Borderline between military linkages to Government

first_imgDear EditorI refer to a letter that appeared in another section of the media on November 4 written by a “Concerned Citizen” which criticised the government’s decision to hold Cabinet meetings at the GDF headquarters. The concerned citizen asked “where are the voices of Dr David Hinds and Freddy Kissoon”—an obvious inference that we have been silent on the issue.On so many occasions I have heard that line—where was Hinds when so and so happened or why didn’t Hinds speak up when so and so was happening? The truth is that Hinds did comment on the issue to which the letter writer refers.No single individual can be everywhere or speak on every issue. But maybe it would help if people did a little bit of research before they make some sweeping assertions. This is relatively easy to do in the age of the internet. Further, maybe editors can use the “editor’s note” a little bit more to correct some of these glaring inaccuracies which when allowed to go unchallenged could be interpreted by readers as the truth.For what it is worth, the writer of that letter should be informed that I did comment on the Government’s decision to hold Cabinet meetings at the GDF headquarters in a news item on October 26 under the headline “Meeting of Cabinet at GDF HQ pilloried by Jagdeo – presidential complex undergoing urgent repairs” In an invited comment by Stabroek News I made the following observations.The Government’s decision to hold Cabinet meetings at the GDF headquarters, while not politically explosive, is bad optics and not tactically sound. At the end of the day, there are political consequences for such actions. The explanation that there were security concerns seems plausible on its face, but may not be worth the political cost.We have to believe that the Government tried very hard to find an alternative meeting place for Cabinet meetings. But I would have stayed away from the GDF headquarters for two reasons. First, by going there, the government is playing into the hands of the opposition, which has already raised the issue of the militarisation of the government. For the PPP’s support base this linkage of the military to government has long been a sensitive issue with ethno-political overtones that the government ought to do everything in its power not to feed.But there are also murmurs about the over-reliance on ex-military personnel among government supporters. Ours is a society in which political optics matter even among supporters and perception quickly becomes reality. We are also a society whose political culture is partly grounded in a separation of the military from the government; we don’t have a history of military coups and are not accustomed to seeing ex-military people in high political office.Mr Granger rose to political prominence, not because of his military background, but primarily because there was and is a perception that he is a decent man who is not tainted by the old politics. I think that a section of the society expected that his closest advisors would include some of his military comrades, but he has to be careful not to veer too much in that direction. In my estimation, we are at the borderline as far as the military linkage to Government is concerned.Sincerely,David Hindslast_img read more

Government should be transparent

first_imgDear Editor,In an article which appeared in the media on August 13, it was reported that senior ministers in the APNU/AFC Government are on an official visit to the ExxonMobil Headquarters in Texas, USA — apparently to familiarize themselves with oil and gas matters as they relate to the development of oil fields off Guyana’s coast.The ministers’ visit was treated as a state secret, as Guyanese are usually informed prior to any overseas visit of Govt. officials, and the reasons therefor. By design, however, no prior information was given to the public on this occasion.This visit by a large contingent of Government ministers to the headquarters of ExxonMobil, a company with which the Government is conducting business, raises a number of troubling issues. Firstly, Guyanese would like to know who is picking up the expense tab for this costly group trip of Government officials?Secondly, no technical professional accompanied the delegation to discuss such topics as production schedule, gas disposal, waste disposal after the crude is separated, etc; as much of this information is not incorporated in the contract agreement between the Government and ExxonMobil, which continues to be a state secret.The APNU/AFC Government should be transparent and inform the people as to the reasons for this visit by its most senior ministers to ExxonMobil Headquarters in the USA; the topics which were discussed, and the agreements which were made, if any. This will assure Guyanese in no uncertain way that the Government is not “hand in glove” with ExxonMobil, a company which will soon be a large generator of much of Government’s revenues. After all, Guyanese should be conscious of the sharing and disappearance of oil extraction revenues by large overseas companies operating in Nigeria, Angola, Sudan and elsewhere in the world.Yours truly,Charles Sohanlast_img read more

