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NVIDIA SLI: An Introduction @ Hexus
Help Wanted!
Hitachi Ultrastar 10K300 @ Tech Report
HP/Dell Discount Card.
DC Updates!
Linux 2.4.28 released!
HPC Systems Announces A5220HS Server
Intel's "Nocona" Xeon Reviewed @ 2CPU.com!

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Help Wanted!
By Hooz on Friday, November 19, 2004 at 2:36 PM EST [ 133 Comments ] #3398

Driven by a recent call for a 2CPU.com facelift, Jim and I have kicked off quite a few new projects behind the scenes here at 2CPU.com. Most of the stuff that’s going on won’t be evident to you guys until the day that we throw the switch, but we do still have a few other things we could use some help with.

First: We need a new logo. The only real requirement is that it not be more than ~80 pixels high. I’d like to stick with the familiar green background, but maybe something else will catch my fancy. Other than that, as long as it is clean, professional and a small file size, anything goes.

Second: We’re thinking that with a site makeover and a new logo we should probably come up with a new slogan. “Because two is better than one!” has treated us pretty well over the years, but considering how the scope of our coverage (news and product reviews) has changed, I think our slogan should change too. Something official, something cool, something different.

Third: Jim and I are evaluating options for web-based graphing. We’d like all of our graphs to be uniform in size and appearance, and there are some pretty cool options out there for generating graphs on the server side. One in particular that we’ve been tinkering with is PHP/SWF Charts. The cool thing about this app is that we could generate fully customized SWF graphs using relatively simple PHP arrays. The uncool thing is that there are a TON of design and layout options in the app and no easy front-end tool. Ideally what I would like would be to input numbers into a web form and have that form output the PHP code snippet based on a set style and size graph. Probably a lot easier said than done, but I thought I’d ask.

Unfortunately the downside to all of this is that Jim and I can’t afford to pay much for your help. We have decided that a few goodies from the 2CPU.com store wouldn’t be out of the question, but that’s about all we can offer other than our undying appreciation and a bunch of front page props when we get the new site launched.

NVIDIA SLI: An Introduction @ Hexus
By duke on Monday, November 22, 2004 at 9:00 AM EST [ Post A Comment ] #3399

Rys over at Hexus has thrown together an introductory article in NVIDIA SLI.

This first article is an introduction into the basics, the operating modes, the physical setup of an nForce4 SLI system and performance of 6800 Ultra in SLI and single GPU modes. Hopefully that'll ease you in to things and let me setup the series of articles over the coming days. So if you've been waiting for SLI, grab a drink and put your thinking cap on as I hopefully explain it all as well as possible.
I have my Iced Tea and I'm about ready to read through their article.

Hitachi Ultrastar 10K300 @ Tech Report
By duke on Friday, November 19, 2004 at 9:04 AM EST [ 1 Comment ] #3397

Tech-Report has thrown together a review of Hitachi's Ultrastar 10K300 SCSI drive!

Interestingly, the Ultrastar 10K300 and Atlas 10K V share the same maximum sustained transfer rate. The Ultrastar has slightly quicker seek times and lower rotational latency than the Atlas 10K V, but it's pretty close. I don't imagine the 10K300's 25-RPM spindle speed advantage will translate into significantly better performance in the real world, either.
You can read the rest of their review over here.

HP/Dell Discount Card.
By duke on Friday, November 19, 2004 at 9:00 AM EST [ Post A Comment ] #3396

The Inquirer has put together what essentially amounts to a How-To on getting the ultimate discount from HP and Dell on server systems. Apparently if you tell HP you're a Dell customer, they'll throw Opteron deals at you and if you then tell your Dell rep that you're considering an Opteron system from HP, the discounts will begin to roll.

You get a quote from Dell for whatever you need. Then go to HP and say you are a happy Dell customer, but just because you are feeling feisty, and heard about those AMD thingies, you thought you might see what all the fuss is about.

Then, armed with an HP quote with the magic word 'Opteron' on it, call your Dell rep. Tell them that HP sent you this really neat quote on AMD devices, and ask in your best 'moron' voice if it sells them too.
I don't think this is a new idea, but considering the Dell/AMD cloud of uncertainty you might be able to gain an even larger advantage in your negotiations. You can read their thoughts over here.

