Archive for the ‘Cloud Computing’ Category

A Google executive recently said the cloud computing market in 2012 will focus more on mobile devices and social networking in order to keep pace with businesses’ interests. Amit Singh, vice president of Google Enterprise, told eWeek that the cloud trend next year will try to move businesses more into the realm of teamwork from the era of individual production.

With the move more into social networking, Singh said Google is trying to push forward the integration ability of its social networking website Google+. Singh said businesses will start using more of a BYOD, or bring your own device, approach when it comes to using mobile devices at work. Peter Coffee of said he sees the cloud helping users break through with features and capabilities they may not have had before, such as the ability to create a document on one device and view it on another.

“People do not want to be burdened by what device is holding a piece of content,” said Coffee, who added that having content that is device-neutral will be important for everyone in the business world.

Gartner’s predictions for the future of cloud computing agrees with Singh’s prediction, adding that by 2016, 50 percent of cloud-based email users will rely on a browser, tablet or mobile device instead of a desktop.


China’s top economic planner has allocated 660 million yuan (103.6 million U.S. dollars) of special funds to guide cloud computing research, as part of the government’s efforts to boost the sector’s development, the China Securities Journal reported Friday.

The funds, the first batch of their kind, were designated to 15 cloud computing programs scattered across the country’s five cloud-computing pilot cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Wuxi, according to the report.

Internet giants Alibaba and Baidu received more than 100 million yuan to lead the projects while several other companies, including Shanghai East-China Computer Co. Ltd and Beijing Teamsun Technology Co. Ltd, received some 15 million to 20 million yuan, the report quoted an unnamed source as saying.

The news gave a brief lift to related stocks despite the downbeat sentiment on the broader market. Stocks of East-China Computer Co. Ltd, rose 2.23 percent in the morning trading to end the session at 23.4 yuan per share.

The business-led projects will experience a five-year assessment period, through which the National Development and Reform Commission will follow and evaluate the process to decide whether to inject more money, according to the source.

The report also said China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has drafted a framework document on the development of cloud computing during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015).

Tang Gang, an official with the MIIT, said China will see the effects of applying the technology by the end of the 2011-2015 period, but its large-scale application won’t emerge till the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020).

According to estimates by Orient Securities, the cloud computing sector in China could be worth 750 billion to 1 trillion yuan over the next five years, about 15 percent of the value of strategic emerging industries.

  • Aditi Technologies, a software product and application development services provider, has acquired Seattle-based cloud-computing start-up, Cumulux.
  • Cumulux, founded in 2008 by former Microsoft employees Paddy Srinivasan and Ranjith Ramakrishnan, provides cloud computing services to customers such as US automaker Ford Motor, power generation equipment maker General Electric and Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund.
  • Aditi is betting its business on the cloud. We expect over 50% of our future revenues to come from cloud computing”, said Pradeep Rathinam, chief executive officer of Aditi Technologies. He declined to reveal the deal size.
  • Bangalore-based Aditi, a $90-million privately held company with 1,400 employees, focuses on industries such as financial services, online, mobile, gaming and bioinformatics.
  • For Aditi, founded by technology entrepreneur Pradeep Singh, the acquisition will help the company offer cloud solutions to customers such as Swiss bank UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Nomura and Barclays Capital.

Intel may be about to change all that, with a processor built on an architecture it’s dubbed “Many Integrated Core” or MIC.

But first let’s talk FLOPS, or floating point operations per second, which signify a popular measure of supercomputer’s processing prowess. We know from the latest benchmarks that the world’s fastest computer, Fujtisu Co.’s K supercomputer, can do 10.51 petaflops, which amounts to over 10 quadrillion calculations per second.

In scientific notation, we’d call 1 petaflop equivalent to 1 x 10 to the 15th power floating point operations per second. So over 10 of those add up to what the K supercomputer can do. But it takes the K supercomputer 864 computer racks and 88,128 parallel-linked, eight-core CPUs to pull that off. That’s a whole lot of CPUs.

Enter Intel’s “Knights Corner,” a commercial co-processor based on the company’s MIC architecture and capable of 1 TFLOPS (teraflops) double precision performance. Granted, that’s running software that may have been optimized for Intel microprocessors, notes the company, but okay, 1 teraflops, equivalent to 1 x 10 to the power of 12, or 1 trillion calculations per second.

