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Thursday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-April-2011  02:05:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Eva2000 has been playing with a 64-CPU server (well, 32 cores with HT) and has some database benchmark results. At work managed to get remote access to this beast of a server for a few days of benchmarking and testing Linux applications - particularly MySQL related.

Apparently a security breach at a marketing services provider has exposed personal info including the email addresses and real names of customers of many large companies. Epsilon sends over 40 billion emails annually and counts over 2,500 clients, including 7 of the Fortune 10 to build and host their customer databases. Discussion here.

This article is a year or so old but still interesting, with a look inside 10 large datacentres, thanks Embercide. As demand for cloud services increase these centers comprise tens or sometimes hundreds of thousands of servers, multi-petabyte storage systems and increasingly are situated in locations where cheap energy is plentiful.

eyeLikeCarrots sent word that there are new Commodore computers yet again. Commodore USA has opened a new Web store and is now taking pre-orders for its new Commodore 64, VIC-Pro, and VIC-Slim models that are based on the originals. The new Commodore 64 is the home of a mini-ITX PC motherboard featuring a Dual Core 525 1.8GB Atom processor and a Nvidia Ion2 graphics card with 512MB of DDR3 memory.

HotHardware have some info on Intel's new 10-core Xeons. It's been just over a year since Santa Clara released its Nehalem-based octal-core Beckton processors. Whereas Beckton was focused entirely on performance and architectural efficiency, these new Xeons are more balanced. The new chips boost the core count to ten (up to 20 threads with HT enabled) and will be offered at a wide range of TDPs.

GamePron have the scoop on why Mortal Kombat was banned in Australia. We all know that the game’s appeal was denied, meaning that the upcoming brawler from Warner Bros. remains effectively banned Down Under, but the Board’s decision shows that this wasn’t a simple decision – nor a unanimous one.

Sniper spotted this report on free antivirus performance. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of free antivirus solutions, West Coast Labs has been running ongoing performance capability tests against a large number of samples from their ‘Real Time Project’, which leverages a geographically dispersed honeypot network to capture and provide a set of streaming samples 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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