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Government contract: Intel researches fast memory for nuclear agency

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Intel has already said goodbye to the business with DRAM, NAND flash and most recently 3D XPoint. Nevertheless, the company wants to research a new memory technology on behalf of the US Department of Energy that works much faster than DRAM. The memory is intended to speed up the simulation of nuclear weapons.

Storage research for the energy authority

As The Register reported that Intel was commissioned by the US Department of Energy and its research branch, Sandia National Laboratories, to develop a new memory technology as part of the so-called Advanced Memory Technology Program (AMT). This is primarily intended to accelerate supercomputers for simulating nuclear weapons and their effects. Therefore, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) provides the financial framework. In addition to Sandia, other US research institutions are also involved in the multi-year project.

The Sandia Labs announcement states that several memory Technologys have already been selected that “have the potential to deliver more than 40x the application performance of our upcoming NNSA exascale systems“.

Technical details are not yet known, but Intel says that “fundamental aspects of how DRAM is organized and coupled to computing platforms‘, want to reconsider, ‘to achieve breakthrough performance“.

The aim is that the new technology is used not only for the nuclear program, but for all areas of high-performance computing. “We hope these innovations will be translated into industry standards to improve the entire ecosystem‘” Intel Fellow Josh Fryman is quoted as saying. However, the communication with simulations for hypersonic missiles again mentions a potential weapon segment as an example.

Intel memory is not commercial

Intel as a research partner initially seems surprising given the company’s many failed attempts in the memory business. Intel had already said goodbye to the DRAM business in 1984. The non-volatile mass storage device NAND flash and the associated SSD business were sold to SK Hynix last year. And it was only this summer that Intel also said goodbye to the Optane products based on the 3D XPoint phase change memory, as this division was making high losses. Intel had previously developed and produced 3D NAND and 3D XPoint together with its research partner Micron, but the two have long since gone their separate ways. At first glance, Micron would appear to be a much better contact for the US project, because the manufacturer continues to earn its money with DRAM and NAND flash.

Intel was a DRAM pioneer

However, it must not be forgotten that Intel was the pioneer in the development of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM). The first commercially available DRAM chip was the Intel 1103 with 1 KiBit storage capacity. The IBM researcher Robert H. Dennard is considered the inventor of the DRAM memory cell.

The fact that Intel no longer produces and sells memory products does not mean that research into new Technologys in this segment is not ongoing. When it comes to particularly fast DRAM memory, Intel recently equipped processors with High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). But even its performance is far from sufficient to meet the requirements of the project.

SOT-MRAM is faster than DRAM

There has long been a search for solutions to bridge the gap between extremely fast SRAM with tiny bit densities and the correspondingly high costs and slower DRAM. A recent hot candidate is SOT-MRAM (Spin Orbit Transfer Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory), which is being developed by the French company Antaios. In which technical direction Intel is researching as part of the project is still completely unknown.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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As every Sunday we end the week with a new review of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes. This compilation will allow you to find the most important information of the last seven days just one click away. Have a good Monday.

  • How Digital Transformation enables the four-day work week.
  • Production with robots would be paralyzed for weeks, in the event of a cyber attack.
  • These are the main novelties that the self-employed will face in the next two years.
  • Renting Finders joins the Lanzadera program.
  • How do I know if I’m eligible for Windows 11?
  • Cybercriminals are using OneNote to spread malware.
  • 85% of Spanish workers will not ask for a salary increase this year.
  • 70% of Spanish managers avoid the mental health problems of their teams.
  • What future does face-to-face events hold: the opinion of the expert.
  • The Christmas campaign closed with an increase in online purchases of 13%.
  • Four reasons why consumers opt for chatbots.
  • Google for Startups creates a specialized cybersecurity program.
  • Samsung will launch the new Galaxy Book3 on February 1.
  • Canon reinforces its digital services thanks to its Document Services Hub.
  • 86% of users will prefer pay-as-you-go over long-term licenses.
  • Digital workers do not want to return to the office: 80% would leave the job.
  • Four out of 10 self-employed expect a drop in activity due to inflation.
  • NVIDIA launches new Studio Drivers drivers, we review their keys.
  • Sony introduces new Crystal LED BH and CH series monitors.
  • Epson and Yuima Nakazato together for a sustainable future in the world of fashion.
  • AOC launches its new range of P3 monitors for professionals.
  • New NUC with Intel Alder Lake-N CPU, powerful and compact.
  • Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution.

