Nvidia Intros Tesla K20X Graphics Accelerator

Nvidia introduces a new graphics accelerator Tesla K20X intended specifically for supercomputers. Tesla K20X, a flagship model of Tesla K20 series, is based on Nvidia Kepler architecture and is able to secure the highest performance supported by a single CPU. According to the preliminary testing, it ensures ten times faster operation of applications in combination with top-class processors. Moreover, this accelerator is currently supposed to be the most efficient one in the market, providing for utmost speeds and utmost performance ever seen.



Graphics accelerator Tesla K20X is notable by three times lower power consumption if compared with all previous generations of Nvidia products. Besides, it increases the performance discrepancy between GPU and CPU. A bunch of outstanding characteristics ensures 3.95 teraflops in calculations with a single precision and 1.31 teraflops in calculations with a dual precision.


In addition, a new series involves Tesla K20 accelerator that …

Asus to Start Shipping Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC Graphics Card

Next week Asus is going to start shipping its newest graphics card from Radeon R9 series. Codenamed Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC, it is based on an original PCB with black-and-red design and the incorporation of an exclusive DirectCU II cooling system. Plus, the availability of ‘OC’ in the codename implies the availability of factory overclocking.



Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC takes GCN Hawaii core with 2816 stream processors as the basis. It operates at an overclocked 1000 MHz frequency. The model is equipped with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (512-bit bus) that runs at an effective 5400 MHz frequency. Just for a comparison, etalon adapter from AMD runs at 947 MHz/ 5000 MHz for GPU/memory correspondingly.


DirectCU II cooler consists of a heatsink, four copper nickel-plated heatpipes (two of them feature 10 mm dimensions), and two high-performance fans: one ordinary and one CoolTech. The card receives power via 6+8-pin connectors and might require not less than 600 W PSU.

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Merger: Operational Joint Working Plan

Microsoft representatives have recently announced the intentions of the corporation to merge with Barnes & Noble company. Barnes & Noble has established reputation for being the global leader in the production and sale of electronic books, as well as other Internet services dedicated to the sale of various goods. The company is currently working at production of electronic book entitled Nook which operates on Android platform. Specialists and analysts declare unanimously that the main goal of Microsoft and Barnes & Noble merger is the creation of a new company; the company will be oriented on the production of electronic books which will operate on Windows 8 platform.


Both companies’ representatives keep from commenting on the detailed structure of the future company. The unveiled info shows that both companies will continue working at creation and production of Nook electronic books. The merger is called to bring benefits to all involved parties: Microsoft will enter into …
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