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AMD Sued for Patent Infringement
Semiconductor design house Opti Inc has sued AMD in the famed Eastern District of Texas for infringing three Opti patents all entitled "Predictive Snooping Technology of Cache Memory for Master-Initiated Accesses.

The patents are numbers 5,710,906, 5,813,036 and 6,405,291.

These are the same patents that Opti sued Nvidia over two years ago in the same venue. Opti and Nvidia settled this August when Nvidia agreed to license the widgetry for $10 million and payments of $750,000 a quarter for three years or until in stopped using the technology.

AJAX Book Excerpt
So, what do AJAX and SOA have in common? The answer: Everything. Is AJAX an enterprise technology? The answer: Absolutely.  As we move to next-generation enterprise architectures using newer notions such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), there's a need for a dynamic Web interface that can layer over services and provide more value to the enterprise. Moreover, the enterprise in general can benefit from the advantages of AJAX; it's just a matter of making.

Infiniband Climbs into Bed with gigE
Mellanox on Monday announced ConnectX, a new fourth-generation adapter architecture that pairs 10- and 20 Gb/s Infiniband with 1- and 10-gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

It won't be available until Q1 but the company expects the widgetry to extend in 2008 to 40Gb/s Infiniband data rates. It also expects protocols like RDMA to bring some of the performance advantages of Infiniband to Ethernet.

Voltaire too has got 10GbE switches up its sleeve, saying that customers won't have to choose any more between Infiniband and Ethernet. They can have the high bandwidth, low latency characteristics of Infiniband while integrating with their legacy network infrastructures.

Come 2Q07, Voltaire figure it will be able to integrate traffic management and routing features such as partitioning and virtual LAN/SAN support across Infiniband, Ethernet and Fibre Channel interfaces. And there supposedly won't be any performance penalties. A user will be able to use Infiniband in a server rack and Ethernet for LAN connectivity with the same management tools and protocols.

AMD Backs OpenFPGA
Thinking to expand the adoption of its Torrenza initiative, AMD is the first sponsor of the OpenFPGA consortium, which is supposed to push reconfigurable computing solutions in HPC and enterprise computing.

OpenFPGA's steering committee includes Cray, GE Research, Oak Ridge National Labs and Sandia National Labs and naturally Torrenza embraces field programmable gate arrays.

Meanwhile, AMD and the Computer Architecture Group at the University of Mannheim have created the Mannheim Center of Excellence for research on AMD's HyperTransport technology.

Red Hat Picks Up a Couple of Showcase Accounts
The city of Vienna is going with Red Hat on its file servers and Oracle database servers, some of which are evidently going to become PostgreSQL databases.

Vienna has been a Linux user since the early 1990s but it's apparently switching from FreeBSD and AIX. Red Hat says it has migrated over a hundred servers, mostly on HP hardware.

Meanwhile, in a like-minded arrangement, Nokia's Networks Business Group has picked Red Hat as its primary operating system for carrier-grade server platforms.

The deal includes consulting, support and training.

Financial terms on both deals were not disclosed.

Liquid Computing Feels a Bit More Liquid after B Round
Liquid Computing, the three-year-old Canadian start-up whose high-end Red Hat-driven Opteron servers have just hit market, has gotten a $27.7 million B round that's supposed to expand its footprint in the enterprise HPC and xSP markets in North America and Europe.

The company is backed by Newbury Ventures, Vengrowth, ATA Ventures, the Business Development Bank of Canada, Export Development Canada, Axis Investment Fund Inc and its chairman Adam Chowaniec.

It's gotten this far on the $16 million it got last year.

It claims its machine, LiquidIQ, which is supposed to be a new class of scalable computer described as an interconnect driven server, delivers a five times improvement in sustained performance scalability over other commercially available servers and switches and a 14 times improvement in data center operations costs.

It's supposed to be the step beyond Infiniband switches, blade servers, monitoring agents and grid software that overcomes the bottlenecks by directly connecting processors, memory, I/O and commodity switches complements of the AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture and HyperTransport.

Liquid says it can deliver linear, independent scaling of compute, interconnect and I/O resources without degrading across 12 chassis. And each chassis can accommodate up to 80 sockets, or 160 sockets in a standard data center rack.

It also claims the widgetry can dynamically change to deliver any computing or communications task at best lifecycle economics.

More Linux Services from IBM
IBM is pushing new Linux implementation services that are supposed to put Red Hat or SUSE on System x, p. i, z machines and BladeCenters up to 30% faster, or consolidate cheaper, or optimize clusters. It's got a like-sounding proposition for grids that promises greater use of existing resources and increased application performance.

Long Horn Watch
Now that Vista is practically out the door, attention will inevitably turn to the Long Horn server, which has been in Beta 2 since May and is now supposed to go into Beta 3 in the first half of next year.

Google Becomes Samba Patron
Google has committed to donating $20,000 a year to the Samba Project. It is the first donation of its type since Samba joined the Software Freedom Conservancy, which apparently makes accepting donations easier.

IBM Yells Geronimo!
IBM claims a following of 600 ISVs and systems integrators for the Community Edition of its WebSphere Application Server, its free open source application server based on Apache Geronimo that it introduced six months ago. IBM says 200 ISVs have new apps for the thing and 250,000 copies of it have been downloaded. The idea is to get department and SMEs on it and then graduate them over time to IBM's commercial stuff.

Optaros Gets More Funding
Optaros, the consulting and systems integration start-up that does what it does with open source software - sort of along the lines of OpenLogic, SpikeSource and SourceLabs - has gotten $12.5 million of a $13 million B round from Globespan Capital Partners, Charles River Ventures and General Catalyst Partners. A year ago March, the company got a $7 million first round.

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AMD Sued for Patent Infringement Semiconductor design house Opti Inc has sued AMD in the famed Eastern District of Texas for infringing three Opti patents all entitled 'Predictive Snooping Technology of Cache Memory for Master-Initiated Accesses. The patents are numbers 5,710,906, 5,813,036 and 6,405,291. These are the same patents that Opti sued Nvidia over two years ago in the same venue. Opti and Nvidia settled this August when Nvidia agreed to license the widgetry for $10 million and payments of $750,000 a quarter for three years or until in stopped using the technology.




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