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The most frequent problems regarding time control

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As indicated from Woffu, time control managementIn addition to being a legal necessity, it is one of the main headaches for HR managers. The company highlights the main difficulties when it comes to managing the presence and absence of workers and how to solve them.

Waste of time solving incidents

One of the main problems that HR managers encounter is the time invested in solving incidents caused by disconnected tools, which do not have the technology to integrate vacations and absences with the presence in the same tool.

Many companies manage absence requests by email, paper or Excel sheets, for example, which do not allow them to attach supporting documents. In this way, as they point out from Woffu “team leaders waste hours and hours searching for and requesting receipts, reviewing who is working and who is not available. This prevents them from focusing on valuable tasks.”

Non-digitized HR processes

In the same way, one of the obstacles in the management of time control is the lack of digitization. Since the Time Control Law does not specify whether it must be done with a tool designed for it, there are many companies that choose for continuing to register on paper or in Excel sheets. “Companies waste a lot of time by manually recording the hours worked and the reasons for absence, in addition to the fact that the margin of error is greater and the data obtained is not reliable”, They comment from Woffu.

In addition, in many companies, the tools used do not allow managing the signing of a hybrid work model or a work model only remotely. Therefore, by not having this digitization, the company lacks data and information that helps to understand its reality, such as the absenteeism rate, departments that telework the most, etc.

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Lack of visibility of the days of absence and presence

Another of the common problems is that the company usually lacks visibility of the days of absence and presence of employees or between teams. This translates into a waste of time asking or searching emails or notifications for the availability of the rest of the team. Related to that lack of visibility is the fact that employees may believe that their overtime is not being recorded. This leads to disgruntled and distrustful employees.

Tools that do not meet the needs

It may happen that HR software has been hired, but when employees and managers use it to record the workday, or to request medical hours, the tool does not meet usability standards. Or it does not allow a real-time connection with visualization on any device. In this case, it is best to test the tool before entering into a deal. Make sure that it is user friendly and that it responds to the needs of both employees and HR managers. We must try to make the use of the labor registration tool as easy and bearable as possible, so it will be possible to ensure its daily use and full adoption by the workforce.

Time Control Law

Despite the fact that it has been more than four years since the implementation of the Control Law, it is still an aspect of business management that continues to generate controversy and controversy. In fact, according to data published by Grupo SPEC, half of the companies would not pass an inspection by the hourly register three years after the law. In fact, from September 2019 to May 2022, inspectors have detected a total of 3,299 violations in the registration of working hours throughout Spain and have imposed a total of 4.7 million euros in fines.

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Acer launches a 16-inch ultraportable with 4K resolution

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The new Acer Swift Edge is presented as a new high-performance ultraportable, and despite everything it maintains a very contained weight. This computer comes configured with a Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U APU, a chip that can be configured with a Zen 3+ CPU and a Radeon 680M GPU based on RDNA2 architecture. The processor has 8 cores and 16 threads at 2.7 GHz base frequency and 4.7 GHz speed in turbo mode, and the GPU has 768 shaders.

Despite being a low power solution, that APU is capable of delivering an excellent level of performance, and its integrated GPU can outperform dedicated solutions like the NVIDIA MX450so it’s a really interesting APU. The memory configuration that Acer has used in this equipment impresses, since we have a total of 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory at 6,400 MHz in the most powerful version, which translates into high bandwidth.

The screen of the Acer Swift Edge is 16 inches, you can mount a OLED panel with 4K resolution capable of reproducing 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and is TUV RHEINLAND certified, indicating both high quality color reproduction and low blue light emissions. The rest of its specifications are completed with a 1 TB M.2 SSD with PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and a FullHD webcam.

The range of connectors that the Acer Swift Edge brings is up to the equipment, and we can highlight the presence of two USB 4 connectors, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, a 3.5 mm jack and an HDMI output. In its base configuration, this equipment weighs only 1.17 kilograms, its chassis is made of a magnesium aluminum alloy and offers a range of up to 7 and a half hours for each battery charge. Its price will be 1,200 euros in its base configuration.

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