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New Intel 3D XPoint Memory Chips

New Intel 3D XPoint Memory Chips

Intel and Micron Technology jointly developed a new non-volatile memory technology that uses 3D stacking to obtain 10X the density of conventional DRAM, with speed close to that of DRAM. They are expected to be available in 2016. This may offer an intermediate memory level in the hierarchy.

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Shaping the Future of Energy Efficient Supercomputing

Shaping the Future of Energy Efficient Supercomputing

The Hartree Centre is a UK Government-affiliated R&D Facility in High Performance Computing, located in Cheshire. A key focus is the enhancement of energy efficiency in terms of software, computer hardware, and data centers. Users must have tools to continuously monitor energy consumption at the program level, in order to properly assess tradeoffs.

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For further information on the Hartree Centre Energy Efficiency Project, see here.