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Latin America Jumps into the Parallel Universe Computing Challenge

Mike Bernhardt is the Community Evangelist for Intel’s Technical Computing Group

 

At our inaugural Parallel Universe Computing Challenge (PUCC) at SC13, we had no representatives from Latin America. That’s changed for the 2014 PUCC with the proposed participation of a team representing supercomputing interests in Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela.

Several of the team members are from the Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) in Bucaramanga, Colombia. UIS, a research university, is the home of the Super Computing and Scientific Computing lab that also provides HPC training for Latin American and Caribbean countries—which is why they were able to garner additional team members from universities in other countries.

The lab’s research is focused on such science and applied science areas as bioinformatics and computational chemistry, materials and corrosion, condensed matter physics, astronomy and astrophysics; and on computer science areas including visualization and cloud computing, modeling and simulation, scheduling and optimization, concurrency and parallelism, and energy-aware advanced computing.

 

We talked with team captain Gilberto Díaz, Infrastructure chief of the supercomputer center at UIS, about the team he was assembling.

Q: Why did the team from Latin America decide to participate in the PUCC?
A: We would like to promote and develop more widespread awareness and use of HPC in our region. In addition to the excitement of participating in the 2014 event, our participation will help us to prepare students of master and PhD programs to better understand the importance of code modernization as well as preparing them to compete in future competitions.

Q: How will your team prepare for the Intel PUCC?
A: All of us work in HPC and participate in scientific projects where we have the opportunity to develop our skills.

Q: What are the most prevalent high performance computing applications in which your team members are involved?
A: We are developers, therefore, we are most familiar with programming languages than specific applications (MPI, CUDA, OpenMP).

Q: SC14 is using the theme “HPC Matters” for the conference. Can you explain why “HPC Matters” to you?
A: HPC is a fundamental tool to face some challenging problems and solving them will represent a significant advance for humanity, for example, new drug development for disease treatment, high tech components for cars, planes, etc., weather simulations to understand how we are affecting the climate of the world, etc.

Q: What is the significance of your team name (“SC3”)?
A: Super Computing and Scientific Computing in Spanish is Super Computación y Calculo Cientifico, which is the name of the lab at the Universidad Industrial de Santander.

Q: Who are your team members?
A: We have six people in addition to myself so far:

  • Robinson Rivas, Professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) and director of the supercomputer center of UCV in Caracas
  • Carlos Barrios, Professor at Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) and director of the supercomputer center of UIS
  • Pedro Velho, Professor at Universidad Federal de Rio Grande del Sur in Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Alvaro de la Ossa, Professor at Universidad de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Jesus Verduzco, Professor at Instituto Politécnico de Colima in Colima, Mexico
  • Monica Hernandez, System Engineer and student in Master program at UIS

 

Learn more about the PUCC at SC14.

 

(Left to Right) Pedro Velho, Carlos Barrios, Robinson Rivas, Gilberto Díaz


Jesus Verduzco

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Part 3 – Transforming the Workplace: Driving Innovation with Technology

This is part 3 of my blog series about transforming the workplace. Be sure to start with part 1 and part 2, and look for future posts in the series.


Imagine how your day might look in the workplace of the future. Your computer knows your face (it’s how you log in); it responds to your gestures; and it knows your voice. You connect, dock, and charge your personal computing device by simply sitting there, without the need for any wires. Even better, your computer becomes the assistant you never had. That 11 a.m. client meeting on your calendar? There’s an accident blocking the fastest route, so you’ll need to leave 20 minutes earlier. You didn’t know this, but your PC figured it out and told you by making contextual insights into your schedule. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Between this future-state vision and where we are today lies a transformational journey. And it’s never easy. In my last blog, I discussed how the nature and style of work is changing to support the need to innovate with velocity. To achieve true transformation, companies must overcome many barriers to change, from the cultural and environmental to the technological. Here I want to take a closer look at some of the technological leaps that will make the transformation possible, both in terms of where we are now and where we’re going.

 

Supporting natural, immersive collaboration

We all know that social, mobile, analytics, and cloud (SMAC) has changed things. Because today’s workforce is distributed across sites, cities, and even countries, collaboration can be a real challenge—a scenario exacerbated with the advent of agile practices working across company boundaries.

