Synclink Was Critical To SDRam Development


Posted on 15th October 2015 by admin in RAM |Tech

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With Synclink, packet-oriented transactions between the controller and the modules would take place over semi-synchronous, unidirectional buses. Commands would move on one bus and responses on a second, at speeds as high as 500 Mbytes/s.

The proposal contained ideas about bus structures and signaling techniques that have not yet been approved by the Synclink working group. But the group does appear in agreement that the new interface will be based on a Ramlink-like protocol. A command burst in the protocol would contain an address, a transaction code that specified the operation to be performed, and a time at which a response should be returned to the memory controller. Thus, a memory-read operation might consist of a read address, a transaction code specifying that 64 consecutive bytes should be read, and a time stamp …

Succeeding In Europe Difficult For US IT Vendors


Posted on 11th October 2015 by admin in Uncategorized

It’s Europe’s dirty little secret: A wicked financing shortage threatens to put dozens of computer distributors out of business. Nobody likes to talk about it. But everybody’s worried. Even vendors. If too many distributors are killed off, prices will go up, demand may slacken and second-tier vendors could lose access to European markets.

Scant profits are the main culprit. Many European distributors operate on razor-thin margins of 1 percent to 2 percent. That’s not enough cash to cover the gap between when they pay their suppliers and when they get paid by resellers. The result: These formerly credit-worthy outfits are being shunned by the banks. And it’s not just happening in Eastern Europe. Even distributors in stalwart markets such as Germany and France are suffering.

Their counterparts in the United States don’t have …

Lilly Stepped Up For Early DB Technology


Posted on 9th October 2015 by admin in Uncategorized

deiBehind every new-drug submission filed to the Food and Drug Administration lies a mountain of information. Each pharmaceutical submission is backed up by binder after binder of technical reports that detail untold volumes of lab experiments and other information required by federal regulations. Drug giant Eli Lilly and Co. was desperate for a way to combat the paper glut.

The first attempt was made in 1994, with Lilly implementing Documentum Inc.’s expensive and sophisticated Documentum Enterprise Document Management System. But with per-seat licenses for Documentum priced at about $1,000, only 500 of Lilly’s 26,000 worldwide employees had access to the system. Although Documentum solved heavy-duty problems for the product development staff, there had to be a better way to share its benefits with the wider staff, without the hefty price tag.

Relief came …

Torvalds’ 2.4 Kernel Was A Major Boon For Linux


Posted on 8th October 2015 by admin in Tech

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linuxfdFor almost a year now the Linux community has been abuzz with speculation about when Linus Torvalds will release the next version of the Linux core, the 2.4 kernel.

Analysts have said it would mark a significant advancement for Linux, taking it from PC environments to the enterprise OS with greater scalability.

The new kernel will be a major test of the credibility of Linux as an enterprise systems according to George Weiss, Gartner Group vice-president of research in the enterprise systems group in Stamford, Conn.

Expected improvements include symmetric multiprocessing and more speed and memory.

San Francisco-based services and support firm Linuxcare is already running a test version of the 2.4 kernel on Sun Microsystems’ high-end E10000 server, which runs 24 processors. But that doesn’t mean it is ready for prime …