Multi-core processors plays a central role in driving important advancements in PC security and virtualization technologies that are being developed to provide greater protection, resource utilization, and value for the commercial computing market. General consumers, too, will have access to greater performance than ever before, which will significantly expand the utility of their home PCs and digital media computing systems. Multi-core processors exemplify AMD’s vision to understand customers and deliver products that best meet ...

HP White Paper: Dual-Processor Workstation Productivity in MCAD/AEC Environments [ Source: Hewlett-Packard ]

January 2008- Today’s compute-intensive environments demand more performance. While many factors influence system performance, the heart of a workstation is its Central Processing Unit (CPU) or processor. Due to size, complexity, and heat limitations in processor design, it has become increasingly difficult to make processors faster. The latest advances in processor development have come from multiplying the number of processors. This white paper describes multi-core, multi-processor computing and the performance advantages of dual-processor, Xeon-based workstations. Dual-processor ...

Dell H2C Technology: Hybrid Cooling for Overclocked CPUs [ Source: Dell - Migration Expert Zone ]

January 2008- Dell introduced a hybrid cooling system in new high-end Dell XPS 710 gaming systems. H2Ceramic (H2C) cooling is a patent-pending technology that supports CPU overclocking. In addition to the advanced cooling offered in the H2C Edition of the XPS 710 systems, all Dell Dimension and XPS systems feature the QuietCase design and Balanced Technology eXtended (BTX) form factor that have been recognized for cool and quiet operation.

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