NVIDIA’s Playbook

Just a year ago, NVIDIA and ATI were in the midst of a war for graphics processing unit (GPU) supremacy in the $18 Billion a year video game industry. Then, ATI was bought out by AMD. At the time, there was talk that the combined technologies from ATI’s GPUs and AMD’s CPUs would deal a … Continue reading “NVIDIA’s Playbook”

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Just a year ago, NVIDIA and ATI were in the midst of a war for graphics processing unit (GPU) supremacy in the $18 Billion a year video game industry. Then, ATI was bought out by AMD. At the time, there was talk that the combined technologies from ATI’s GPUs and AMD’s CPUs would deal a crushing blow to NVIDIA. However, as history has shown, mergers are rarely a good idea. Continue reading “NVIDIA’s Playbook”

Virtualization

[Update 8/15/2007: Citrix is in the process of buying XenSource for $500m]. Virtualization is an amazing technology that has been with computing since its infancy. However, in recent years it has reached the mainstream on servers and desktops. Virtualization provides an abstraction of physical computing resources – such as cpu, network, and storage. Hence the … Continue reading “Virtualization”

[Update 8/15/2007: Citrix is in the process of buying XenSource for $500m].

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Virtualization is an amazing technology that has been with computing since its infancy. However, in recent years it has reached the mainstream on servers and desktops. Virtualization provides an abstraction of physical computing resources – such as cpu, network, and storage. Hence the term “virtual machine.” This allows for taking snapshots of running virtual machines as well as move these live systems from phsyical machine-to-machine!

Many data centers are only utilizing a fraction (10-20%) of their computing resources. To maximize workflow we virtualize the resources so they can be used more efficiently across more defined and scheduled processes. Excess resources can be shared with other applications, so they can be utilized. This can save companies millions of dollars in maintenance fees, administration, and computing costs. Continue reading “Virtualization”