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Google Opens Up Spanner Database With PostgreSQL Interface

Search engine and cloud computing juggernaut Google is hosting its Google Cloud Next ’21 conference this week, and one of the more interesting things that the company unveiled is several layers of software that makes its Spanner globally distributed relational database look and feel like the popular open source PostgreSQL relational database.

Google Opens Up Spanner Database With PostgreSQL Interface was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

The Slow But Tectonic Shifts In Datacenter Infrastructure

One of the more interesting trends in infrastructure that we try to get a handle on every once in a while is how much of the server and storage capacity is being deployed in bare metal, standalone fashion and how much is being sold to run utility style, cloud environments.

The Slow But Tectonic Shifts In Datacenter Infrastructure was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

Globalfoundries IPO Shows Just How Tough The Chip Making Business Is

You would have to look far and wide to find a tougher business to be in than chip manufacturing, which is why the many dozens of server makers who used to make their own CPUs – often multiple types – no longer run their own foundries and, with the exception of IBM and now Amazon Web Services, no longer exist.

Globalfoundries IPO Shows Just How Tough The Chip Making Business Is was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

First Look At Oak Ridge’s “Frontier” Exascaler, Contrasted To Argonne’s “Aurora”

The fiscal year of the federal government in the United States ends on September 30, and whether we all knew it or not, the US Department of Energy had a revised goal of beginning the deployment of at least one exascale-class supercomputing system before fiscal 2021 ended and fiscal 2022 began on October 1.

First Look At Oak Ridge’s “Frontier” Exascaler, Contrasted To Argonne’s “Aurora” was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

JAMSTEC Goes Hybrid On Many Vectors With Earth Simulator 4 Supercomputer

Sponsored When it comes to compute engines and network interconnects for supercomputers, there are lots of different choices available, but ultimately the nature of the applications – and how they evolve over time – will drive the technology choices that organizations make.

JAMSTEC Goes Hybrid On Many Vectors With Earth Simulator 4 Supercomputer was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

NSF Puts $10 Million Into Composable Supercomputer

If they are doing their jobs right, the high performance computing centers around the world in academic and government institutions are supposed to be on the cutting edge of any new technology that boosts the performance of simulation, modeling, analytics, and artificial intelligence.

NSF Puts $10 Million Into Composable Supercomputer was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

Big Iron Will Always Drive Big Spending

Starting way back in the late 1980s, when Sun Microsystems was on the rise in the datacenter and Hewlett Packard was its main rival in Unix-based systems, market forces compelled IBM to finally and forcefully field its own open systems machines to combat Sun, HP, and others behind the Unix movement.

Big Iron Will Always Drive Big Spending was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

Where China’s Long Road To Datacenter Compute Independence Leads

While we are big fans of laissez faire capitalism like that of the United States and sometimes Europe — right up to the point where monopolies naturally form and therefore competition essentially stops, and thus monopolists need to be regulated in some fashion to promote the common good as well as their own profits — we also see the benefits that accrue from a command economy like that which China has built over the past four decades.

Where China’s Long Road To Datacenter Compute Independence Leads was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

Is The Shift To Single Socket Servers Starting?

One of the key strategic moves that AMD made when it architected its comeback in the datacenter was to beef up the compute, I/O, and memory on a single server socket while at the same time making that socket out of chiplets that were significantly cheaper to manufacture and integrate than a monolithic chip was to put into the same socket.

Is The Shift To Single Socket Servers Starting? was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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