By comparison, a single Intel i7 processor with six cores can do about 158 GFLOPS or 158 billion calculations per second. Knights Corner—sounds like a chess move, right?—is thus over six times faster than some of the fastest consumer-grade processors available right now.

via Meet Intel’s Crazy 50-Core ‘Knights Corner’, World’s First 1 TFLOPS Processor | TIME

Almost a year after its launch, Google TV owners are finally beginning to receive a major update that will dramatically improve the service with the addition of apps, a cleaner interface and more. But will the update make a dent in the many criticisms — sluggishness, and a lack of web video content, to name a few — lodged against it?

After living with the latest version of Google TV for the past few weeks, I’m happy to say that the updated service finally lives up to Google’s initial promises of unifying traditional TV with web content. It’s a massive update that makes existing Google TV devices feel completely fresh and new. But new buyers will likely want to hold off until Google announces new Google TV devices before they jump aboard.

First, a bit of history: I’ve been living with Logitech’s Revue Google TV unit since I reviewed it last year, so I’m intimately aware of the platform’s existing strengths and weaknesses. But since the update was first made available to Sony’s Google TV devices, Google sent me a Sony set-top box to check out. (Google says the update should be headed to Revue units within the next few weeks.)

The first thing you’ll notice about the new Google TV interface is that it looks nothing like the original — which, frankly, was an eyesore. Gone are the ugly text menus and complicated user interface GTV users have grown to hate, and in their stead are attractive icons and a far more streamlined experience. This time around it feels like Google actually paid attention to how people use GTV, instead of just rushing it out the door.

With the new update, Google TV is now powered by Android 3.1, which opens the door for it to support Android apps. GTV’s assortment of available apps is small at the moment, but there are already some standouts like Redux, an innovative app that sorts high-quality web video into hand-picked channels. I’ve also grown quite fond of GTVBox, a tiny barebones app that supports just about every video file format I throw at it.

Google TV isn’t the first connected TV platform to sport apps — Samsung has already made a decent business of selling apps on its TVs, and Roku offers something similar with its multiple channels — but the fact that it runs Android makes it easy for developers to bring their apps into the living room.

Google has also updated some apps of its own: The new YouTube app is a vast improvement over the previous HTML5 app (which is still accessible through the web browser), and a new “TV and Movies” app compiles content available across cable or satellite, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and other sources. As I’ve previously written, YouTube’s upcoming original channels could be a boon Google TV owners as well.

read more at venturebeat

Apple Monday released a new version of its media player programme iTunes, adding the much-anticipated scan-and-match service for music iTunes Match.

The feature, included in iTunes 10.5.1, can scan a user’s library to find music and match the content to the music available in an iTunes Store.

If it finds a match, users don’t need to upload the music and can listen to them anywhere, even better-quality versions, on any devices running Apple’s iOS operating system. Music that doesn’t match is automatically uploaded, reported Xinhua.

With a subscription fee of $24.99 a year, users can store up to 25,000 of their own songs in Apple’s cloud server. The iTunes Match is currently only available in the US.

The iTunes Match was first introduced in June along with Apple’s iCloud platform, the company’s cloud service enabling users to sync their files, apps and content among Apple devices.

Unlike Google and Amazon, Apple got the official blessings from all four major music labels, making the company only need to keep one copy of each song in its cloud server, eliminating the uploading work for users and redundancies for servers.

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  • Huawei, a China-based leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, is considering Gujarat for setting up its manufacturing base. The move which is seen as a fallout of Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi’s recent goodwill visit to China also has the company considering on a move to set up an research and development center (R&D) with specific focus on e-Governance and a future technology solutions lab in Gujarat.
  • The global telecommunications giant might bring its technical knowhow for setting up a data center, the smart city project for Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, creating a Government data base in Cloud technology and building linkages with educational institutions,” the state government said in a statement.
  • Huawei has strengthen its position in India by providing end-to-end network solutions to all the top 10 Indian telecom operators over the last decade.
  • During the five-day visit to China between November 8 to12, Gujarat chief minister laid a foundation to many future plans that will in turn strengthen the business, economic and cultural ties between China and Gujarat. Among the other highlights of the trip include plans of introducing and bettering air connectivity between Ahmedabad and the Chinese cities of Beijing Shanghai and Chengdu.
  • The China Rail Engineering has plans to lead a delegation to Gujarat in the next few months to assess the potential and scope for participation through metro or high-speed trains. The two also plan to work on affordable and sustainable housing technology in a bid to create affordable mass housing and make urban areas slum free.

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