DC Updates!
By Hooz on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 8:05 PM EST [ 2 Comments ] #3395

Folding@Home

More awards for the Stanford Folding@Home project team. They won a Global Indus Technovator award and team member Guha Jayachandran won the top award at Stanford's Biomedical simulation symposium BCATS.

Check it out here: http://folding.stanford.edu/awards.html

The world's top folder, OC-Xeons, has returned his full folding production to 2cpu's folding team. Not uncoincidentally, Team 2cpu's number five spot is once again secure from the advances of the Ars Technica Team Egg Roll and The Tech Report Team. Welcome back, OC-Xeons!

The Francophones still outfold us by over 22,000 points per day. Membership has been up recently, we encourage those of you who are inclined to such things to join the team!

SETI@Home

DeLarge has suddenly found himself as the team's number one producer, following the semi-retirement of modboy. The 1000-a-day cruncher passed his 100,000 unit milestone, and promptly signed over his 110 desktop P4s to the group founder's username, allowing him to step back from active duty without affecting 2CPU's total productivity. What teamwork!

BOINC

The group reached the momentous milestone of one million 'cobblestones' in SETI this week, the 32nd such team to do so. However, we're lying only 35th in recent output, so we'll need new recruits and greater effort to maintain our position among the >10k teams participating.

Overall we stand 26th, combining the results of SETI, Predictor, LHC and CPDN. We're always recruiting, so have a look at these projects and see if you like what's out there.

OGR-24

The OGR-24 (Optimal Golomb Ruler) project ended on November 1, 2004. As stated on the distributed.net site, "on 13-Oct-2004 the final stub was returned for the OGR-24 Project, conclusively determining the optimal 24 mark Golomb Rule after four years of crunching by distributed.net participants." 2CPU's OGR-24 team finished with a rank of 194 out of almost 5000 registered teams. Other distributed.net projects are still in progress such as OGR-25 and RC5-72, and 2CPU's teams are still hard at work with those.

Linux 2.4.28 released!
By duke on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 10:12 AM EST [ Post A Comment ] #3394

For those of you still using the 2.4.x Linux Kernel, you'll be happy to know that 2.4.28 was recently released.

You can look at the Changelog or just get right to the download.

HPC Systems Announces A5220HS Server
By duke on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 10:05 AM EST [ 3 Comments ] #3393

HPC Systems has announced the availability of its A5220HS Server which is based on eight AMD Opterons!

The A5220HS leverages the AMD64 Direct Connect Architecture already
standard on all AMD OpteronT systems through Iwill's HTX-ProT
HyperTransport interconnect. HTX-Pro uses the same HyperTransport technology bus that connects memory, I/O and processors to also connect expansion I/O devices directly to the AMD OpteronT processor at 6.4GB/s (or higher if available) of total bandwidth per HyperTransport technology link. HTX-ProT allows for a modular system design, freeing the motherboard from handling expansion buses and devices such as PCI, PCI-X and InfiniBand by concentrating those functions into separate system boards connected by HTX-Pro, allowing the I/O portion of the system to be upgraded without replacing the entire platform.
You can find more information at their website.

Intel's "Nocona" Xeon Reviewed @ 2CPU.com!
By Jim_ on Sunday, November 14, 2004 at 11:46 PM EST [ 19 Comments ] #3383

A couple of months ago, Supermicro was kind enough to send me a complete Nocona-based server for testing, the SuperServer 7044A-82R. As a result, we have two reviews in one for you. Are you ready?

While reviewing Intel's last two Xeon processors, one thing I continually stressed was Intel's need to increase the speed of the front-side bus (FSB). With two physical and four logical processors sharing a 533MHz FSB, the bottleneck was quite evident. An 800MHz FSB did wonders for the Pentium 4 and it would surely do the same for the Xeon, right? Well, Intel answered the call with its long-anticipated Nocona Xeon processor. While the increased FSB was an important specification improvement, it wasn't the feature that really grabbed the headlines. Since AMD's Opteron hit the market in early 2003, everyone has been enamored with 64-bit processing. As a result, Intel decided to bring that capability to its lower-end server/workstation processor with the release of Nocona.
At the very least, you'll want to read our review for the sexy pictures of Supermicro's server.


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