Alleged cocaine mule recruiters charged

first_img– remanded to prisonTwo suspected cocaine mule recruiters were on Friday brought before the court for recruiting Safraz Jalaladeen to traffic over 6.04 kilograms of cocaine out of Guyana, and appeared before Chief Magistrate AnnMark SawyersMcLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Rolston Bacchus, called “Biggs” and Mark Sawyers, called “Marco” both denied they recruited Jalaladeen to traffic the cocaine between April 1 and May 19, 2016.Reports indicate that ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) were able to finger the men after Jalaladeen was busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with the drug concealed in milk packets in two suitcases.Jalaladeen appeared before the same Magistrate two weeks ago and was sentenced to four years imprisonment for the crime and has since been cooperating with (CANU) ranks in the investigation.Bacchus was further slapped with recruiting Kathleen DeFlorimonte and Odessa Pollard, between July and November 2015 to traffic 12.34 Kilograms of cocaine out of Guyana.According to Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford-Thompson, Bacchus denied the charge. Reports are that on November 5, 2015, Pollard was slated to depart on a Caribbean Airlines flight destined to Trinidad and Tobago when she was busted with 12.348 kilogram of cocaine.Prosecutor Thompson disclosed that the drug was concealed in Kerrygold milk packets. Pollard told officers it is her mother-in-law, DeFlorimonte who had packed her suitcase and told her that diamonds were contained inRolston Bacchus, called “Biggs”the milk packages.They were charged before the court and are currently on trial at the Providence Magistrate’s Court.CANU officers noted that it is due to the two women’s statements that they were able to arrest of Bacchus who had been long under their surveillance.The Prosecution pointed out that Sawyer is no stranger to the court or the drug world, telling the court that the 26-year-old resides at Lot 521 Dazzle Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara, and has similar matters pending at the Providence and Sparendaam Magistrate’s Courts.Bail for the men was strongly objected to by the Prosecutor –Bacchus being a flight risk and Sawyer’s previous involvement in such matters.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan remanded the duo until June 21 and transferred the joint matter to Courts Five and Three respectively.last_img read more

