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Test your technical knowledge of implementing parallelism with this quick quiz, or the previous ones here and here.


There are several guidelines that can help developers or system tuners to predict the benefits of parallelism. Which of the ones below is a fake?


A. Gustafson’s Law
B. the Karp-Flatt metric
C. Stevensen’s Corollary
D. Amdahl’s Law


As you probably know, software parallelism is a great way to take advantage of the cores available on Intel’s latest processors.  But achieving parallelism requires writing software differently.  Intel has many resources out there to help developers make the transition, including the Intel® Software Network Parallel Programming Community and the suite of developer tools called Intel® Parallel Studio.  Parallel Studio includes three products: Intel® Parallel Inspector, Parallel Composer, and Parallel Amplifier.


Which brings us back to the quiz.  In studying the theory of parallelism you would undoubtedly come across rules A, B, and D (C is the imposter). Even without being well-grounded in theory though, a product like Intel® Parallel Amplifier can help you to understand and performance tune the parallelism in your applications. Want to learn more about Parallel Studio? Now through July 12, you can learn about all 3 of the products in Parallel Studio for a chance to win a $500 Gift Card and 1 license for Parallel Studio. Try the Intel® 20 Questions contest! Start today and it’s not too late to win!

Intel® Hybrid Cloud Pilot Program


Offer your small business customers cloud-like flexibility, with the peace of mind offered by on-premise hardware.

Intel® Hybrid Cloud is an innovative new subscription-based model for providing locally hosted server software on a pay-as-you-go basis. Small businesses get all of the benefits of services in the cloud, with the responsiveness and consistency of local applications, plus the peace of mind of having your data on site. Whether you are already selling managed services or are thinking about expanding into this rapidly growing market, Intel Hybrid Cloud can be a valuable addition to your portfolio.


If you are interested to hear more about this new Pilot Program and Platform register for the webinar.


Chris Graham and I will be providing a technology and business overview of the pilot.   Please join in and you can also follow me on twitter @JoshProstar to hear more about what we are planning.  


Date:  July 1st (Thursday)

Time: 10-11AM PDT

Quote from SMBNation -


"There is a tired old management saw that the letter “I” doesn’t exist in the word “team.” But it certainly does exist in the word Intel and as you shall read shortly, it stands for INNOVATION.  First, let me provide the proper context. Economists agree that chip makers and storage companies tend to enter recessions early and recover early. Call it an advance indicator of things to come. Fortunately, this is good news today as Intel is now exceeding investor expectations. But this blog is about a new Intel pilot program that will, trust me, exceed your expectations."


Here is what I have been working on since I left the vPro world.   Now that the word is out you can expect more blogs, video's and info about this new platform.

If your enterprise is like most today, you’re under pressure to find more powerful IT solutions and cut costs at the same time. It’s a tall order. But mighty performance and lower TCO aren’t mutually exclusive. That’s what Soleil Synchrotron and ITCCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation both found out by trying the new Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series, designed to support the most data-intensive and mission-critical applications.


Soleil Synchrotron is a high-profile French scientific organization conducting particle acceleration and synchrotron radiation research to advance understanding of medicine, chemistry, geophysics, biology, and, most recently, the study of fine art and heritage objects. It's developing a new 64-core supercomputer based on the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series. With the processor’s powerful and scalable performance, different groups can now run concurrent workloads with data processing speed at least three times higher than Soleil Synchrotron’s previous supercomputer delivered.


“Intel Xeon processor 7500 series has provided us with a powerful and scalable platform to accelerate our research into key areas of human understanding such as medicine and physics,” says Phillippe Martinez, head of scientific computing for Soleil Synchrotron.


ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) is a multi-vendor supplier that handles a broad and diverse range of hardware and software. Working to strengthen its cloud computing business, it needed to improve the efficiency and reduce the TCO of its increasingly diverse and complex virtualization infrastructure. With new four-way servers fitted with Intel Xeon processors 7500 series, CTC gained high performance and excellent scalability in both virtualization and non-virtualization configurations—all while lowering TCO.


"As virtualization technology progresses, the shift from two-way to four-way servers as the basis for in-house IT platforms provides advantages in both cost and scalability. Our expectation for the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series is that it will take us from the small-scale, siloed solutions used in the past to platforms that integrate our entire IT infrastructure," explains Tomoyuki Higashi, general manager of CTC's Infrastructure Solutions Marketing Department, IT Business Marketing Division.


