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The many floods that occurred during 2011 monsoon season in Thailand have greatly devastated a large part of the country. Reports say that over 12.8 million people have been affected by this disaster. But what does this mean for the once bustling electronics production in these areas? Seagate’s CEO Stephen Luczo paints a dreary picture:
[it will be] a difficult road ahead for the industry given that many of Seagate’s own 130 or so suppliers are still under three feet of water.
This disaster is expected to leave the industry 50 million short of their 180 million HDD production target this quarter alone. By the time they regain capacity demand will have risen immensely. Prices have already shot up 20%, next year they will surely be higher.
Adobe announced this morning that they will be halting the development of Adobe Flash for mobile devices. After the release of Flash Player 11.1 Adobe will rededicate their mobile development resources towards HTML5. Adobe realized that HTML5 is “the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms”.
This move will allow Adobe to better focus their resources on the development of HTML5. Flash has been a leader for web development but it was never successfully transitioned for mobile use. It was commonly critiqued as being sluggish. It will be interesting to see what innovative features Adobe will add to HTML5.
You can read Adobe’s announcement here.
In a previous post I outlined the incredible speeds that were capable by Fujitsu’s newest creation, the K Computer. This computer’s performance peaks out at 10.51 Petaflop, their new system will more than double this. This new system’s theoretical computational performance tops out at 23.2 petaflops. Called the FX-10 this computer will be capable of running 6,291TB of memory.
image via Fujitsu
I asked “what is next?”. Fujitsu answered: The FX-10. And this time they aren’t messing around. They expect to deploy 50 of these in the next 3 years. Look for them as soon as January of next year, just be ready to write an enormous check.
Fujitsu, sweaty palmed from the construction of the K supercomputer, swore the colossal machine would manage a speed of ten petaflops by the year 2012. The effort has paid off handsomely: the hangar-sized machine has a top speed of 10.51. If you wanted to duplicate that setup at home, you’d only need 864 racks, 88,128 processors and enough cash in your back pocket to front an annual electricity bill of $10 million a year. The company will be spilling all at November’s SC11 conference in Seattle, where the K will cement its position as the fastest computer in the world. One last thing — we have a hunch that this machine can just about play Crysis.
Wow. I wasn’t even aware of the FLOPS measurement of a computers performance. But this essentially translates to 10.15×1015 instructions per second. This is a huge accomplishment, I wonder what is next?