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Submission + - NVIDIA Surprise Announces 11 TFLOP Second Generation TITAN X (techgage.com)

Deathspawner writes: At a special artificial intelligence gathering at Stanford University on Thursday, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the world's fastest graphics card: the second-generation GeForce TITAN X. Based on the company's latest Pascal architecture, the new top-end card features 3,584 CUDA cores clocked at 1.53GHz, 12GB of GDDR5X, and is spec'd at 11 TFLOPs, which is at least 2 TFLOPs higher than the company's recently released GTX 1080. Jen-Hsun also touted for the first time a metric called TOPS (INT8), a deep-learning inferencing instruction. The new GTX TITAN X officially hits 44 TOPS. NVIDIA has said that its second-gen TITAN X will retail for $1,200, and will become available on August 2.

Submission + - NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTX 1060 To Take On AMD's Radeon RX 480 (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: NVIDIA just launched their answer to AMD's Radeon RX 480 mainstream card today, dubbed the GeForce GTX 1060. The GP106 GPU at the heart of the GeForce GTX 1060 has roughly half of the resources of NVIDIA's current flagship GeForce GTX 1080. NVIDIA claims the GTX 1060 performs on par with a previous generation high-end GeForce GTX 980 and indeed this 120W mainstream offers an interesting mix of low-power and high-performance. The new GeForce GTX 1060 features a new Pascal derivative GPU that's somewhat smaller, called the GP106. The GP106 features 10 streaming multiprocessors (SM) with a total of 1280, single-precision CUDA cores and eight texture units. The GeForce GTX 1060 also features six 32-bit memory controllers, for 192-bits in total. GeForce GTX 1060 cards with either 6GB or 3GB of GDDR5 memory will be available and in benchmark testing offered performance that just misses the mark set by the pricier AMD Radeon R9 Nano but often outran the 8GB Radeon RX 480. The GeForce GTX 1060 held onto its largest leads over the Radeon RX 480 in the DirectX 11 tests, though the Radeon had a clear edge in OpenCL and managed to pull ahead in Thief and in some DirectX 12 tests (like Hitman). The GeForce GTX 1060, however, consumes significantly less power than the Radeon RX 480 and is quieter too.

Submission + - NVIDIA's Interactive Screenshot Tool 'Ansel' Released Today

Deathspawner writes: NVIDIA has today released a Game Ready GeForce driver that introduces its interactive screenshot tool 'Ansel'. Named after famed photographer Ansel Adams, this new tool requires a developer to integrate up to a couple of hundred lines of code to give players the ability to pause their game, move around the environment, and then capture a more "artistic" image. To further that artistic value, users will have the ability to apply filters as well as capture an image in high-res 360 mode so that they can be viewed properly with a VR headset. Currently, Ansel supports only a single game, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, but NVIDIA promises that many more supported titles are on the way.

Submission + - Consumer Reports calls for Tesla to Disable Autopilot (consumerreports.org)

parallel_prankster writes: Consumer Reports is calling on Tesla to disable its "Autopilot" feature that enables hands-free operation. Citing the recent fatal accident involving a car with Autopilot engaged, Consumer Reports labels the feature as "Too Much Autonomy Too Soon."
In an extensive article posted at the top of its website Thursday morning, Consumer Reports said Tesla should "disable hands-free operation until its system can be made safer." "By marketing their feature as ‘Autopilot,’ Tesla gives consumers a false sense of security," said Laura MacCleery, vice president of consumer policy and mobilization for Consumer Reports, in the article. "In the long run, advanced active safety technologies in vehicles could make our roads safer. But today, we're deeply concerned that consumers are being sold a pile of promises about unproven technology. 'Autopilot' can't actually drive the car, yet it allows consumers to have their hands off the steering wheel for minutes at a time. Tesla should disable automatic steering in its cars until it updates the program to verify that the driver's hands are on the wheel."

Tesla says it will continue development of Autopilot, insisting that drivers supported by Autopilot "remain safer than those operating without assistance."

Submission + - Micron Announces 9100 MAX NVMe PCIe Enterprise Solid State Drives (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Micron just launched its new 9100 Series NVMe solid state drives which come in a number of capacities, configurations and form factors. The Micron 9100 PRO series targets read-centric environments, while the 9100 MAX targets mixed workloads. Capacities for the drives range from 800GB on up to 3.2TB, though all of the drives are outfitted with a similar Microsemi 16-core / 16-channel controller and 16nm Micron MLC NAND flash memory. The fastest drives in the series are rated for peak sequential read and write throughput of 3GB/sec and 2GB/sec, respectively. In testing, the drives generally outpace Intel's DC 3700 series drive, but can't catch Intel's higher-end SSD DC P3608 in some read tests, though the Micron drives did outpace Intel's flagship in some write tests and can hit their peak 3GB/sec specified bandwidth number easily.