For the whole story, read the new Soleil Synchrotron and CTC case studies. As always, you can find these, and many more, in the Reference Room and IT Center.

Intelligence comes in handy no matter what you’re trying to accomplish. For proof, consider the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series, which intelligently adjusts performance and energy consumption according to server application needs. Terremark and Thesys Technologies, two companies in diverse market segments, are both using this intelligent processor series to boost their speed and throughput and fuel business growth.


Terremark provides its customers with co-location, managed hosting, network security, and cloud computing services. For its recent enterprise cloud deployments, the company chose the Cisco Unified Computing System* with servers based on Intel Xeon processor 5500 and 5600 series to improve the price/performance of systems, increase the density of the infrastructure, and control expenses. The move is helping Terremark provide for continued growth while providing customers with up to 30 percent better application performance.


“By providing fast access to memory and greater support for memory capacity, the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series in the Cisco Unified Computing System helps us deliver outstanding price/performance for customer applications running in our virtualized environment,” says Joel Stidley, managed services architect for Terremark.


Meanwhile, in the financial services industry, the demands for speed and throughput are fierce—especially in high-frequency trading of U.S. equities. This is why many organizations looking to move into this dynamic market segment are turning to Thesys Technologies and its ultra-fast trading platform—which, like Terremark’s services, runs on the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series.


Thesys chose the Intel Xeon processor 5560 for its balanced combination of processor performance, I/O throughput, and memory bandwidth as well as a track record of outstanding reliability. With its new servers, Thesys has seen a 15 to 20 percent jump in application throughput, driving business growth by enabling customers to keep up with ever-rising volumes of market data.


“Speeding up application throughput by 15 to 20 percent was a big deal," says Michael Beller, managing partner. “We believe—and our largest institutional clients, who have carefully researched this space, tell us—that we have the fastest commercially available equities trading platform in the world.”


For the whole story on both companies, read our new Terremark and Thesys Technologies success stories. As always, you can find these, and many more, in the Reference Room and IT Center.

Can cloud computing really deliver? That was the question for KL, a Danish local government organization that represents the interests of 98 municipalities and their 800,000 employees. KL was working under strict government mandates that required it to improve data center energy efficiency by 15 percent a year and bring all public services online by 2015.


Looking to launch multiple clouds to host new online services, KL benchmarked the new Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series to evaluate its performance muscle and see how viable it was for supporting cloud services and meeting the stringent energy-efficiency targets.


The result? Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series provided a 65 percent performance increase over the previous generation of Intel® Xeon® processors and a virtualization ratio of 20:1 and reduced power consumption by about 15 percent—all of which helped make KL’s decision easy. It’s now rolled out servers powered by the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series to help it launch multiple clouds.


What's your cloud computing strategy? To learn more about KL's, read their new success story. As always, you can find this one and many others in the Reference Room and IT Center.

If you’re wondering how servers with Intel® Xeon® processors can help you meet your own IT challenges, take a look at Intel’s latest data center success stories. Are you looking to implement cloud computing? See how Alphawest did it. Is energy-efficiency at the top of your list? Read how University at Buffalo saved USD 80,000 on its annual energy costs. And the list goes on.


As always, you can find all of these success stories, and many others, in the Reference Room and IT Center.


So what’s your business challenge?



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ISC 2010 (International Super-Computing) just wrapped up with another update of the Top500 (, where the top 500 supercomputers in the world are ranked and listed twice a year.  In terms of the fabric used for these supercomputers, InfiniBand continues be the dominant choice for performance.   But there were two new 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) clusters added this time and both use iWARP.  #102 at Purdue University is showing 52.2TF with 993 nodes and #208 at HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) is delivering 35.8TF with 500 nodes.


The HHMI cluster uses Intel’s NetEffect 10GbE NICs that implement iWARP - learn more at and click on the iWARP link.   Also of note is the impressive Top-100 efficiency of the HHMI iWARP cluster - #84 @ 84.1% - exceeding the efficiencies of many InfiniBand 40Gb QDR clusters and other custom fabric solutions.  These are good examples of how Ethernet continues to evolve to be a strong performer in the HPC world.

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