Supermicro has just released their new lineup of server solutions for 3U and 4U rackmount form factors. According to Supermicro, these servers are ideal for embedded applications such as surveillance, gateway, caching, and IPC (inter-process communication). They’re advertising it as the world’s only 11 slot PCI-E motherboard system. Each server houses the X9DRX+-F motherboard by Supermicro.

Supermicro X9DRX+-F

Supermicro (X9DRX+-F) Key Features:

1. Dual socket R (LGA 2011) supports
Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600
and E5-2600 v2 family
2. Intel® C602 chipset; QPI up to 8.0GT/s
3. Up to 1TB ECC DDR3, up to 1866MHz;
16x DIMM sockets
4. Expansion slots: 10 PCI-E 3.0 x8 and
1 PCI-E 2.0 x4 (in x8) slot
5. Intel® i350 Dual port GbE LAN
6. 8x SATA2 and 2x SATA3 ports
7. Integrated IPMI 2.0 and KVM with
Dedicated LAN
8. 10x USB 2.0 ports
(4 rear, 4 via header + 2 Type A)

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 processors were reported by Intel to offer up to 45 percent greater efficiency and up to 50 percent more performance compared to the previous generation. This greater efficiency will help reduce power consumption by a lot. This processor will give data centers more power to compute intensive workloads and meet the diverse workloads of cloud-computing services.

This Supermicro server motherboard packs a lot of processing power and memory, perfect for keeping your IT infrastructure from slowing down. The 1TB of memory will help your data center meet the demands of high user traffic. Supermicro packs these three solutions with redundant Platinum Level (94%) High-Efficiency power supplies. With such high quality power supplies, you can be sure that your electricity bill will improve as there is much less electricity being wasted by the power supply.

if your company is looking to upgrade its IT infrastructure and you demand efficiency and performance for high user traffic, take a look at these Supermicro I/O Optimized Building Block solutions.

Recent studies have discovered a way for large shipping companies to increase their productivity and efficiency. The airport in Memphis, Tennessee has decided to change their flight policy regarding minimum distance between wide-bodied aircrafts. They have deduced that the distance can be reduced from 4 nautical miles to 2.5 nautical miles. By reducing the distance, they’ve been able to fit in 18 more FedEx shipping aircraft carriers. This new policy has helped FedEx increase hourly arrivals by 20% and reduce taxi times before takeoff by more than three minutes. Now instead of struggling to takeoff, FedEx shipping is struggling to move quick enough to get their planes on the airstrip. This increased efficiency is equivalent to adding another runway to the airport.

FedEx Shipping Planes

One of the Federal Aviation Administration administrators – Michael Huerta – stated:

“That single, elegant solution allowed us to increase the number of flights per hour, without a single piece of new technology or foot of pavement.”

Wake vortexes are the reason behind the old policy regarding airplane distance. These tornado-like air movements that form from the tips of large planes’ wingtips can reach wind speeds of up to 200mph, powerful enough to knock down smaller planes. According to an FAA training guide, encounters with wakes were linked to at least 51 accidents with 27 deaths from 1983 to 1993.

Airplane_vortex

For over a decade, Lockheed’s WindTracer technology has allowed researchers to track the wind speed and direction in clear air. They’ve been able to use this technology to create a database of aircraft wakes which has allowed them to deduce a closer flight distance between airplanes.

Known as the Wake Turbulence Recategorization or Recat program, the FAA also plans to implement the new policy for UPS’ hub in Louisville, Kentucky and delay-prone passenger airlines. They also plan to expand the program to San Francisco, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, and Philadelphia as well. This mostly affects wide-body aircrafts or single aisle planes treated as such, for example Boeing 757s. But this may mean that we’ll be seeing more competition between passenger carriers which means better deals for consumers.

In a newsletter from NDIA, they issued the latest details from the Department of Defense DD1414 report, Base for Reprogramming Actions for Fiscal Year 2013.

NDIA

“The report, required by the current year’s defense appropriations measure, lists the fiscal year 2013 amounts that Congress appropriated for the Pentagon’s 2,500 programs, projects and budget activities, and shows how much each will be reduced by the automatic spending reductions that took effect March 1. While not in the most user friendly format, we wanted to provide details that many companies have been looking for. As we receive more specific and definitive information, we will pass that along.”

Please click on the following link for the DD1414 Report from the Department of Defense:
Download/View/Print the Report

The US Department of Defense has announced a public meeting to discuss and obtain the views of experts and interested parties in the private sector and Government regarding electronic parts detection and avoidance coverage requirements to be proposed into the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).

The meeting will take place on June 28, 2013, from 9:00 a.m.to 12:30 p.m., EDT at General Services Administration (GSA), Central Office Auditorium, 1800 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20405. Interested parties should register by June 20.

federal-registerA proposed rule was published in the Federal Register at 78 FR28780 on May 16. The proposed rule is a partial implementation of the requirements at section 818, titled “Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts,” of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Pub. L. 112-81).

This new DFARS rule would only apply to contractors subject to the Cost Accounting Standards. It addresses the responsibility of DoD contractors for detecting and avoiding the use or inclusion of counterfeit electronic parts or suspect counterfeit electronic parts in items delivered to the Department. DoD plans to use contractors’ existing purchasing systems and quality assurance systems for avoiding bad purchases, and detecting suspect parts. instead of requiring contractors to establish an entirely new, separate system.

In addition, the DFARS case proposes to implement section 833, titled “Contractor Responsibilities in Regulations Relating to Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts,” of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.

This proposal makes the costs associated with counterfeit or suspect counterfeit parts unallowable except in certain limited circumstances.