 

Take a typical brainstorming session, for example. Using a whiteboard to sketch out ideas is key, but it has limitations for workers attending by phone. Someone either has to explain what’s on the whiteboard, copy the work into meeting notes, or take a photo of the whiteboard and e-mail it. Not to mention that the picture, possibly of your company’s “next great idea,” uploads to your favorite public cloud provider. And while videoconferencing would seem a likely alternative here, video quality can be lackluster at best.

 

Intel is taking an innovative approach to solve these challenges. Advanced collaboration technologies will let workers connect in an intuitive, natural way—whether it’s a global team, a small group, or a simple one-on-one session. Unified communications with HD audio and video (complete with live background masking) is already changing videoconferencing with a more lifelike experience. And workers can interact in real time using a shared, multitouch interactive whiteboard that spans devices, from tablets to projection screens and everything in between. The whiteboard is visible and accessible to all attendees in real time. And that digital business assistant? One day it could even use natural language voice recognition to automatically transcribe meeting notes and track actions!

 

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Boosting personal productivity

When it comes to productivity, the devil is in the details. And often those details translate into lost time, whether it’s a dead laptop battery or a password issue. Let’s say you forget your password and you can’t log in without IT assistance. It’s a drag on your time (and theirs), but it’s also interrupting workflow. Sharing work can also take longer than it should. We’ve all been there, in the conference room, stuck without the right adapter for the projector (“the thing that connects to the thing”). And if you can’t project, there’s not an easy way to share work.

 

Intel is making great strides to free workers from these burdens of computing by supporting existing workflows for maximum productivity.

  • A workplace without wiresbuilt-in wireless display now allows workers to connect automatically
  • “You are your password”
  • And getting back to that assistant … it will know you. Instead of having to tell your device everything, the reverse will be true. We foresee a day when your PC will know where you are, what you like, and what you need (like leaving early for that meeting). By anticipating your needs with proactive, contextual recommendations and powerful voice recognition, it will be able to streamline your day. And built-in theft protection will automatically measure proximity and motion to assess risk levels if you’re on the go.

 

Implementing facilities innovation

While we are “getting by” in today’s workspaces, they typically don’t meet the needs of a distributed workforce and can pose problems even for those working on site. It’s often a challenge to find a free conference room or, if one is available, the room itself is hard to find. I touched on videoconferencing earlier, but this is a place where the technology makes or breaks the deal. From poor quality audio and video to the wrong adapter, it all hampers workflow.

 

Intel is working to enable an integrated facilities experience through location-based services and embedded building intelligence. Location-based service capabilities on today’s PCs can help you find the resources you need based on current location, from people to conference rooms and printers. And like your PC will one day “know you,” so will the room, meaning it will automatically prepare for your meeting—connecting participants via video and distributing meeting notes. Immersive, high-quality audio and video will guarantee a natural, easy experience. And future installments of touch, gesture, and natural voice control will become more context aware, taking collaboration and productivity to the next level.

 

Moving forward

This perspective on the role of technology in driving workplace transformation can be seen in action by watching the Intel video, “The Near Future of Work.” Additionally, I’m currently working on a paper that will expand on Intel’s vision of workplace transformation, and I’ll let you know when it’s available.

However, while technology is a huge piece of the puzzle, there is so much more to it. True workplace transformation requires the right partnerships and culture change to be effective. For the next blog in this series, I’ll be taking a look at how to approach a strategy for workplace transformation and share key learnings from Intel’s own internal workplace program.

Meanwhile, please join the conversation and share your thoughts. And be sure to click over to the Intel® IT Center to find resources on the latest IT topics.

 

Until the next time …


Jim Henrys, Principal Strategist

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How Intel apps are helping small farmers boost crops—and incomes

This post was written by Intel employee Nisha Desai, a writer who enjoys finding, shaping, and sharing great stories about Intel’s technology and people. She also manages a team of graphics whizzes dedicated to internal communications. Nisha joined Intel in 2008 after majoring … Read more >

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Patient Care 2020: More Technology on the Way

 

The year 2020 seems far off, but is closer than you think. With the increasing use of technology in healthcare, and with patient empowerment growing each year with the advent of mobile devices, what will a clinician’s workday look like five years from now?