Mattel pulls more toys from shelves

first_imgStill, with China offering the cheapest source of labor supply, Mattel, like other toy makers, continues to do business there. Despite negative publicity, investors haven’t pummeled the stock. The company’s stock is trading at its low end of its 52-week range of $21.52 and $29.71 per share. Mattel’s worldwide recall involved 436,000 die cast “Sarge” cars related to the character from the movie “Cars” because it contained lead paint. It also extended a November 2006 recall of toys that contain magnets that can be swallowed by children; they included Polley Pocket dolls and Batman action figures. That recall now encompasses 18.2 million magnetic toys worldwide. The recalls follow the actions taken by the company two weeks ago when it recalled 1.5 million products from its Fisher-Price unit worldwide. That recall, for lead paint, involved characters such as Dora the Explorer, Big Bird and Elmo. The latest recall sparked fresh concerns over whether Mattel should have warned the public sooner. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is looking into whether the Fisher-Price unit let the agency know as quickly as it should have its lead paint problems. And Mattel was questioned by the press again about the timing of its disclosures on the latest recall. Company officials said Mattel discovered there may be a potential lead paint issue between the end of July and the beginning of August and notified the CPSC a few days later, after doing more testing. The problem was discovered as part of a wide-scale investigation into all of its Chinese factories following the discovery of the Fisher-Price lead paint problem, the company said. But Gerrick Johnson, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets, questioned why it took so long for Mattel to disclose the most recent recalls when the company incorporated a $30 million charge for recalled product in its second quarter filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “You have to alert the public right away,” he said. “I think it’s a public relations nightmare more than anything else.” In the Aug. 3 SEC filing, Mattel said that additional information became available in July on “other smaller product recalls and similar charges were recorded.” In the conference call, Eckert said that the company was vague in its filing because it didn’t know which toys were involved and how many were affected. Kathleen Waugh, spokeswoman at Toys “R” Us, the nation’s second largest toy seller, said that she was notified Monday night and the retailer immediately removed the affected products off the shelves. “We are working with customers to understand the scope of the recall,” Waugh said. The recalls will likely scare off many consumers this holiday season, putting a damper on Mattel’s sales into next year, Johnson said. “If you wanted to know what the top-performing brands were over the last year, well, they were Elmo, Dora, Cars, and all of them are being subject to recall in some way or another, and all of them involve lead paint,” Johnson said. “I think, on the margins, you’ll get some consumers who won’t buy those products,” he said. The Mattel actions follow a string of other recalls of Chinese-made toys this year, ranging from Hasbro Inc.’s faulty Easy Bake Ovens to RC2 Corp.’s 1.5 million wooden railroad toys and set parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line, which contained lead. As a result, Johnson lowered his revenue outlook for Mattel by $25 million in 2007 and $40 million in 2008. Johnson also cut his earnings per share estimates by 3 cents to $1.47 in 2007 and by 5 cents to $1.60 in 2008. Still, Sean McGowan, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities Inc., said that while Mattel may be experiencing some pain now, it will only gain long-term trust in the end as he believes it’s being honest about investigating any other problems. About 65 percent of Mattel’s toys are made in China, but the toymaker has stood out among its rivals because it owns many of its factories there. About 50 percent of Mattel’s production in China is produced in company-owned plants. But Eckert noted that despite Mattel’s strict rules, he has recently seen violations among its subcontractors. Until now, Mattel had focused testing on materials that went into the toys and had factories do sample testing of its products. Now, the company is increasing its vigilance at the beginning of production and during production. Factories will be forced to test every batch of products before they are released to stores. Mattel is also stepping up unannounced random testing of its Chinese suppliers and says it will tighten enforcement of rules that suppliers use certified paint. In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Eckert said the correct paint for the “Sarge” cars, was sent to a subcontractor, who apparently chose not to use it. AP Business Writer Alex Veiga in Los Angeles contributed to this report. Toys recalled for lead and magnet hazards in the past 2 years Chinese-made toys recalled in the past two years because they contained small magnets or their paint contained lead. LEAD About 253,000 “Sarge” toy cars, imported by Mattel Inc. and recalled Tuesday.About 1.5 million plastic preschool toys including Big Bird, Elmo, Dora and Diego characters, imported by Fisher-Price Inc. and recalled worldwide on Aug. 2. The recall includes 967,000 of the toys in the United States.About 13,000 toy sets, imported and retailed by AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) and recalled July 18. Another 3,000 toy sets were previously recalled May 23.About 1.5 million Thomas & Friends wooden railway toys, imported and distributed by the RC2 Corp., recalled June 13.About 4,500 toy drums, imported by The Boyds Collection Ltd. and recalled May 30.About 5,000 bamboo game sets, imported by Target and recalled May 2.About 7,200 stuffed balls, manufactured by Regent Products Corp. and recalled March 28.About 128,700 toy sets, imported and retailed by Toys “R” Us Inc. and recalled March 13.About 190,500 toy play sets, imported and distributed by Target and recalled Nov. 15, 2006.About 340,000 bendable dog and cat figures, distributed by Fun Express Inc., a subsidiary of Oriental Trading Company Inc., and recalled Aug. 17, 2006.About 20,800 dinosaur and doggie flashlights, manufactured by The Little Tikes Co. and recalled March 1, 2006.About 140 Maptangle World Edition Floor Mat Map Games, manufactured in Taiwan (floor mat only) and distributed by Hidden Hills Productions Inc. The product was recalled Aug. 25, 2005.About 438,000 fishing poles featuring cartoon characters, distributed by Shakespeare Fishing Tackle Division and recalled June 17, 2005.About 1.5 million toy fishing poles featuring cartoon characters, distributed by W.C. Bradley/Zebco Holdings Inc. doing business as Zebco and recalled April 13, 2005.About 220,000 Nu-Tronix Karaoke Cassette Player/Recorder, distributed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and recalled April 13, 2005. MAGNETSAbout 7.3 million Polly Pocket play sets, imported by Mattel Inc. and recalled Tuesday. About 2.4 million Polly Pocket play sets were recalled Nov. 21, 2006.About 1 million Doggie Day Care play sets, imported by Mattel Inc. and recalled Tuesday.About 683,000 Barbie and Tanner play sets, imported by Mattel Inc. and recalled Tuesday.About 345,000 Batman and One Piece action figure sets, imported by Mattel Inc. and recalled Tuesday.About 800 Mag Stix magnetic building sets, distributed by Kipp Brothers and recalled July 5.About 8,800 toy townhouses, distributed by Small World Toys and recalled May 3.About 3.8 million Magnetix building sets, imported by Rose Art Industries Inc. (new owner is Mega Brands Inc.) and recalled March 31, 2006. An additional 4 million sets were recalled April 19.About 30,000 Link-N-Lite magnetic light-up puzzles featuring Disney and Spider-Man characters, imported by Jazwares Inc. and recalled Feb. 15.About 40,000 sets of MagneBlocks magnetic construction toys, distributed by Geometix International LLC and recalled Jan. 18.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – With its reputation bruised by the second major recall of Chinese-made toys tainted with lead paint in a matter of two weeks, Mattel Inc. on Tuesday defended the measures it has taken to ensure the safety of its toys. “I am disappointed in what has occurred and what has transpired,” Robert Eckert, chairman and CEO of Mattel, the world’s largest toymaker, said in an conference call with the media Tuesday. “No system is perfect,” he said. “We are continuing to test thousands of toys, and we could have additional issues.” Mattel – which had cultivated an image of tightly controlling production in China – has increased its monitoring of Chinese factories and launched an advertising campaign in newspapers such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. last_img read more