Submission + - Micron Launches 9100 MAX NVMe PCI Express SSD At 3GB / Sec (hothardware.com)

bigwophh writes: Micron just launched its new 9100 Series NVMe solid state drives today, which come in multiple flavors and form factors. The Micron 9100 PRO series targets read-centric environments, while the 9100 MAX targets mixed-use cases. Capacities for the drives range from 800GB on up to 3.2TB, though all of the drives are outfitted with a similar Microsemi 16-core / 16-channel controller and 16nm Micron MLC NAND flash memory. The fastest drives in the series are rated for peak sequential read / write throughput of 3GB/sec and 2GB/sec, respectively. In testing, the drives generally outpace Intel's DC 3700 series drive, but can't catch Intel's higher-end SSD DC P3608 in some read tests, though the Micron drives did outpace Intel's flagship in some write tests and can hit that peak 3GB/sec bandwidth number easily.

Submission + - Microsoft Loses Precedent-Setting Unauthorized Windows 10 Upgrade Court Case (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: If you're among the many Windows customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8 that are sick of the Windows 10 nag screens along with unprompted upgrades, you'll be happy to hear that at least one "little guy" has won a battle against Microsoft in court. Teri Goldstein claims that her computer was forced into upgrading to Windows 10 shortly after it became available during the summer of 2015 — all without her authorization. "I had never heard of Windows 10," Goldstein told The Seattle Times. "Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update." Windows 10 left her computer unstable and prone to frequent crashes. According to Goldstein, her computer became unusable, which is problematic considering that she uses the machine to run a travel agency. So Goldstein decided to do what the majority of other hapless Windows 10 victims were unwilling to do: sue Microsoft. She decided to battle MSFT in court, citing lost wages and the need to purchase a replacement computer. Much to the surprise of Microsoft, Goldstein actually won her case. Goldstein was awarded damages in the amount of $10,000.

Submission + - Windows 10 Anniversary Update To Take Hassle Out Of Reactivating After Upgrades (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Microsoft is cooking up some nifty feature enhancements to Windows 10 that will roll out with the much anticipated Anniversary Update later this summer. One of the newest tweaks will make it easier to perform hardware upgrades, such as a motherboard or hard drive, as you won't have to dial up a support representative and explain why your license should still be valid. The activation tweak is also being rolled out preview build 14371 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. It's part of what Microsoft is calling the "Activation Troubleshooter," which is intended to address user feedback from Windows Insiders who've run into activation issues on Genuine Windows devices after making certain hardware changes. You can launch the tool by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and select Troubleshoot.

Submission + - Self-Driving Cars To Someday Face Moral Dilemma Of Who Lives And Who Dies (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: While the AI present in today's experimental self-driving cars can navigate city streets, change lanes, avoid accidents and are for the most part fairly competent "drivers", what happens when it comes to an "us versus them" scenario? What if a self-driving car is presented with no-win situation — no matter what the outcome of a collision, someone will likely die? Does the self-driving car protect its passengers at all costs with no regard for the lives of others, or should the car instead put its passengers in harm's way to avoid a higher number of casualties? That's the subject of a new study published in Science, entitled, "The Social Dilemma of Autonomous Vehicles." 1,928 participants were surveyed on a number of scenarios in which a self-driving car is faced with a moral dilemma that would result in the death of one or more people. The survey results showed that people overwhelmingly decided that self-driving cars should take a "utilitarian approach" in which casualties are minimized, even it means that passengers within the car must have their lives sacrificed for the greater good. But on the flip side, these same participants said that if they were shopping for a car to purchase or were a passenger, they would prefer to be within a vehicle that would protect their lives by any means necessary. Participants also balked at the notion of the government stepping in to regulate the "morality brain" of self-driving cars.

Submission + - Student-Built Grimsel Electric Race Car Breaks 0 To 60 Acceleration World Record (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Students at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts took to the fast lane and developed an electric vehicle that's capable of going 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in just 1.513 seconds, or roughly equivalent to a 0 to 60 miles per hour measurement (62.1371 MPH to be exact). The student team set a new world record in acceleration for an electric car. Hitting 100 km/h in just 1.513 seconds took just 30 meters of track at the Dübendorf air base near Zurich. It took less than a year for a group of 30 students to build the car called Grimsel that weighs just 168 kilograms, or a little over 370 pounds. Grimsel is a four-wheel drive electric racing car with four specially developed wheel hub motors capable of generating 200 HP and 1,700 Nm (1,202 pounds per foot) of torque.

Submission + - More Details Surface On AMD 32-Core Server Chip Code Named Naples (hothardware.com)

An anonymous reader writes: AMD is hoping their next generation Zen processor architecture will be able to go toe-to-toe with the best that Intel has to offer and AMD is reportedly working on a high-end server variant of Zen as well, codenamed Naples. Naples would have a total of 32 cores, with a cluster of Zen cores sharing an 8MB pool of L3 cache. Total L3 shared cache is pegged at a stout 64MB and Naples will be capable of executing 64 threads while operating within a 180W power envelope. Naples reportedly will support eight independent memory channels and up to 128 PCIe Gen 3 lanes. In addition, a 16x10 GbE Ethernet controller is integrated into the chipset and Naples will use an SP3 LGA socket. The first server-based Zen processor could possibly squeak by for a late 2016 introduction, but odds are that we won't see widespread availability until 2017. At that time, you should expect Zen server processors in dual-, quad-, 16- and 32-core variants, with TDPs ranging from 35 watts to 180 watts. This is the second sighting of a 32-core AMD Zen variant. Earlier this year a CERN Engineer had details corroborating its existence in a presentation he was giving.