In the above video, we turn toward the future to show you how enabling technologies that exist today will transform the way clinicians treat their patients in 2020. Learn how wearable devices, sensors, rich digital collaboration, social media, and personalized medicine through genomics will be part of a clinician’s daily workflow as we enter the next decade.

 

Watch the short video and let us know what questions you have about the future of healthcare technology and where you think it’s headed.

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Keys To Building Your Own SaaS Security Playbook

As enterprise applications and data continues to move towards software as a service (SaaS), the need to evolve security controls and strategies has become increasingly apparent. New developments are now required to access and store data and applications. An evolving enterprise IT landscape calls for an evolving security strategy to keep pace with it.

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In a recent podcast, information security analyst, Jim Brennan, detailed how Intel’s development of a “SaaS Security Playbook” has given risk managers a foundation for running the same “plays.” By creating a guide for security stakeholders, your organization can ensure consistency in security strategy and responses.

 

The Right Security Framework

 

By adopting the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) security framework and security assurance levels of bronze, silver, gold, and platinum, businesses can identify and focus their limited security resources on the most sensitive parts of the business. The ODCA security framework also offers recommendations on the type of security assurances your business should require from providers at each tier. Additionally, it details requirements for access control, encryption, data masking, and more.

 

Know Thyself: Application Inventory & Insight

 

According to Brennan, one of the first steps toward creating a SaaS security playbook is to take stock of which services have been migrated to the cloud, and which are still hosted in-house. During this inventory process, your team should create documentation for all SaaS providers, tenants, and enterprise controls. By conducting a thorough inventory of existing services and their security controls, your team can take a holistic and informed approach to implementing appropriate security measures for the kinds of data and applications that are being hosted in the cloud.

 

Choosing The Right Partners

 

A huge part of a successful security strategy is to keep outside providers accountable. Since the ecosystem is still evolving, many SaaS products are still maturing. It’s important to carefully vet and scrutinize new providers before aligning with them. Security is an ongoing process — your security team should continually audit all SaaS providers and reassess risks associated with them.

 

Brennan anticipates a lot of consolidation in the SaaS space over the next five to 10 years, which is why he recommends signing short-term contracts with your providers. If your roadmaps no longer align, your IT organization should be able to quickly move from one provider to another.

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The Prickly Love Affair Between Users and Software

September has proven to be a big month for Apple. Blockbuster announcements were made to introduce the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay, and the Apple Watch.  Along with these major events came the debut of the iOS 8.0.1 update.


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Then came the failure of iOS 8.0.1.

 

The software update was plagued by furious customer complaints within minutes of its debut. Less than an hour after launch, Apple retracted the update with promises of mending the bugs that were causing slower download speeds, dropped calls, keyboard malfunctions, and overall sluggish performance. Thereafter, Apple had to coach its grumpy users through restoring their devices to the previous iOS.

 

The iOS 8 misstep begs the question: Are we ready to be governed by software that guides our daily lives?

 

Software is proliferating homes, enterprises, and virtually everything in between. It’s becoming a part of our routine anywhere we go, and when it works, it has the capacity to greatly enhance our quality of life. When it doesn’t work, things go awry almost immediately. For the enterprise, the ramifications of incapable software can resemble Apple’s recent debacle. Consumerization is not to be taken lightly — it’s changing how we exist as a species. It’s changing what we require to function.

 

Raj Rao, VP and global head of software quality practice for NTT Data, recently wrote an article for Wired in which he states, “Today many of us don’t really know how many software components are in our devices, what their names are, what their versions are, or who makes them and what their investment and commitment to quality is. We don’t know how often software changes in our devices, or what the change means.”

 

The general lack of knowledge on what software is used within a particular device — specifically how and why — inevitably leads to ineptitude for troubleshooting problems when they arise. While a constant evolution in software is necessary for innovation, one can expect continual troubleshooting for the new technology.

 

For enterprise software users, Rao had three tips for keeping everybody satisfied. First, users should be encouraged to stick with programs they regularly use and understand. Second, large OS ecosystems should adhere to very strict control standards in order to ensure quality. And third, global software development practices need to become a priority if we want to guarantee a prioritized UX.

 

The bond between humans and software is constantly intensifying. Now is the time to ensure the high quality of your own software systems. Do you have an iOS 8.0.1 situation waiting to happen?