Finn Valley pupils pitch eco-business ideas for a greener future – Picture Special

first_imgTeamwork, eco-innovation and creative thinking brought eleven teams of pupils from the Finn Valley area together for an exciting Enterprise Competition this week.As part of the Young Enterprise Programme, 5th class pupils from ten local schools presented their eco inventions and enterprising ideas to judges in a Dragon’s Den-style event on Wednesday, February 8th 2017 in Finn Valley College, Stranorlar.The primary school pupils had been preparing projects over five weeks before the big day – all under the mentorship of 4th year business students from Finn Valley College. Teams were selected by Finn Valley College Business Teacher and Programme Organiser Ashlean Mc Geehan, who guided them through the experience of setting up their own eco-business. The teams pitched their businesses to three judges in the Ultimate Dragons Den style competition. The judges were Duncan Stewart from TV show Eco Eye, Rachel Mc Laughlin, Editor of DonegalWoman.ie and Michael Doyle, founder of EC Options, a Donegal Energy Conservation company.The judges were amazed and inspired by eleven innovative inventions which were designed to help our planet in many different ways. There was no shortage of creativity, business know-how and science knowledge from all schools with ideas including natural bug repellants, wind-powered cars, bird feeders, pillows for homeless people, e-growing compost cartons, book bags, safety swimming togs and eco-cigarette butts.The judges had a tough task of selected three winners – in first place were Gleneely NS with a Humane Mouse Trap, made from recycled material and designed with care to ensure mice could be caught safely and returned to their natural habitats.First Place Winners – Gleneely NS, Humane Mouse Trap. Presented by Duncan Stewart, Eco Eye In second place was St Mary’s Castlefin, whose Go-Pro Power Pellet may have the potential to revolutionise the farming industry one day. The Go-Pro Power Pellet is made with seaweed in order to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide and methane gas emitted from farm animals.Second Place Winners – Go-Pro Power Pellet, St. Mary’s Castlefin. Presented by Michael Doyle, EC OptionsThird place winners were the Eco Doctors from Sessiaghoneill NS. This team were a comprehensive eco-service for families to improve many aspects of their homes. The young doctors offered in-house visits to customers to analyse homes and show them how they can save energy, recycle household items in fun ways and create tiny gardens.Third Place Winners – Sessiaghoneill NS, Eco Doctors. Presented by Rachel McLaughlin, DonegalWoman.ieEvery team had a great display of energy and professional manner in their presentations. The students, along with their primary school teachers, put in a lot of hard work into their eco-innovations and the judges were thoroughly entertained by the pitches – at one point everyone was up doing the chicken dance!It was a tough competition but a lot of fun for all involved. The day was action-packed with ice-breaking exercises, business pitching workshops and team-building activities.Business representatives from the local community joined the Enterprise Day to mentor the young entrepreneurs and help them finalise their pitches – Edel Mc Bride, Rory Farrell, Paul Kelly, Darren Dunnion and Conor Malone worked alongside a team of FVC business teachers Ms Towey, Ms Clarke, Miss Coll, Ms Mc Dermott and student teachers Shannon Kelly and Clara Callaghan. The high-quality calibre of business ideas shows the world is in safe hands in the future if these bright young innovators continue to think about helping our planet stay green! Finn Valley pupils pitch eco-business ideas for a greener future – Picture Special was last modified: February 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinesseducationEnterpriseFinn Valley Collegepicture specialSCHOOLlast_img read more

