Category Archives: Architecture/Engineering

Facebook Breaks the Network Switch Up Into Modules

After it customized servers and storage to optimize for its applications and to enable its developers to roll out new software features at lightning speeds, networking switches were the remaining component of Facebook’s infrastructure that was a “black box,” with tightly coupled vendor-designed proprietary software and hardware.

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HP’s Liquid Cooled Apollo Is Not Rocket Science by Peter Judge

HP has used warm-water cooling to make its new Apollo 8000 more efficient – and it’s taken a straightforward engineering path to get there.

The high-performance computing (HPC) system was created for the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which says it has achieved a PUE of 1.06, and is getting a steady supply of water at 40C for heating its buildings.

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The Future is Balanced (Maybe) by Doug Mohney

The world is going to build more data centers. Moore’s Law and other clichés imply we’re going to get faster, cheaper and better. And I’m haunted by the season ender of “Person of Interest” and all those fears about the singularity.

Rob High, IBM Fellow and the CTO of Watson Group, is pushing the powers of its Watson technology, a technology that requires plenty of servers. The key to Watson is natural language, with the technology created by linguists to understand how human beings communicate.

Read the source article at Green Data Center News