 

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The Data Stack – September 2014 Intel® Chip Chat Podcast Round-up

September is always a busy month at Intel, and this year was no exception. Intel® Chip Chat hit the road with live episodes from the Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 launch. A plethora of partners and Intel reps discussed their products/platforms and what problems they’re using the Xeon processor to tackle. We were also live from the showcase of the Intel Developer Forum and will be archiving those episodes in the next few months, starting with an episode on software-defined storage. If you have a topic you’d like to see covered in an upcoming podcast, feel free to leave a comment on this post!

 

  • Data Center Telemetry – Intel® Chip Chat episode 331: Iddo Kadim, a marketing director in the Data Center Group at Intel, stops by to talk about data center telemetry – information you can read from the infrastructure (like thermal data and security states) to help manage workloads more efficiently. In the future, the orchestration layer will work with telemetry data to manage workloads automatically for a more flexible and efficient data center. For more information, visit www.intel.com/txt and www.intel.com/inteldcm.
  • The Intel® IoT Analytics Kit for Intelligent Data Analysis and Response – Intel® Chip Chat ep 332: Vin Sharma (@ciphr), the Director of Planning and Marketing for Hadoop at Intel chats about collecting and extracting value from data. The Intel® Galileo Development Kit’s hardware and software components allow users to build an end-to-end solution while the Intel® Internet of Things Analytics Kit provides a cloud-based data processing platform. For more information, visit www.intel.com/galileo.
  • The Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v3 Launch – Intel® Chip Chat episode 333: Dylan Larson, the Director of Server Platform Marketing at Intel, kicks off our podcasts from the launch of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3. This new generation of processors is the heart of the software-defined data center and offers versatile and energy-efficient performance while providing a foundation for security. Also launching are complementary storage and networking elements for a complete integration of capabilities. For more information, visit www.intel.com/xeon.
  • Optimizing for HPC with SGI’s ICE X Platform: Intel Xeon E5 v3 Launch – Intel® Chip Chat ep 334: Bill Mannel, the General Manager with the Compute and Storage Product Division at SGI, stops by to talk about SGI’s ICE* X platform featuring the recently-launched Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3. The ICE X blade is specifically optimized to provide higher levels of performance, scalability, and flexibility for HPC customers. For more information, visit www.sgi.com/products/servers.
  • Increased App Performance with Dell PowerEdge: Intel Xeon E5 v3 Launch – Intel® Chip Chat ep 335: Brian Payne, Executive Director of PowerEdge Product Management at Dell, chats about the Dell PowerEdge* 13G server line featuring the recently-launched Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3. Flash server integration into the PowerEdge 13G is delivering immense increases in application and database performance to help customers meet workload requirements and adapt to new scale-out infrastructure models. For more information, visit www.dell.com.
  • Next-Gen Ethernet Controllers for SDI: Intel Xeon E5 v3 Launch – Intel® Chip Chat ep 336: Brian Johnson, Solutions Architect for Ethernet Products at Intel, discusses the release of the Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710. With the ability to achieve 40 Gbps speeds, the XL710 is architected for the next generation of SDI and virtualized cloud environments, as well as network functions virtualization in the telco industry. For more information, visit www.intel.com/go/ethernet.
  • The Reliable and High Performing Oracle Sun Server: Intel Xeon E5 v3 Launch – Chip Chat ep 337: Subban Raghunathan, the Director of Product Management of x86 Servers at Oracle, stops by to discuss the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 launch and how Oracle’s optimized hardware and software in the Sun* Server product line has enabled massive performance gains. Deeper integration of flash technology drives increased reliability, performance, and solutions scalability and in-memory database technology delivers real-time caching of application data, which is a game changer for the enterprise. For more information, visit http://www.oracle.com/us/products/servers/overview/index.html.
  • Supermicro Platforms for Increased Perf/Watt: Intel Xeon E5 v3 Launch – Intel® Chip Chat ep 338: Charles Liang, Founder, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board and Don Clegg, VP of Marketing and Business for Supermico discuss how the company has launched more than 50 platform designs optimized for the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3. Supermicro provides solutions for data center, cloud computing, enterprise IT, Hadoop/big data, HPC and embedded systems worldwide and focuses on delivering increased performance per watt, performance per square foot, and performance per dollar. For more information, visit www.supermicro.com.