Is Android Really Open? Skyhook’s Battle With Google Challenges That Claim

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#Location#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dan rowinski Imagine you have a date set up with one of the prettiest girls in school. You may not be the most popular kid in the halls, but she seems to like you and going out with her will be a big boost to your reputation.Along comes the captain of the football team. He tells the girl that she cannot go out with you or her, or any of her friends, will never be able to date a football player ever again. In the sociological mess that is high school, that would be absolutely devastating.Essentially, that is what Google is doing to location service provider Skyhook. And Skyhook is fighting back. In court.Skyhook provides its customers with a giant database of locations it has mapped to Wi-Fi signals and MAC addresses around the United States. Mobile phone manufacturers, among others, license Skyhook’s technology to augment GPS and tell phone users where they are.In its legal battle with Google to save Android contracts it signed with Motorola and Samsung, and Skyhook won the first courtroom battle with the search giant.“Being told you are going to lose your Android license is Google’s nuclear option,” Morgan said. “And Google uses its nuclear option often.”Judge Judith Fabricant of the Massachusetts Superior Court dismissed Google’s request for summary judgment of Skyhook’s complaint. That means the case will go into discovery, where both sides of the case have to share relevant documents with each other. It is something that Skyhook CEO Ted Morgan thinks Google did not want to go through.“All this, as I am learning, is a long game and we are only in the early innings,” Morgan told us. “From what we have seen, Google doesn’t want to go to discovery.”Google has not yet responded to our request for comment. Update: Google has declined comment on the case.As we have seen with recent location tracking controversies around Apple and Google, knowing where people are and what they are doing is big money. With the meteoric rise of Android, Skyhook is feeling that it is being wrongfully shut out of an explosive market sector that it thought it had firm grapple on.What Skyhook is upset about is that it says it was led to believe by Google that Android would be an “open” platform. Morgan said that Google had initially said that Android contained no location resources and hence Skyhook felt free to go ahead and negotiate contracts with original equipment manufacturers like Motorola and Samsung. Skyhook spent $1.5 million wooing Motorola and thought it had a foot in on the ground floor of Android in 2009.Stop shipLiterally, that is what the the court documents say, say, at least according to the complaint filed by Skyhook. Google’s head of Android, Andy Rubin, reportedly sent a message to Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha telling him to stop ship of Android devices loaded with Skyhook location software. Morgan said that is exactly the same thing Google did between Skyhook and Samsung.Skyhook is accusing Google of threatening to take away the Android licenses of Motorola and Samsung if did not launch with Google Location Services.“We looked at these deals that we wanted and we thought they were all pretty big,” Morgan said. “We thought we were on an IPO track after seven years in business and this happens.”Skyhook. Meet carpet. Yeah, the one that Google just pulled out from under you.“Being told you are going to lose your Android license is Google’s nuclear option,” Morgan said. “And Google uses its nuclear option often.”Then we come back to the notion of “open.” Skyhook would not be upset with Google if they had been upfront with their intentions for Android in the first place. Apple and Microsoft were straightforward with Skyhook in saying that they were going to use their own location services (for better or worse) and Skyhook, though probably disappointed, was OK with that.“It is all a cover story to be able to control the location [on Android devices,]” Morgan said. “We would be fine with it if that is the way it started but it wasn’t and we feel that might be illegal.”The next phase of the process will take about another six months as lawyers go through the discovery process. Skyhook’s attorneys will be looking to prove that Google is stifling innovation and forced Android OEMs to break contracts with Skyhook because the search company wanted to control the location data. There is a side case to all of this where Skyhook is suing Google over four location-based patents.To a certain extent, Google’s notion of “open” is on trial. Skyhook’s battle is the height of legal and economic intrigue mixed with world’s current technology ecosystem. Will the final result be a change in the way Google operates Android? center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Adobe Offers Up New Flash Version 11

