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Emerging Technologies Library

DC (Direct Current) Power Technology (Rackable Systems 2006) - "By distributing redundant direct current (DC) power to each server - and replacing the standard AC power supply with a far more reliable and efficient DC power supply - approximately 20 to 40% of the thermal load is shifted outside the server to AC-to-DC rectifiers, which can easily be installed at the top of the cabinet or externally near an HVAC unit.  As a result, server reliability is increased by as much as 27%, and monthly power costs are reduced by up to 30%."  - [PDF: 991 KB].  Operational Expenses (OpEx) analysis and savings can be found here - [PDF: 119 KB].

SiCortex Technical Summary (SiCortex 2006) - "The SC5832, which is a 5.8 Teraflop system with up to 8 Terabytes of memory. The SC5832 fits into a single cabinet and draws 18 KW (of power)".  Extremely power-efficient, air-cooled cluster super-computer (5,832 processor cores).  And they have a medium and a small version too  - [PDF: 592 KB].  A very cool demo can be found here.

64 Core Processors (LinuxDevices.com and Henry Kingman 2007) - Dual Core or Quad Core Wars? 8 Core CPUs? Forget them all; how about 64 cores on a single die?  - [PDF: 294 KB].

ExaScale Computing Study: Technology Challenges in Achieving ExaScale Systems (DARPA 2008) - "This document reflects the thoughts of a group of highly talented individuals from universities, industry, and research labs on what might be the challenges in advancing computing by a thousand-fold by 2015." - [PDF: 2,183 KB]

Recent MM4M News

June 1, 2012

We have concluded the Monitoring Implementation Project for McKesson Corporation, which we begun in December of 2011.  We are very happy to complete another project on-time and within budget.

December 19, 2011

McKesson Corporation asked us to engage in the Monitoring Implementation Project, which we have proposed as a part of our last engagement with them.  We will begin working with McK right after the New Years.  We are looking forward to sharing our expertise in BMC Patrol.

December 2, 2011

We have finished our SaaS platform evaluation for McKesson Corporation.  During this project we have reviewed the server farm, multiple SAN and NAS storage clusters, monitoring and operational procedures, incident reports for the last two years and overall systems architecture.

September 27, 2011

McKesson Corporation, for whom we have done work in the past, reached out to us to aid them in the process of determining the causes of multiple defects on one of their SaaS platforms.

July 11, 2011

Time Warner has retained us in an advisory role for the duration of vendor selection.