  • The New Flexible Lenovo ThinkServer Portfolio: Intel Xeon E5 v3 Launch – Intel® Chip Chat ep 339: Justin Bandholz, a Portfolio Manager at Lenovo, stops by to announce the launch of a portfolio of products based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3, including a premier 2-socket 1 and 2U rack servers, the ThinkServer* RD550 and ThinkServer RD650, as well as a 2-socket ThinkServer TD350 tower server. New fabric and storage technologies in the product portfolio are providing breakthroughs in flexibility for configuration of systems to suit customer workload needs. For more information, visit http://www.lenovo.com/servers.
  • Improving Network Security and Efficiency: Intel Xeon E5 v3 Launch – Intel® Chip Chat ep 340: Jeni Panhorst, Senior Product Line Manager at Intel, stops by to talk about the launch of the Intel® Communications Chipset 8900 series with Intel® QuickAssist Technology, which delivers cryptography and compression acceleration that benefits a number of applications. Use cases for the new chipset include securing back-end network ciphers to improve efficiency of equipment while delivering real-time cryptographic performance requirements, as well as network optimization – compressing data in the flow of traffic across a WAN. For more information, visit www.intel.com.
  • System Innovation with Colfax: Intel Xeon E5 v3 Launch – Intel® Chip Chat ep 341: Gautam Shah, the CEO of Colfax International, chats about how the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 is a complete solution stack upgrade, including processor, networking and storage components, which allows customers to tackle problems they haven’t previously been able to solve cost-effectively (or at all). Colfax is delivering solutions with increased DDR4 memory, 12gb/s SAS, integrated SSDs, and networking solutions, which offer a great leap in system innovation. For more information, visit www.colfaxinternational.com or email sales@colfaxinternational.com with any questions.
  • Increased Data Center Security, Efficiency and Reliability with IBM – Intel® Chip Chat episode 342: Brian Connors, the VP of Global Product Development and Lab Services at IBM, stops by to talk about the launch of the company’s new M5 line of towers, racks and NeXtScale systems based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3. The systems have been designed for increased security (Trusted Platform Assurance and Enterprise Data Protection), efficiency and reliability and offer dramatic performance improvements over previous generations. For more information, visit www.ibm.com.
  • Innovations in VM Management with Hitachi: The Intel Xeon E5 v3 Launch – Intel® Chip Chat ep 343: Roberto Basilio, the VP of Storage Product Management at Hitachi Data Systems, discusses the launch of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 and, in particular, how virtual machine control structure (VMCS) shadowing is innovating virtual machine management in the cloud. Shadowing improves the performance of Nested Virtualization and reduces latency and improves energy efficiency. For more information, visit http://www.hds.com/products/hitachi-unified-compute-platform/.
  • Re-architecting the Data Center with HP ProLiant Gen 9: Intel Xeon E5 v3 – Intel® Chip Chat ep 344: Peter Evans, a VP & Marketing Executive in HP’s Server Division, chats about the ProLiant* Generation 9 platform refresh, the foundation of which is the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3. The ProLiant Gen9 platform is driving advancements in performance, time to service, and optimization for addressing the explosion of data and devices in the new data center. For more information, visit www.hp.com/go/compute.
  • Software Defined Storage for Hyper-Convergence – Intel® Chip Chat episode 345: In this archive of a livecast from the Intel Developer Forum, Yoram Novick (Founder and CEO) and Carolyn Crandell (VP of Marketing) from Maxta discuss hyper-convergence and enabling SDI via the company’s software defined storage solutions. The recently announced MaxDeploy reference architecture, built on Intel® Server Boards, provides customers the ability to purchase a whole box (hardware and software) for a more simple and cost-effective solution than legacy infrastructure. For more information, visit www.maxta.com.
  • Modernizing Code for Dramatic Performance Improvements – Intel® Chip Chat episode 346: Mike Bernhardt, the Community Evangelist for HPC and Technical Computing at Intel, stops by to talk about the importance of code modernization as we move into multi- and many-core systems in the HPC field. Markets as diverse as oil and gas, financial services, and health and life sciences can see a dramatic performance improvement in their code through parallelization. Mike also discusses last year’s Parallel Universe Computing Challenge and its return at SC14 in November – $26,000 towards a charitable organization is on the line for the winning team. For more information about the PUCC, visit intel.ly/SC14 and for more on Intel and HPC, visit www.intel.com/hpc.

