Tuesday, May 10, 2011

KGPU - CUDA accelerated Linux kernel

GPUs can speed up the kernel of operating systems. KGPU is a framework for calling GPU code from the Linux kernel. Here are some kernel tasks than can be accelerated by the GPU:

-- network packet processing;
-- in-kernel cryptography (IPSec, encrypted filesystems);
-- pattern matching (the GPU can accelerate regular expression matching, with speedups of up to 48x reported over CPU implementations);
-- basic algorithms: sort, search and graph analysis;

KGPU is implemented using NVIDIA CUDA. To demonstrate the feasibility of KGPU, the AES encryption algorithm has been implemented as a service on the GPU for the Linux crypto subsystem. When the size of data is larger than 8KB, the GPU (a GTX 480) outperforms the CPU (Core i7-930).

Source: http://code.google.com/p/kgpu/

Microsoft buys Skype for 8.5 billion$

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier tonight that Microsoft was in talks to purchase VoIP company Skype for between $7 billion and $8 billion. Kara Swisher just recently confirmed the acquisition in her BoomTown column, starting that the deal is worth an estimated $8.5 billion.

They will be porting it to Xbox live and for their WP7 platform.

Source: http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=21584

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Workers in Chinese factories forced to sign pledges

Anti suicide net
After a spate of suicides last year, managers at the factories ordered new staff to sign pledges that they would not attempt to kill themselves, according to researchers.

And they were made to promise that if they did, their families would only seek the legal minimum in damages.

This was done mostly for the fact that quite a few people saw suicide in those places as a quick way to earn money for their families ..... its damn depressing reading these things and seeing how much people get payed and in what kind of conditions they have to live in there.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1382396/Workers-Chinese-Apple-factories-forced-sign-pledges-commit-suicide.html

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

To all the movie fans

An awesome little "trailer" showing all the good stuff we can expect in the up coming months!

Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Green Lantern, Transformers 3, The Hangover 2, Harry Potter DH pt2 just to name a couple .... can't wait to go see them !!

This summer will be awesome!

DNF and Deus Ex: HR requirements revealed

Duke Nukem Forever:
Minimum Specifications
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.0 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.0 Ghz
Memory: 1 Gb
Hard Drive: 10 Gb free
Video Memory: 256 MB
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 7600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Recommended Specifications
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4 Ghz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.6 Ghz
Memory: 2 Gb
Hard Drive: 10 Gb free
Video Memory: 512 MB
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS / ATI Radeon HD 3850
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible


Deus Ex: Human Revolution:

Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 with DirectX 9.0c
Processor: 2 GHz dual core
1 GB RAM (Windows XP) / 2 GB (Windows Vista and Windows 7)
NVIDIA GeForce 8000 series or ATI Radeon HD 2000 series or better
8.5 GB of disk space

Windows 7
AMD Phenom II X4 or Intel Core 2 Quad or better
AMD Radeon HD 5850
8.5 GB of disk space

The requirements are lower than what I would have expected but I guess thats good news for people with older hardware and still want to give these two a shot.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

SLI coming to AMD chipsets again!

Starting from AMD's new 9 series chipsets you will be able to get SLI aswell!
This is good news because consumers will have more options for selecting boards and you wont be forced into a handful of boards if you really want SLI.


It has begun ....

The team from "Hurt Locker" has made plans to make a movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Would have thought people wait a little bit before making these things since it's been a day and already its time to make a movie apparently.


Seagate drives with 1TB platters

Good news from the storage drive market it seems that Seagate will be updating their Barracuda 3TB drives to 1TB platters that should bring increased performance. The first drives to be using the new platters will be their GoFlex external ones with the barracuda to follow possible in the middle of this year.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Kiss transmission device

Now this beast of a box with a stick is one freaky piece of tech .....

The Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications is conducting research into tactile communications, with the aim of creating a device which can effectively transmit the feeling of a kiss.


Razer Hydra

A new interesting controller for PCs is about to be released from Razer the Hydra. Looks quite similar to a wii controller but this looks to be more precise. At first glance it might seem a little awkward to use and it really doesn't seem like  something you would want to use for heavier FPS sessions but to have some fun times it looks very promising.

Hydra in action in Portal 2

Although this fun comes at a price of $139.99 /€139.99 that's the portal 2 bundle
Pre-orders have started in May and its expected to ship in June.