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Being strong believers in communication and information and that knowledge is the Mother of all Good, the more you know, the better, and so on, we at J&P try to catch and pass along relevant news as these happen, that can benefit us all in our professional as well as personal activities.


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:: Power & Energy<top>

These energy efforts are hot, hot, hot

POWER & ENERGY. Network World, 10/06/06 (p12,16)

"As heat, power and cooling rise to the top of the list of concerns for data center managers, there are a growing number of initiatives aimed at helping enterprises reduce electricity consumption and increase efficiency of their technology infrastructures." more

"What follows are some recent initiatives that IT managers should be watching:

  1. 80 Plus - utility-funded program, provides incentives to manufacturers to use more energy efficient power supplies into desktop computers and servers. (page 1)
  2. ASHRAE Standards- some 87 standards, uniform methods of testing equipment for rating purposes; recommended practices in designing and installing equipment; indoor air quality, thermal and energy conservation; and recommend the safe use of refrigerants. (page 2)
  3. Fault Tolerant Power Compliance Specifications and Cooling Compatibility Specification, The Uptime Institute, computers that receive AC input from two AC power sources; provide fault-tolerant operation; computer or communications equipment; maintaining a consistent internal temperature regardless; (page 3)
  4. Google PSU Standard, (12VDC) - Google, working with Intel; proposal for a new 12-volt standard for power supplies that support PCs and low-end servers, eliminating today's multivoltage power supply units (PSU), which Google says provide too much power and waste 30% to 45% of their energy. By using Google's proposed standard, which the search engine giant uses internally to cut costs, enterprises could reduce energy waste to just 10%, Google says." (page 4)
  5. The Green Grid, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), HP, IBM, Sun, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Alliance to Save Energy; aims to collect best practices in data center operation, construction and design, and issue recommendations for energy-efficient IT. (page 5)
  6. House of Representatives Bill H.R. 5646 (Google't); To study and promote the use of energy-efficient servers, calls for EPA to submit a study of the growth and energy consumption of data centers, study will include an analysis of growth trends and server utilization, the migration to energy-efficient processors, potential cost saving available through adopting energy-efficient servers and data centers, and the impact on existing energy grids, as well as recommendations on incentives offered for using energy-efficient servers and data centers. (page 6)
  7. National Fire Protection Standards, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Description: The NFPA has more than 300 codes and standards that minimize the risks and effect of fires. (page 7)

  8. Server energy measurement protocol (PDF) - EPA with vendors and researchers, including AMD, Dell, HP, IBM and Sun, to create energy-efficiency measurement guidelines for buyers to use when purchasing low-end (1U and 2U) servers. (page 8)

Sun to unveil data center in a box

ZD Tech Update 2006-10-17

Today Sun unveiled "Project Blackbox," which tucks several racks of computing gear, along with the necessary power and cooling equipment, into a standard shipping container 8 feet wide, 8 feet tall and 20 feet long. Due for release next summer, the data center in a box is aimed at companies running out of space, power and cooling in their data centers. more

Is There a Power Electronics Technology Roadmap in Our Future?

Electronic Design, October 4, 2006, ED Online ID #13692

"Will a Power Electronics Technology Roadmap ever become a reality? There have been several workshops and efforts made toward producing such a roadmap, but so far there has been more talk than progress. The need exists, but the more salient question is whether the manpower and expertise are available to produce such a document." more

Best Practices for Hurricane Evacuation and Remote Operations

(Remote Magazine, June/July 2006, p20-22) NOT found online at Remote's web but The Perfect Storm Platform is almost identical (same authors - Michael Chmilewski and Stan DeVries).


Power Snippets


:: Communication (Tele/Data) :: <top>

Sneak Peek At Cellphone Future

TECHNOLOGY. (IEEE Spectrum, June 2006, p15)
DoCoMo demonstrates wireless transmission at 2.5 gigabits per second.