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Accelerating the Adoption of Web Technologies in the Automotive Industry

The mass market for self-driving vehicles hasn’t yet arrived. But as automakers continue to integrate in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), and race down the path toward autonomous driving, there is no doubt that automotive cockpits are becoming increasingly defined by software. Data … Read more >

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How does business recover from a large-scale cyber security disaster?

Corporations need to get three things right in cyberspace: protect their valuable information, ensure that business operations continue during disturbances and maintain their reputation as trustworthy. These goals support one another and enable successful utilization of the digital world. Yet due to its dynamic nature there is no absolute security in cyberspace. What to do when something goes wrong? The best way to survive from a blast is to prepare for it in advance.

 

Cyber security requires transformed security thinking. Security should not be seen as an end-state once achieved through tailored investment in technology but as an on-going process that needs to adapt to changes in the environment. Effective security production is agile and innovative. It aligns cyber security with the overall business process so that the former supports the latter. When maintaining cyber security is seen as one of the corporation’s core managerial functions, its importance is raised to the correct level. Not only IT-managers and -officers need to understand cyberspace and realize how it relates to their areas of responsibility.

 

Integration of cyber security point of view in business process can be done, for example, via constructing and executing a specific cyber strategy for the corporation. This should start with enablement and consider opportunities that the corporation wishes to take advantage of in the digital world. It should also recognize threats in cyberspace and designate how these are counteracted. The strategy process should be led by the highest managerial level yet be responsive to ideas and feedback from both operational and technical levels of execution. Thus the entire organization will be committed to the strategy and feel it has an ownership in it. Moreover, the strategy will be realistic without attempting to reach unachievable goals or utilize processes which construction is technically impossible.

 

It is a common practice for corporations to do business continuity planning. However, operations in the digital world are not always included in this – regardless of the acknowledged dependency on cyberspace that characterizes modern business. There seems to be a strong belief in bits; that they won’t let us down. The importance of plan B is often neglected and the ability to operate without functioning cyberspace is lost. What should be in the plan B – which is an essential building block in cyber strategy – is the guidelines for partners, managers and employees in case of a security breach or a large cyber security incident. What to do; whom to inform; how to address the issue in public?

 

The plan B should include enhanced intrusion detection, adequate responses to security incidents and a communication strategy. Whom to inform, at what level of details and in which stage of the recovery process? Too little communication may give the impression that the corporation is trying to hide something or isn’t up-to-date with its responsibilities. Too much communication in too early stage of the mitigation and restoration process may lead to panic or exaggerated loss estimations. In both cases the reputation of the corporation suffers. Openness and correct timing are the key words here.

 

A resilient corporation is able to continue its business operations even when the digital world does not function the way it is supposed to. Digital services may be scaled down without customer experience suffering from it too much. Effective detection of both breaches and associated losses and fast restoration of services do not only serve the corporation’s immediate business goals but also enable projecting good cyber security. Admitting that there are problems but simultaneously demonstrating that necessary security measures are being taken is essential throughout the recovery period. So is honest communication to stakeholders at the right level of details.

 

Without adequate strategy work and its execution trust felt towards the corporation and its digital operations is easily lost. Without trust it is difficult to find to partners to cyber dependent business operations and customers turn away from the corporation’s digital offerings. Trust is the most valuable asset in cyberspace.

 

Planning in advance and building a resilient business entity safeguard corporations from digital disasters. In case such a thing has already happened it is important to speak up, demonstrate that lessons have been learned and show what is being done differently from now. The corporation must listen to those who have suffered and carry out its responsibilities. Only this way can market trust be restored.

 

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Breaking Down Battery Life

Many consumer devices have become almost exclusively portable. As we rely more and more on our tablets, laptops, 2-in-1s, and smartphones, we expect more and more out of our devices’ batteries. The good news is, we’re getting there. As our devices evolve, so do the batteries that power them. However, efficient batteries are only one component of a device’s battery life. Displays, processors, radios, and peripherals all play a key role in determining how long your phone or tablet will stay powered.

