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 Wednesday, 30-August-2017  12:30:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Recent typhoons have caused internet issues for Australia. Australian internet service providers are warning users to expect increased traffic latency for the next six weeks after twin typhoons broke a number of subsea links between Sydney and Hong Kong. Advisories by the TPG-owned iiNet and Internode report that the main issue for Australians is a cable break around 54 kilometres off the coast of Hong Kong.

Intel launched some new Xeon CPUs. The single-socket Intel Xeon W processor delivers mainstream performance optimized for the needs of traditional workstation professionals. The Intel Xeon W processor features up to 18 cores and up to 36 threads, with an Intel Turbo Boost Technology frequency up to 4.5 GHz. Mainstream workstations will experience up to a 1.87x boost in performance compared to a 4-year-old system and up to 1.38x higher performance compared to the previous generation.

Phoronix meanwhile have compared Linux distros on a dual Xeon server with 80 threads. While we routinely run various Linux distribution / operating system comparisons at Phoronix, they tend to be done on desktop class hardware and the occasional servers. This is our look at the most interesting enterprise-focused Linux distribution comparison to date as we see how Intel's Xeon Scalable platform compares on different GNU/Linux distributions when using the Tyan GT24E-B7106 paired with two Dual Xeon Gold 6138 processors. The tested configuration has 96GB of DDR4-2666 memory and 40 cores / 80 threads to see how different modern Linux distributions are affected with the latest-generation Xeon platform.

Backblaze posted their hard drive failure rates for Q2 2017. Since our last report for Q1 2017, we have added 635 additional hard drives to bring us to the 83,151 drives we’ll focus on. In Q1 we added over 10,000 new drives to the mix, so adding just 635 in Q2 seems “odd.” In fact, we added 4,921 new drives and retired 4,286 old drives as we migrated from lower density drives to higher density drives.

PCI-SIG have unveiled PCIe 4.0 and 5.0, report TomsHardware. The industry needs PCIe 4.0 to land soon, and PCI-SIG assures us it will ratify the new specification by the end of 2017. ... PCI-SIG indicates that PCIe 4.0 will be a short-lived specification because the organization has fast-tracked PCIe 5.0 for final release in 2019.

OCInside have a report from Gamescom in Germany. One of the most important European gaming fair took place in Cologne, Germany from 22nd to 26th August 2017. We have attended gamescom as well and published a gamescom report with approx. 400 gamescom pictures of latest gaming hardware, VR headsets, DCMM casemods, Cosplayer and current games on several pages at OCinside.de. It is available in German only, but it is worth watching the pictures with or without translation tool to discover the latest games and gaming hardware trends.

Some interns at NVIDIA have been learning to use AI, as Techgage report. Internships are about sorting files, serving drinks, and menial labor, right? Not at NVIDIA. When you take some high school students with an aptitude for robotics, and teach them the power of AI and deep learning, some interesting things can happen. Jetson-powered robots run rampant at NVIDIA’s head office, as the interns go wild with their new-found knowledge.

TechSpot looked into Android battery life. Battery life is one of the key features that most consumers want to see upgraded in their new phone. But what's great and what's not in today's market? We'll be looking at 500+ hours of battery life testing across 12 tests, to ensure we have the best possible picture of how current generation phones perform. Disappointed to not see my trusty uleFone Power or Power II represented.

There's a Defense Industry Cyber Challenge for all you 1337 hax0rs out there. Australia's first defence industry cyber challenge will kick off at the University of Adelaide today, in an effort to upskill and nurture home-grown infosec talent. The competition seeks to address fast-growing demand for cyber security workers, according to AustCyber (formerly known as the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network) chief Craig Davies.

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