"The launch of third-generation cellphone systems nearly five years ago promised to transform the speech-and-message handset into an exciting multimedia tool. It is a promise largely unfulfilled, mainly because bandwidths have been limited to between 384 kilobits per second and 2 megabits per second at best. But network operators are looking ahead—admittedly rather far ahead—to get things right with next-generation (4G) technology: it will be an all-packet service that integrates voice and data transmitted at high speeds and capacities" more...

microwave journalThe Current State of Technology and Future Trends in Wireless Communications and Applications

COMMUNICATION (TELE/DATA). (Microwave Journal, September 2006, p22-38) In-depth analysis and overview of the rapid changes occurring in the area of wireless communications, particularly in the wireless mobile device market more (technical article)

T-Mobile Plans Major Cellular Upgrade To 3G

COMMUNICATION (TELE/DATA). (InformationWeek, Oct 16, 2006,p54) After spending billions to buy additional radio spectrum, the No. 4 cellular carrier plans to revamp its network to better compete with larger rivals. T-Mobile USA paid $4.2 billion for additional radio spectrum in a recent federal auction, and the cellular company plans to spend billions more to upgrade its network to take advantage of the greater bandwidth. more

WiMAX Focus

Sprint's Next Leap in Wireless: WiMax

COMMUNICATION (TELE/DATA). (CIO Magazine, Oct 1, 2006) Sprint Nextel has given WiMax technology a green light, becoming the first major U.S. carrier to back WiMax for its fourth-generation (4G) wireless data network. Sprint, the third-largest U.S. mobile operator, plans to start rolling out the WiMax network in late 2007 and hopes to reach as many as 100 million people with the service by the end of 2008. Offering downstream speeds of 2Mbps to 4Mbps, WiMax promises new power for bandwidth-hungry applications like mobile videoconferencing and large enterprise file transfers. ... The 4G service will complement Sprint Nextel's 3G EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) services, executives say. ... WiMax service prices will meet Sprint's frequently stated goal of offering 1GB of data per month for less than $20: "We are significantly south of that," West says. ... full article

New WiMAX products raise stakes in 4G Battle

COMMUNICATION (TELE/DATA). (Network World, 10.16.06, p10) Report from WiMAX World 2006 trade show. "Over 4,500 attendees and 140+ exhibitors participated." - not too bad considering there were only a handful exhibitors at CTIA a few years back showing WiMAX gears.

WiMAX expected growth

Product Introductions Set The Stage for WiMax

COMMUNICATION (TELE/DATA). (InformationWeek, Oct 16, 2006,p34) Major vendors like Intel, Motorola, Nokia, and Nortel show off gear for service providers and consumers more
Motorola ... consumer market, wireless modems connect to a computer and a WiMax service provider, should be available early next year. Sprint, which plans to spend up to $3 billion over the next two years to build its WiMax network, is the only major U.S. carrier that has announced plans to sell Motorola's WiMax cell phones and smartphones. Nokia introduced Flexi WiMax base station for service providers. The first version operate in the 2.5-GHz band, used in the United States, available at the end of next year; base stations operating in 3.5-GHz band will be available in 2008. Nokia also plans to introduce WiMax-enabled mobile phones in 2008. Nortel rolled out a portfolio of mobile WiMax technologies for service providers, including base station transceivers, network gateways, antennas, mobile subscriber stations, and management systems. And Intel, the world's largest chipmaker and a strong WiMax proponent, introduced a hardware and software package to let telecom equipment makers incorporate WiMax into their wireless base stations.

Analysts predict that millions will use WiMax to gain a wireless broadband Internet connection by the end of the decade if service providers start adding the technology to their networks. The introduction of WiMax equipment from major telecom vendors last week is a big step in that direction.

Ready For WiMAX?