first_imgThe first major release of Adobe’s Flash Player in two years was announced today. While anyone could download a beta of v11 over the past several weeks, the finished code will be available early next month and comes packed with new features. As an indication of demand (or just paranoia about potential security exploits), the beta was downloaded a million times in its first week. Flash is used in 98% of desktops that are connected to the Internet, according to Adobe and in just about every device imaginable with the notable exception of the iOS family. Adobe is trying with this release to unify its entire Flash ecosystem and have what it calls “one toolchain, one language, one codebase, one client.” They are also putting so much into Flash that it could be considered the next desktop OS, as I touched upon in a post last week here.Flash 11, and the accompanying Air v3, will include support for gaming apps, TK, and TK.On the gaming side, Adobe will try to deliver console-quality gaming experiences with 2D/3D hardware acceleration when the underlying computing platform will support such acceleration. The company claims that at least half of the Windows users have the right kinds of graphics hardware. If you don’t, you will still be able to run your Flash apps, just not very quickly. They claim ten times the rendering performance of v10 Flash Player. When a graphics processor is available and if you are running a current browser version, the Flash app will work with it natively to do tricks such as light sensors and vibration controls. For media apps, they will take advantage of rental and subscription options and also display full frame rate video and HD quality, including 7.1 surround sound, to connected TVs. Finally, for the enterprise users, they will leverage more open source libraries, better integrate with Outlook and other business apps, and incorporate NFC APIs. They also intend to make Flash more secure by directly leveraging better crypo and offer support for 64-bit OSs and browsers. Obviously, this is a lot to take in, and it could be trouble down the road, as Windows developers incorporate Windows-only extensions into their apps, making it tough to deliver a single codebase for example. And while the press briefing made mention of HTML5, it isn’t clear how these extensions to Flash will play out vis-a-vis HTML5 yet or with Windows 8, as we wrote about earlier this week. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#news#Products david stromlast_img read more