Submission + - More Details Emerge On 32-Core AMD Zen Server Chip Code Named 'Naples' (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: AMD is hoping their next generation Zen processor architecture will be able to go toe-to-toe with the best that Intel has to offer and AMD is reportedly working on a high-end server variant of Zen as well, codenamed Naples. Naples would have a total of 32 cores, with a cluster of Zen cores sharing an 8MB pool of L3 cache. Total L3 shared cache is pegged at a stout 64MB and Naples will be capable of executing 64 threads while operating within a 180W power envelope. Naples reportedly will support eight independent memory channels and up to 128 PCIe Gen 3 lanes. In addition, a 16x10 GbE Ethernet controller is integrated into the chipset and Naples will use an SP3 LGA socket. The first server-based Zen processor could possibly squeak by for a late 2016 introduction, but odds are that we won't see widespread availability until 2017. At that time, you should expect Zen server processors in dual-, quad-, 16- and 32-core variants, with TDPs ranging from 35 watts to 180 watts. This is the second sighting of a 32-core AMD Zen variant. Earlier this year a CERN Engineer had details corroborating its existence in a presentation he was giving.

Submission + - Asus RT-AC88U Brings Enterprise-Class Features To Consumer MU-MIMO Router (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: A second wave of 802.11ac wireless routers have begun to ship with a new feature called MU-MIMO, short for Multiple User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output. Asus has entered the fray with a dual-band AC3100 MU-MIMO router dubbed the RT-AC88U. This is a flagship router with all the usual bells and whistles but it differentiates itself from the competition by offering Link Aggregation and eight LAN ports, which are uncommon in a consumer-class router. The RT-AC88U is 4x4 design that competes head to head with Netgear's Nighthawk X4S, though the Nighthawk utilizes a Qualcom chipset while the Asus product uses a Broadcom SoC with NitroQAM Technology. Though both routers offer a 4x4 design, the Nighthawk is capable of 1700Mb/s on the 5GHz band while the Asus can dish out 2100Mb/s on the 5GHz channel (theoretically, at least). The Asus router also offers up to 1000Mb/s on the 2.4GHz band while the Netgear router is capable of 800Mb/s. One interesting feature of the Asus RT-AC88U is that is offers Smart Connect, which is a feature previously only seen in tri-band routers. It combines both bands into one SSID and intelligently connects devices according to their compatibility. In testing, the RT-AC88U is one of the fastest WiFi routers among the latest crop of devices and its user interface has enough advanced features to satisfy even the most demanding network admin.

Submission + - Alienware Ships First Laptop With 13.3-Inch 2560X1440 OLED Display (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Dell's Alienware 13 gaming notebook has been popular among gamers that want a little more horsepower in a relatively light 4.5 pound 13-inch machine. However, over the past couple of years, Alienware hasn't changed-up the design much, until today that is. The company is officially making the OLED display equipped Alienware 13 available today, that they debuted back in January at CES. Initial testing and review impressions show that, as expected, that OLED display sure is nice. Although, the new Alienware 13 OLED is also representative of a full revamp, including a 6th generation Intel Skylake Core series processor and an NVMe Solid State Drive. The real kicker, however, is that Alienware's 13.3 QHD (2560X1440) OLED display offers great saturation and contrast with an extremely crisp 1ms pixel response time that delivers beautiful image quality, whether working in content creation, or in fast moving action while gaming. Viewing angles with the display are also superior to high-end IPS panels including Dell's own XPS 15 with its near-bezelless Infinity Edge panel.

Submission + - Intel Announces Xeon E7 v4 Processors Supporting Up To 24TB Of Memory, 8 Sockets (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Intel recently unveiled their new top-end server chip offering, dubbed Xeon E7 v4, which leverages their Broadwell-EX architecture for mission-critical server applications, big data analytics, and the cloud. Servers with Intel Xeon Processor E7 v4 series processors can support up to 24TB of memory (3TB per socket), which is double the previous generation. The chips also support up to 8 sockets in a single system and are drop-in compatible with existing Brickland-based platforms, after a BIOS / microcode update. In most segments, Xeon Processor E7 v4 series processors typically feature more cores and cache than their previous-generation counterparts, and occasionally higher clocks as well. Xeon E7 v4 series processors with up to 24 physical cores (48 threads) and 60MB of cache will be available.In a 4-socket Brickland-based server powered by a quartet of E7-8890s, in comparison to last year's Xeon E7 v3 series parts, the new Xeon E7 v4 series is an average of about 30% faster across the board. SPECvirt-DC 2013 shows the largest gain of about 35%, while SPECfp shown an uplift of 19%.

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