Thursday, March 25

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Daily News Stuff 25 March 2021

Holobirds Are Go Edition

Tech News

  • My request to replace the splat 24 core Threadripper with a new dual Epyc 7702 was approved immediately, since I have better things to do than fuss with broken servers.

    It's slower single-threaded (by about 25%) but faster multi-threaded (by about 150%), and has twice the RAM and SSD.  Should be nice.

    Except for the whole single point of failure thing, it could probably run all our applications by itself.

    Tech support swapped the drives for the broken server into a brand new system - and it's still broken.  It's giving me memory errors - except when I run a memory test.  Ain't nobody got time for that.


  • Samsung is sampling 512GB DDR5 modules for next-gen servers.  (Tom's Hardware)

    These are still using 16Gbit dies - nobody has anything denser yet.  The DDR5 spec allows for dies to be stacked up to eight high, twice as much as DDR4, hence the higher capacity.

    DDR5 also allows for 24Gbit dies, which are more feasible than jumping straight to 32Gbit.  With AMD's next gen Epyc rumoured to have 12 channel memory, we could see weird memory sizes with two factors of three - 9216GB for one socket and one DIMM per channel.


  • Genshin Impact has raked in a billion dollars.  (WCCFTech)

    Meanwhile I'm sort of generally aware that it's a thing that exists.  There's a character called Paimon, yes?


  • Apple may be violating European privacy laws even while boasting of protecting users' privacy.  (Politico)

    Or not.  The laws are European, so they mean whatever it is convenient for them to mean, just like Apple's privacy policy.


  • Researchers are injecting tiny robots into mouse brains.  (Science Robotics)

    Are you pondering what I'm pondering?


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Disclaimer: I think so, Brain, but where would we find five hundred gallons of lime jello and a polo pony at this time of night?

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1 I wonder if taller die stacks would increase the thickness of DIMMs enough to need to spread the sockets out.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, March 26 2021 01:08 AM (eqaFC)

2 DDR5!  I mean, our hard drives have had OSes on them for a few generations now, our CPUs have had a lower level OS running on 'em for quite a while, why not our RAM?

Posted by: normal at Friday, March 26 2021 04:01 AM (LADmw)

3 Apropos of normal's comment, I just learned something hilarious yesterday.
Back in the 80s, there was a floppy drive made by a 3rd-party company for the 8-bit Atari computers.  Nicest-looking floppy drive ever made, in many people's opinions:  google the Indus GT and look at the images.  Anyway, while looking for it for an unrelated reason, I came across a forum post from 2018 saying someone had a 64K memory expansion card you could plug into a header on the drive...which would give you enough RAM to run CP/M on the drive and use your Atari as a dumb terminal.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, March 27 2021 01:46 AM (eqaFC)

4 I just found the Indus CPM page--turns out the drive has a Z80 on it.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, March 27 2021 01:50 AM (eqaFC)

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