Establishing a Significant Footprint in 100Gb Top500

first_imgBy John Beck, General Manager Intel Omni-Path Architecture Business GroupOn November 14, 2016, at Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Intel shared exciting updates on the continuing market momentum of Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, Intel’s 100Gb fabric for high performance computing. The Intel® Omni-Path Architecture connects 28 systems in the current Top500 list, double the number of InfiniBand’s EDR, clearly proving that Intel®  Omni-Path Architecture is becoming the preferred 100Gb fabric for major deployments as a result of its strong performance and scalability. Intel® Omni-Path Architecture commands a total of 43.7 petaflops in the 100Gb Top500 arena, which is over 2.5x the total peak FLOPs for Infiniband EDR systems (17.1 petaflops). The high-speed, low latency and scalability of Intel OPA is critical to better performance and balanced cluster delivery for HPC applications.What a Difference Five Months Can MakeThe graphs below illustrate the tremendous improvements in the number of systems and total performance that have propelled Intel® Omni-Path Architecture to a leadership position in 100Gb fabric.We’re also very excited that Intel OPA is the first 100Gb fabric to appear in the Top 10!     The 8,208-node Oakforest-PACs cluster (University of Tokyo and Tsukuba University), which is based on the Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, has broken into the #6 spot in the recently-published Top500list. Delivering 25 petaflops of peak performance and a measured 13.5 petaflops (Rmax), the Oakforest-PACS cluster supports over 500,000 Intel® Xeon Phi™ processor cores (formerly codenamed Knights Landing).  The Intel® Omni-Path Architecture is specifically designed for large scale HPC deployments to offer the bandwidth, low latency and efficiency required for today’s biggest supercomputers.  The #6 listing on the Top500 list for the Oakforest-PACS cluster demonstrates the ability for Intel® Omni-Path Architecture to deliver top performance and scalability.Following the Oakforest-PACS cluster in the #12 spot is the 3,556-node CINECA Marconi-A2 cluster, sporting a peak performance of 10.8 petaflops and a measured ~6.2 petaflops.These are significant accomplishments, given that volume shipments started just nine months ago.  Intel’s high-speed, low-latency fabric for high-performance computing has quickly established its presence around the world as the 100Gb HPC fabric of choice, primarily due to its performance, price/performance, scalability, and the customers’ satisfaction with their initial experiences after deployment.   The vast majority of major HPC system OEMs integrating large and scalable machines have adopted the Intel fabric for their deployments. These include Dell, Lenovo, HPE, Cray, SGI, and Supermicro in the United States; Bull Atos and Clustervision in Europe; Fujitsu in Japan; and Sugon, Inspur, and Huawei in China.Integrators and customers cite that competitive performance is not the only compelling reason to choose Intel® Omni-Path Architecture. The increased port density afforded by Intel technology’s 48 radix switch silicon (compared to InfiniBand’s 36-port switch) reduces the complexity and costs in the network’s design required to enable large clusters. For Penguin Computing, who deployed Intel® Omni-Path Architecture for the first Commodity Technology System program (CTS-1) for the U.S. government’s National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA), said Intel’s switch was very beneficial for the CTS-1 design.  Please check out what Sig Mair of Penguin has previously said about Intel® Omni-Path Architecture benefits in the following Top500.org articleOpens in a new window. There are now eight NNSA/CTS1 clusters on this Top500, a number of which are in the top 50 on the list.The Proof is in the PerformanceThe proven quality and stability of Intel® Omni-Path Architecture allowed MIT to deploy their HPC system in record time this fall.   Jeremy Kepner, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow and head of the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center, shares that  “Dell EMC and Intel have been great partners in enabling us to dramatically increase the capabilities of our supercomputing center. The Dell HPC and Intel teams were very knowledgeable and responsive and able to deliver, install, and benchmark our Petaflop-scale system in less than a month. This was a great example of a well-coordinated and dedicated organization that was able to allocate the appropriate resources to exceed customer expectations.  We are very pleased with the efficiency and performance of our Dell EMC Networking H-Series fabric based on Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, which enabled our #106 ranking on the November Top500 list.”All accomplished in just the second Top500 list featuring Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, Intel’s leap in both number of solutions represented in the Top500 list and overall performance proves its commanding presence in the 100Gb fabric market.  Intel OPA is a pillar of Intel®’s Scalable System Framework, a consolidated strategy to bring highly integrated solutions to high performance computing.To learn more about Intel® Omni-Path Architecture visit: http://www.intel.com/omnipathOpens in a new windowlast_img read more