COMMUNICATION (TELE/DATA). (Electronic Design 09.14.06, p44-55) - more in-depth and technical including frequencies, network details, as well as products, players. more

More Communications... Head Lines


The Protocol Supremacy (CIO Magazine , October 1, 2006, p76-83)
"The Internet's new communication technology, IPv6, is coming—whether CIOs are ready or not. But being ready could save you millions and reduce security risks." more


:: Research & Development <top>

EU Speeds Towards Embedded Systems Design

COMMUNICATION (TELE/DATA). (Microwave Journal, September 2006, p45), European Union’s 6th Framework Programme for funding technology and scientific projects, new embedded systems initiative called Speculative and Exploratory Design in Systems Engineering (SPEEDS) has been established. ... to define a standard, end-to-end framework for the implementation of innovative, next generation concepts, methodologies, processes, technologies and tools for the design of embedded systems. more


The Ten Commandments of Project Management

They'll lead your company to the promised land of project-based culture.
"October 02, 2006 (Computerworld) -- In our increasingly project-centric world, the productivity to be gained by good project management is far too promising to ignore. But for most companies, shifting to a project-oriented management structure represents great change, and people resist change, regardless of the benefits that it may bring. Rules and guidelines are needed, so I’ve devised these commandments. By following them, your company can position itself to enter the promised land of project-based culture." more

DEVELOPMENT - HARDWARE, the analog/digital divide

POINT oF VIEW High-Speed, High-Performance, High-Voltage Technologies Converged (Electronic Design, Sep 28, 2006, p20)

"Functionality is converging on platform devices as they become our primary conduits for voice, data, and video. This increase in functionality drives the need for more integration in both digital and analog ICs." ... "By separating analog and digital functions, each can be optimally scaled to realize the lowest system cost. Digital circuits are scaled by reducing line widths, while analog circuits are scaled by increasing the density of passive elements such as inductors and capacitors." more


PRODUCT RELEASE RollOut: Adobe's Flex 2.0 - Ajax for the Masses (Network Computing, Sep 14, 2006, p38,40)

Flex uses the ubiquity of the Flash player to make development accessible and resolve incompatibility with older browsers. more


:: The Human Resources Corner <top>

CAREERWATCH. What hiring managers are looking for (NOT found online; ComputerWorld, October 9, 2006, p54)

Likelihood to fit bar 73%
Interviews bar 70%
Willingness to learn bar 69%
Likability bar 63%
Skills bar 62%
Knowledge of the organization bar 20%
Diversity bar 19%
Testing bar15%

The Generation Y work force

(eWeek September 4, 2006, p31) Generation Y for Dummies online. Called everything from the MyPods to the Baby Boomlets to the Boomerang Generation, they're quickly filling the department ranks. Five reasons why they're different and why you should care:

  • View of work as just a job and not a career
  • More job hopping than in any previous generation
  • Greater demand for work-life balance and job flexibiity
  • Focus on end products, not processes
  • Expection of an open workplace where views can be heard without fear of retribution

(Gen Y: From (1976-1982) to (1995-2001).)


:: IT - Information Technology <top>

15 World-Widening Years

InformationWeek, Sep 18, 2006, p41-49. It's easy to forget that we world as we know it today with Internet and The Web didn't exist 1990(!). In 1991, the Web was just a gleam in a few people's eyes. Today it's driving communications, research, business, and life everywhere. How did we get here, and what's next? more

(Editor's personal reflection: Remembers back to the '70s when I started learning programming Basic on a IBM5100 mini computer, the Swedish-designed ABC80 end of '70s, started teaching computers and programming, my first Mac (1984), starting my first company (1987, consulting in software development), buying a Mac in 1989 for 100 000 Swedish Crowns (incl vat; more than 14 000 in today's US Dollars, yeah - the company did well), building a super computer in 1996 (DEC Alpha-based), the many years of reliable computing on UNIX, Linux, and Mac platforms, the constant - and even increasing - struggle with Windows (How many patches did you download the last month?), the joy when Mac OS X was released in 2001 - combining a user-friendly Mac GUI w/ a stable UNIX core. Today J&P Group runs a variety of platforms including Mac OS X, Linux, and MS Windows for development, measurements, statistics, testing.


Which New Browser Is Best: Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7, or Opera 9?

(directly to comparison chart, PCMag]. WikiPedia on Firefox - the editors prefered choice.


SwedeTeamTechnicalities - About this News Letter <top>

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