“The GSA software is now Version 6.0 and has the capacity to index potentially billions of documents. The new appliance, the GB-9009, can index up to 30 million documents. The appliance is built on Dell’s PowerEdge R710 platform, running Intel’s Xeon 5500 Series processors. It is unlike the other models, which are single-box appliances. This one has two units: one for processing and one for storage.”
Intel spends $884m to straddle Wind River
John Oates writes that Intel is shelling out $884 million for Wind River, an embedded software company, in an effort to expand beyond its core PC markets.
“The chip giant is offering $11.50 a share for the firm – its shares were changing hands yesterday for $8. Wind River will become a subsidiary of Intel and continue selling embedded software. The idea is that it will expand Intel’s market from its PC and server routes to embedded devices, car and infotainment systems, mobile internet devices and other gadgets. The bid has been approved by Wind River’s board but needs shareholder and regulator approval. It should close in the summer.”
“DirectX 11 brings with it three major improvements to the DirectX API: tessellation – Allows higher definition 3D models to be created; compute shader – Parallel processing capability; improved multithreading – Better support for multi-core CPUs. The new GPUs will be based on 40nm fabrication technology and produced by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).”