Rufus the hawk rules the Wimbledon skies

first_imgMale tennis players from the United States are almost as rare as hen’s teeth at Wimbledon this year, but a hawk native to North and South America definitely rules the roost when it comes to clearing the championship courts of pigeons.Every morning at dawn, a Harris hawk named Rufus, with his distinctive yellow-hued beak, patrols the skies over the tennis complex in southwest London.The hawk’s job is to scare the living daylights out of the pigeons who not so many years ago occasionally interrupted play as they strolled around the courts, searching for food and doing what pigeons do.For Rufus, pigeons are food, though the bird’s handlers and trainers, Wayne Davis, his wife Donna and their daughter Imogen, do their best to keep Rufus’s appetite balanced so the hawk will scare the pigeons but not eat them.That is part of the art of falconry as it has been practiced for more than 2,000 years, said Wayne Davis, although he cannot guarantee that Rufus will not occasionally go for the kill.”Thousands of years of evolution have dictated that’s what he should do,” Davis said, speaking over the phone from the family home in Northamptonshire, about what could happen if Rufus spots a pigeon and is feeling a big peckish.”We haven’t evolved a hawk to catch things for our own purposes – we’re just utilising its natural abilities,” he said.Rufus has become something of an avian star at Wimbledon, his picture taken by countless photographers and television crews. He even has his own Twitter account @RufusTheHawk.advertisementAs a family that makes its living from falconry, the Davises are delighted that one of this year’s big literary hit books is “H Is for Hawk”, British writer Helen Macdonald’s tale of how she trained a goshawk as a form of therapy to help her deal with the death of her father.”It’s absolutely fantastic,” Donna Davis said of Macdonald’s book this week as she and Imogen loaded Rufus into the car after his morning patrol.”I just thought she really captured the sense of training a goshawk, it is so difficult.”Having started bird training, with kestrels, at the age of 10, Davis does not recommend falconry to anyone who thinks it would be nice to have a hawk along with the family dog or cat.He particularly sympathises with Macdonald, whom he met at a falconry conference in Dubai last year, for her travails.”Goshawks are notoriously…finely-tuned. Anything would scare them, they’re very on edge, they’re very difficult to train,” Davis said.Rufus is “very placid in comparison to a goshawk”, Davis said, although the pigeons might not agree.last_img read more

BBC will distribute tiny re-programmable computer for kids

first_imgUK has been feeling that it is losing the technology-racethat is ramping-up everywhere in the world. BBC UK is taking up the cause ofenticing the young ones to enter digital world by giving tiny computer chipsets.The company will be giving out one million computers to the children above theage of 10.The chipset, dubbed Micro:Bit, will be comprised of twore-programmable buttons, Bluetooth Low Energy Module, a micro USB port, 25 redLED lights, an accelerometer, compass and five input/output rings that can befurther connected to various sensors and circuits. The Micro:bits processor ispowered by an ARM Cortex-M0, and has been made by Nordic Semiconductor. Thedevice will derive its power from an AA battery pack to behave as a stand-alonecomputer. The device will come in different colours and will sport a size of4x5cms.The chip is designed for children who can start developinginterest in programming and even technology in general. According to a reportfrom BBC, theirdirector general Tony Hall said the device will help children to go beyond thegeneric knowledge of computers and know about the programming behind it. “Weall know there’s a critical and growing digital skills gap in this country andthat’s why it’s so important that we come together and do something aboutit,” he said at a launch event in London.BBC has partnered up with 25 major brands to take thisinitiative that includes tech giants like Microsoft and Samsung. Tony Hallstated in the event, “Just as the BBC Micro introduced millions topersonal computers 30 years ago, the BBC Micro:bit can help equip a newgeneration with the digital skills they need to find jobs and help grow the UKeconomy. It’s the unique role of the BBC that allows us to bring together anunprecedented partnership to deliver such an ambitious project.”advertisementAlso read: Microsoft’smobile future now depends on Windows 10last_img read more