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Well, There's No Radeon HD 6000 Open-Source Surprise

Earlier this week AMD launched the Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon HD 6870 graphics cards as their first next-generation offerings that belong to the "Northern Islands" family. A day later there was the Catalyst 10.10 Linux driver release from AMD that added support for these new "Barts" GPUs to their...

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Cray Beagle Super to Power Biomed Research at University of Chicago

Cray is starting to get traction with their “Project Baker” XE6 systems. This week, the University of Chicago Computation Institute and the National Institutes of Health announced the introduction of Beagle, a 150 teraflop Cray XE6 supercomputer that will support computation, simulation and data analysis for the biomedical research community. Housed at Argonne...

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Report: Increased HPC Investment Will Lead Europe to Industrial Leadership

IDC has published a new report for the European Commission that recommends an unprecidented supercomputing strategy for Europe. To help Europe advance to achieve worldwide scientific and industrial leadership, the report recommends that the EC step up investments in HPC resources between now and the year 2020. Looking ahead to what will be needed for success in 2020, Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president for HPC, noted that: “The cost and...

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How Linux Benchmarking Will Change

Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 (codenamed "Iveland") has been under heavy development for more than a month and there is still at least three more months left of work before this major release will be christened. Today though it is time to publicly share the first details (aside from those that...

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Pixman Has Improved Gradients, Is Much Faster

While Cairo is frequently mentioned on Phoronix, mentioned less but used by Cairo (as well as the X.Org Server) for pixel manipulation is the Pixman library. Soeren Sandmann announced a new release candidate of Pixman 0.19.6 this afternoon and it has a few interesting changes worth noting...

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A Peek Into the Future of Intel Processors

Brian Krzanich, a senior vice president at Intel in charge of manufacturing, talks about the future of Intel manufacturing and chips.

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