Monday, September 28


Daily News Stuff 27 September 2020

Short And Sweet Edition

Tech News

  • More leaks of Radeon 6000 specs from recent driver updates.  (WCCFTech)

    In raw numbers, Navy Flounder - the 6700 XT - looks to be 30% faster than the current 5700 XT, and Sienna Cichlid - the 6900 XT or whatever they choose to call it - to be 130% faster.  Dimgrey Cavefish will be the new low-end card and will probably run somewhat faster than the current RX 5700 (non-XT).

    These numbers put the 6900 XT at about 75% of the raw TFLOPs of the RTX 3080, but the RTX 3000 series increased TFLOPs more than it did game performance, so AMD looks to be in the 3080 ballpark.

    It could all be nonsense, but the numbers are plausible.  We already have full specs for the RDNA2 chips in the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, and these line up pretty well with those designs.

  • PyPy 7.3.2 now supports Python 3.7.  (MorePyPy)

    The 3.7 version is marked alpha, though it's considered stable outside of specific new Python 3.7 features.

  • The return of Fiber Channel: Kioxia (Toshiba) is sampling SSDs that plug directly into 25Gb Ethernet.  (Serve the Home)

    Each drive has dual Ethernet ports for redundancy.

    Fiber Channel itself is still around and according to Wikipedia can now hit speeds of 256Gbps, which is quite a lot.

  • San Francisco's Metropolitan Transport Commission is thinking of requiring tech workers to work from home.  (NBC News)

    "Preferably from a different state entirely," they added.  "California is fucked."

Disclaimer: We tried doing nothing, and now we're out of ideas.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 12:40 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Drive the bus from your damn house.  Drive the train from your damn house!  Sell tokens from your damn house!  Get drunk at your damn house!  Be a rude ass bitch from your damn house!  Drop people off at the wrong stop from your damn house!

Posted by: normal at Monday, September 28 2020 01:22 AM (obo9H)

2 If I didn't own property in California, I'd find it adorable how "progressives" always fail to identify even the most obvious consequences of their "progress". A few more years of this self-inflicted damage, and we'll have to bring in Mocha to draw nature reclaiming the abandoned corporate HQs of Silicon Valley.


Posted by: J Greely at Monday, September 28 2020 03:08 AM (ZlYZd)

3 "It’s probably fine if you own a big house out in the suburbs and you’re nearing retirement, but for young workers like me who live in crowded conditions, working from home is terrible.”
What a crybaby.  I spent the last year and a half in a crowded-ish environment (four-story apartment "tower" in an urban environment) working from home.  In Texas, which isn't any kind of walkable Mecca, either (although if your needs are fairly limited, where I lived in North Dallas actually kinda was.)

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, September 28 2020 07:53 AM (eqaFC)

4 Isn't ethernet kind of a bad protocol for reading and writing disks?

Posted by: normal at Monday, September 28 2020 11:05 PM (LADmw)

5 Maybe?  Every modern protocol is thirty layers of wrapping over something terrible, so I'm not sure it really makes a difference.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, September 29 2020 12:01 AM (PiXy!)

6 Normal, it looks like Kioxia has implemented NVMe protocol as layer 3, so they're using Ethernet in the sense of "things attached to the same switch with MAC addresses", not Internet-of-SSDs. And the NICs have custom firmware that recognizes the NVMe packets and DMAs them to the controller.


Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, September 29 2020 02:34 AM (ZlYZd)

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