AMD has now officially released their much anticipated Radeon RX VEGA 64 GPU, so of course the first thing to test is its capabilities in crypto mining. There were many rumors about the performance of the VEGA 64 regarding crypto mining, especially with its new HBM2 memory, but in reality, it does not seem like it will be the best option for miners. The out-of-the-box VEGA 64 posts a hashrate for Ethereum mining of only 31-32 MHS despite running with a fairly high power consumption. It also runs very hot, and the higher the temperature goes, the lower the performance drops.
In this iteration of Gestalt Server News:
– A look at AMD and Intel’s surprisingly competitive server platforms
– HyperGrid’s on-demand on-site solution
– How VMs are still more portable than Docker containers
Getting the most out of your home lab is essential for keeping up on certifications, and to keep expanding your skill sets in general. Matt Crape set himself the ambitious goal of expanding his home lab using the hopeful budget of $0.00, a man after my own heart.
AMD’s X399 is an unsubtle chipset for its unsubtle Threadripper CPUs. Luckily, AMD’s OEM partners are up to the challenge to design motherboards up to this standard. The initial batch are extremely high end, loaded with every feature imaginable. The one thing they all lack? Tasteful design. We’ve ranked the X399 launch motherboards by sheet tackiness, so you don’t have to.
Usually when we hear about increasing SSD capacity, it’s a matter of increasing flash density on a given chip. Intel is certainly no slouch in this department of innovation, or at least they are able to keep pace with other players in the industry.
But for their push into petabyte flash capacity, Intel seems to have rethought the rules a bit. Instead of cramming more flash onto a traditional form factor, Intel has put flash into a form factor specifically designed for the data center.
The year is 2017. At this point, whenever Windows Server 2003 provides the inspiration for a blog post, it’s probably not going to be the very salutary.
Dan Frith used a recent experience with the dated OS to look at the state of software lifecycles, and quite frankly vent some frustration.
I longingly remember being a Systems Administrator configuring all my infrastructure through a variety of consoles. Those days are far behind me now since I spend much of my time helping customers navigate the new cloud world where infrastructure is managed through automation. It can be difficult to orchestrate pieces of the infrastructure into your server provisioning lifecycle but some vendors are embracing the new provisioning methods. Rubrik is one infrastructure company that has built a platform to thrive in this new automated world.
Checkers is the game I played to kill time waiting for tables at restaurants. But solving checkers turns out to be a fascinating exercise. Recently, Alphabet’s AlphaGo team has made a lot of headlines with their neural network-based ability to beat human Go masters. But Ray Lucchesi looks back at earlier days trying to solve checkers with much more limited hardware and fundamentally different approaches.
Intel did most of what they needed to do with the Xeon Scalable launch. There’s enough of a speed boost to get noticed, some interesting new options for server builds, and some cool low-level features that are going to matter in HPC and ML. This may be the biggest datacenter platform in a decade for Intel but it’s not a massive advancement overall.