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Processing Power

Surprisingly, the most powerful processors can also be the most power-friendly. By quickly completing computationally intensive jobs, full-power processors like the Intel Core™ i5 processor can return to a lower power state faster than many so-called “power-efficient” processors. While it may seem counterintuitive at first glance, laptops and mobile devices armed with these full-powered processors can have battery lives that exceed those of smaller devices. Additionally, chip makers like Intel work closely with operating system developers like Google and Microsoft in order to optimize processors to work seamlessly and efficiently.


Display

One of the biggest power draws on your device is your display. Bright LCD screens require quite a bit of power when fully lighted. As screens evolve to contain more and more pixels, battery manufacturers have tried to keep up. The growing demand for crisp high-definition displays makes it even more crucial for companies to find new avenues for power efficiency.

 

Radios

Almost all consumer electronic devices being produced today have the capacity to connect to an array of networks. LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS — all of these acronyms pertain to some form of radio in your mobile phone or tablet, and ultimately mean varying levels of battery drain. As the methods of wireless data transfer have evolved, the amount of power required for these data transfers has changed. For example, trying to download a large file using a device equipped with older wireless technology may actually drain your battery faster than downloading the same file using a faster wireless technology. Faster downloads mean your device can stay at rest more often, which equals longer battery life.

 

Storage

It’s becoming more and more common for new devices to come equipped with solid-state drives (SSD) rather than hard-disk drives (HDD). By the nature of the technology, HDDs can use up to 3x the power of SSDs, and have significantly slower data transfer rates.

 

These represent just a few things you should evaluate before purchasing your next laptop, tablet, 2-in-1, or smartphone. For more information on what goes into evaluating a device’s battery life, check out this white paper. To join the conversation on Twitter, please follow us at @IntelITCenter or use #ITCenter

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Dishing up Some SMAC Talk

I have been a huge proponent of social media and social networking for the past few years. It’s been an interesting to see how social networking, once reserved for friends and family, has made its way into the enterprise workplace. Individuals are now more mobile and have a range of choices for what device(s) they utilize for any given task. There is more data than ever before, and a desire to turn those bits of information into insights and actions. And the cloud has created new opportunities to deliver applications, services, and value.

 

The combination of these transformative trends is known as SMAC: social, mobile, analytics, and cloud. And it’s the result of the increasing consumerization of IT, with users demanding the devices and capabilities they enjoy at home.

 

Intel IT has embraced the SMAC model with fervor. It’s a great way to give Intel employees the information and services they want, no matter where they are or what device they are using. And helps IT continually improve the speed and efficiency of resource and service delivery.

 

You can find out more about our SMAC model from Intel Vice President and General Manager of IT, David Aires, and how he and his team are moving to the leading edge of change in the Intel IT Business Review.

 

http://itbusinessreview.intel.com/leading-it/110-moving-to-the-leading-edge-of-the-change-wave

 

Here are a few examples of the progress made by David and his team:

 

  • Intel IT distributed nearly 14,000 touch-enabled Ultrabooks to our workforce in 2013 to give users a lighter, more mobile computing platform than PCs and laptops.

 

  • Intel IT implemented a BYOD program two years ago, and a majority of the 45,000 mobile devices at Intel are now employee-owned.

 

  • The increase in mobile devices has upped the demand for mobile apps. They developed 57 enterprise mobile apps in 2013 alone, and have delivered 123 mobile apps to the Intel workforce since 2011.

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  • To increase IT agility and efficiency, they have virtualized more than 80 percent of Intel’s infrastructure and are delivering more services through IT’s internal cloud.

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These changes aren’t just good for our employees. They are also good for business. By adopting and promoting SMAC, this Intel IT team is boosting productivity, keeping costs down, and staying in front of industry trends.

 

To learn more how this team is delivering operational excellence, increasing employee productivity, reducing costs, and deploying new technologies raises expectations of IT, download the Intel IT Business Review mobile app. http://itbusinessreview.intel.com/

 

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Download the Intel IT Business Review mobile app to see how we are putting the latest technology trends to use.

 

And perhaps we can engage in some friendly “SMAC talk.”  Follow me on Twitter: @davidlaires #IntelIT

 

David Aires

General Manager of Operations

Intel Information Technology

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