Archive for ‘July, 2008’

Argonne National Laboratory will soon have the data analytics and visualization capability to complement its distinction as the fastest computer in the world for open science. Argonne awarded GraphStream, Inc. a contract that will help to make data analytics and visualization at this scale possible through the world’s largest installation of NVIDIA Quadro® Plex S4 external graphics processing units (GPU). This new supercomputer installation, nicknamed Eureka, will allow researchers to explore and visualize the data they produce with Intrepid. The powerful installation will offer 104 dual quad core servers with 208 Quadro FX5600 GPUs in the S4s.

Using the NVIDIA Quadro Plex S4 visual computing system as the base graphics building block, Eureka will deliver a quantum leap in visual compute density, enabling breakthrough levels of productivity and capability in visualization and data analysis,

said Craig Dunwoody, CEO of GraphStream. The base server building block is the SuperMicro 6015-UR. The S4 attaches to a server on either side of it, forming a “sandwich.” To the servers, it appears as if they have two Quadro FX5600 graphics cards inside of them. While there are small system disks in the server, all of the data comes from the large storage system over the network.

Economical, low-latency modular switches represent the heart of the data-management system. The nine-switch complex supports up to 2,048 connections, each of which simultaneously exchanges data at roughly 1 billion bytes per second. The storage system offers a bank of more than 10,000 disk drives that will send and receive data from the Blue Gene/P’s more than 100,000 processors. Altogether, this system can deliver nearly 80 billion bytes per second to and from the disk—the equivalent of transferring the content of 100 full CDs every second.

Read full press release here.

8K VFX Shots, When 4K is just too small…..

datePosted on 21:24, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Great article by Barbara Robertson over at studiodaily.com, outlining the process of creating the VFX shots for the new Batman movie (The Dark Night). I have to admit I did not love the movie like many others, but the VFX were first rate and after reading this article I have a better appreciation of what went into it. WOWWEE 8-).

So you think you are getting an HD quality signal……

datePosted on 21:15, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Hehehe, yeah people used to make fun of me when I mentioned how much I hate Robbers (Rogers) and Compressview (Expressview) services in Canada and that I would refuse to pay for their so called HD premium service because I KNOW what kinda abuse the content goes through before it gets to my TV. I’ve since switched to OTA (Over The Air) HD and yes I don’t get all the Discovery/Food/Bravo channels in HD, but then again what is your definition of HD I ask?

Anyways, for those of you who’re still entrusting Robbers, Compressview and/or others, have a quick peak at this article on Popular Mechanics website.

16 GPU Monster…..

datePosted on 21:05, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

So how do you emulate the human vision system. Well if you ask either Nicolos Pinto, David Cox or James DiCarlo, they’ll probably point at the harmless looking machine sitting in the corner of their lab. The machine in question is “quietly” humming away as it tries to simulate a real-time human level artificial vision system using it’s 8 (YES EIGHT) 9800GX2 NVIDIA graphics cards. Have a quick look at this flickr album to get an idea of the size of this beast :-).

Google strikes again…..Introductory CalDAV support

datePosted on 20:55, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Yeeeeeaaaa, It’s X-mas all over again. Google takes another step to free you from your MS/Exchange/.me addiction. No more need to get a “Cloud” account to sync up your calendars, No more jumping through hoops with sync connector programs that don’t work. Google has added CalDAV support to Google Calendar…….Read all about it here.

Access your MAC formatted disks under Windows

datePosted on 20:38, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Okay so it’s read-only access, but it’s Free :-). Have a look at HFSExplorer the next time you need to grab a file from that mac formatted firewire drive. It’s a little Java program that allows you full read access to any HFS+/HFSX formatted disk. It works nicely under boot camp to give you access to your OSX partition or even a MAC formatted IPOD. As a bonus the app even allows you access to HFS+ formatted .dmg files without any conversion……what more do you need??? Oh and did I mention it’s FREE.

Mount ISO and ZIP Files as virtual folders under Windows….

datePosted on 20:30, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Yep, you can finally do it and it’s gonna cost you nothing. Thanks to the free Pismo File Mount utility windows users can now also enjoy the ease of mounting a ISO CD/DVD image and/or a ZIP file as a Virtual folder. Lots of cool possibilities and you can’t beat FREE.

Backup your present windows Device Drivers

datePosted on 20:21, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Yep, we’ve all been there. You buy a cheap PC/Notebook and there is no driver disk provided with the package. You of course curse the manufacturer and then get down trying to figure out what driver file does what. After about 5-6 hours you finally realize that your attempts at backing up the drivers that the machine came with is totally useless.

Then you either Cry, Reinstall and hope for the best or become extra nice to your family and “give” them a expensive looking laptop as a gift. But wait you could have used Double Driver to backup all the drivers that came pre-installed on your system…..ohh well too late, maybe next time you’ll read my blog before giving away that laptop/desktop machine :-).

Backup your present windows Device Drivers

datePosted on 20:21, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Yep, we’ve all been there. You buy a cheap PC/Notebook and there is no driver disk provided with the package. You of course curse the manufacturer and then get down trying to figure out what driver file does what. After about 5-6 hours you finally realize that your attempts at backing up the drivers that the machine came with is totally useless.

Then you either Cry, Reinstall and hope for the best or become extra nice to your family and “give” them a expensive looking laptop as a gift. But wait you could have used Double Driver to backup all the drivers that came pre-installed on your system…..ohh well too late, maybe next time you’ll read my blog before giving away that laptop/desktop machine :-).

Eject that USB key….by brute force.

datePosted on 20:15, July 29th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Yep, We’ve all been there. Some stupid program locks a file on your USB key and the eject process becomes useless. Next, you’re sitting there going, “Hmmmm, should I just bite the bullet and remove the key manually”. You could, but then you’ll be tempting fate and you know what they say about that Murphy guy :-).

Enter EjectUSB, THE FREE Util to let you find the culprit process (you know the one locking up your key) and kill it, hence freeing up your key to be properly ejected. Have Fun and be safe!!!

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