Facebook invited a team from Intel’s server group to take an inside look at Facebook’s first built-from-scratch data center. (Facebook had previously leased space from others.) For 18 months, Intel engineers worked with Facebook to design super-efficient custom server board designs for the new facility.
Facebook’s monster server farm opened last year in the remote desert town of Prineville, Ore., 150 miles east of Portland.
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Timewise riff off of this story: World’s First Computer May Be Older than You Think.
“Kissing future prosperity goodbye.” As the federal budget beadline nears, MIT President Susan Hockfield told the Commonwealth Club in Silicon Valley that she’s skeptical that Congress will avoid cutting funding for research by 10% for the next decade.
“It’s where big, new ideas get transformed into products that create new markets and put people to work,” she said.
Tablet computers that almost made it to market from Intel and Microsoft.
2000: The Intel Web Tablet let users connect to their PC and surf the Web from anywhere in the home using Intel’s Anypoint wireless home networking solution. It was not a stand-alone PC but an extended browsing device with some additional applications. Why it never reached market.
2010: Microsoft’s two-screen tablet Courier. The device wasn’t intended to be a computer replacement; it was meant to complement PCs. Courier users wouldn’t want or need a feature-rich e-mail application such as Microsoft’s Outlook that lets them switch to conversation views in their inbox or support offline e-mail reading and writing. The key to Courier, was its focus on content creation. Courier was for the creative set, a gadget on which architects might begin to sketch building plans, or writers might begin to draft documents. How MS killed it
Mike Mayberry, a 27-year Intel veteran, agrees with futurist Arthur C. Clarke’s “Third Law”: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” As director of the group responsible for cutting-edge process technology research, Mayberry and team have created plenty of enchantment.