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SoftLayer Leveraging GPUs to Power High Performance Cloud Service

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Today on Tom's IT Pro: How SoftLayer Uses GPUs to Enable High Performance Cloud Computing, Review: Intel Xeon E5-2600 Eight-Core CPUs, and Cloud Computing’s Cambrian Explosion.

Today on Tom's IT Pro: How SoftLayer Uses GPUs to Enable High Performance Cloud Computing and Review: Intel Xeon E5-2600 Eight-Core CPUs, and Cloud Computing’s Cambrian Explosion.

Veteran technology Journalist David Strom, one of the leading experts on network and Internet technologies, highlights the manner in which SoftLayer will offer a new high-performance cloud computing service in his latest article for Tom's IT Pro.The hosting company is combining Intel's ES-2600 Sandy Bridge servers with one or two of Nvidia's Tesla M2090 graphics processors to power the service in its data centers. 

David begins his coverage by running down the history of supercomputers. Over half a decade ago, these powerhouses ran on collections of CPUs. Since then, GPUs have entered the picture, creating hybrid supercomputers based on standard CPUs and graphics processors. You even had folks developing primitive supercomputers composed of linked PlayStation 3 game consoles!

SoftLayer developed its CPU/GPU-based cloud computing service to greatly boost performance over its standard offerings. As David writes, "SoftLayer claims a 10x computing performance increase over standard CPU configurations."

With those kinds of numbers, you can bet that SoftLayer won't be alone for long delivering on-demand hybrid-GPU clusters. Check out David's article here to learn more about the SoftLayer's new approach to servicing its customers and the history of supercomputing. 

Intel Xeon ProcessorsIntel Xeon ProcessorsChris Angelini, Worldwide Editor-in-Chief of Tom's Hardware, recently compared Intel's new eight-core Xeon E5-2687W CPUs against the older Xeon 5600 and 5500 series. Originally published on Tom's Hardware, this review ran both processor families through the site's rigorous suite of benchmark tests.

As Chris notes, with the E5-2600 series, Sandy Bridge architecture has finally made its way to the company's dual- and quad-socket-capable Xeon processors. He comes away impressed by how much E5-2600s improve efficiency and performance. Intel has indeed replaced the best with something better.

Read the article here to learn more.

Also today, we post the latest article in IT author, systems architect,and consultant Dan Sullivan's Tom's IT ProThe Silver Lining blog.  In it, Dan talks about how although ecosystem is a word often used in regard to cloud computing, there's another biological metaphor that's just as (if not more) apt: the Cambrian Explosion.

A Cambrian-Like Explosion for Cloud ComputingA Cambrian-Like Explosion for Cloud ComputingThe Cambrian Explosion is the period when the complexity and diversity of life on earth really took off. As Dan writes, "Some critical threshold was passed in terms of a favorable environment and genetic complexity that allowed for a wide range of evolutionary experimentation.  We are starting to see the beginnings of comparably favorable environments and technical complexity in cloud computing now."

See here to read Dan's blog post and discover what companies laid down the foundation for today's Cambrian-like cloud computing explosion.

James Alan Miller is Managing Editor of Tom's IT Pro. He is a veteran technology journalist with over seventeen years of experience creating and developing magazine and online content. Founding editor of numerous business and enterprise computing sites at the network, James headed up the After Hours section at PC Magazine, as well as hardware and software sections of various Windows publications.

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