Category : Desktop

200 petaflop supercomputer from IBM – coming early 2018



The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expected to take delivery of a new IBM system, Summit, in early 2018. Summit will be capable of 200 peak petaflops, making it twice as fast as Sunway TaihuLight, China’s new system announced this past Monday. As of now, TaihuLight is listed in the TOP 500 list of fastest supercomputers in world. TaihuLight packs a Linpack benchmark score of 93 petaflops and a claimed peak of 124.5 petaflops. Linpack benchmark has become the perferred yardstick for measuring performance of supercomputers, as it doesn’t record overall performance but rather performance of the system when solving dense systems of linear equations. This gives the best approximation of real-world performance. The Summit however, will emply IBM power 9 and Nvidia Volta GPUs. Using about 3,400 nodes, Summit will deliver five times the computational performance of Titan’s 18,688 nodes. Over half a terabyte of coherent memory in each node, as well as 800GB of non-volatile RAM, serving as a burst buffer or extended memory.  Cray also announced this week that it’s XC systems are now available with the latest Intel Xeon Phi (Knights Landing) processors. The XC systems should deliver a 100% performance boost over prior generations, with an adaptive design that supports multiple processor and storage technologies in the same architecture. Cray also revealed the Sonexion 3000 Lustre storage system, which will deliver speeds of almost 100 GB/sec in a single rack.




If you would like to educate yourself in more detail about the information presented in this blog post please visit: IBM to deliver 200-petaflop supercomputer by early 2018; Cray moves to Intel Xeon Phi

New Small Business PC Lineup Released by HP

New all-in-ones, desktops, and laptops will be launching soon from HP’s small business lineup. The HP ProOne 400 G2 is a slim, 20 inch PC that includes a new adaptable easel stand that is height adjustable. It bears a 10-point capacitive touch panel and can be configured with the 6th Generation Intel Core processors. The all-in-one also encompasses BIOS-level security features, allowing automatic detection and recovery from BIOS corruption or attacks.  The ProOne 400 G2 will be available in October starting at $649.

As for desktop space, the new ProDesk 400 series was unveiled, featuring desktops of assorted sizes including the 400 G2 Mini, the 400 G3 Small Form Factor (SFF), and the 400 G2 Microtower, all of which can also be configured with the 6th Generation Intel Core processors and DDR4 RAM. They will all feature BIOS-level security too as well as a new standard serial port, a VGA port, and DisplayPort. The ProDesk 400 Mini and Microtower will be available in October starting at $479. The SFF will be released later in 2015 starting at $549.

Lastly, the Probook 400 G3 series of business laptops focus on an airy design with 13-, 14-, 15-, and 17- inch laptops that are thinner and lighter than the previous generation.  Configuration options range from the Intel Corimagese i3 to Intel i7 processors, up to 16 GB of memory, and as much as 1 TB of storage space.  No pricing information has been released thus far, but the Probook 430 G3, 440 G3, 450 G3, and the 455 G3 are expected to launch this month. Premium features include touch displays, an aluminum reinforced, spill resistant keyboard, and soft touch Gravity Black Finish.

Top Ten Best Desktop Computers – Highest Rated Desktop Computers in 2015 | BVA IT Consulting Blog

The prices of trendy tablets are within the same range of Desktops; however, there’s no question that desktops are still very much needed to get substantial work done. Processing a word document, working on a spreadsheet, or other moderate computing duties are too unsuitable for tablets. If you want to get back to basics you can find a desktop for as low as $200 without a monitor. The affordability is due to the fact that these systems contain just the essential components to run. Although for a little more you can purchase a budget system or a compact mini PC for around $500, an option that would be good if you would just a like a PC that you can comfortably surf the web, connect to your TV, as well as get your work done. One of the drawbacks to cheaper desktop PC’s are bloatware, preinstalled applications that may clutter up your space.

For a mid-range desktop PC, you should be able to find a desktop with a multi-core CPU. You’ll be able to find an Intel Pentium or AMD Athlon processor at this price, but you’ll discover that the more powerful Intel Core i3/i5 or AMD A4/A6 processors have more capabilities. These come along with hard drives encompassing substantial capacity, 500 GB or more, and the SSD and SSD/HDD combos will accelerate your work.

For multimedia and gaming, consider a PC with a quad-core processor or a high speed dual-core processor and no less than 8GB of memory. The Intel Core i5/i7 and AMD’s A6/A8/A10 and the FX-series chips are the CPUs to look at when considering multimedia capabilities.

As for an all-in-one PC, the Apple iMac is a fashionable leader, but the Acer Aspire, the Dell Inspiron and XPS, the HP Envy and Pavilion PCs, the MSI AG and the Lenovo IdeaCentre series definitely merit some attention. Here is a list of the top ten desktops of 2015:


Acer Aspire ATC-605-UB11lenovo-c460-desktop

Acer Chromebox CXI-i38GKM

Acer Revo One (RL85-UR45)

Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display

Dell Optiplex 9020 Micro

Dell Precision Tower 5810

Falcon Northwest Tiki (2015)

HP Z840 Workstation

Lenovo B50

Lenovo C640







Easy Reinstall – Windows 8

Windows 8 – Easy Reinstall
Reinstalling Windows used to be a pain because you had to find all your cd’s, dvd’s, product keys and whatever backups you have of your software and or data. Simply re-installing and getting operational again could easily take you more than a day. Windows 8 has streamlined the whole process, making it much easier for you, in less time as well.

First go to the Change PC Settings link from the Settings page. Under the General Tab, you’ll find you can “Refresh your PC” or “Remove everything.” Select the first option to restore Windows to its factory setting while leaving your personal documents, files and personalizations intact. If Windows is running sluggishly, or there’s a problem with the OS settings, or something has gone wrong with your hardware/software setup, then this is the choice to go for.

Using the second option performs a full reinstall, clearing out all your files and wiping the hard drive (so you’ll need to make sure you have everything backed up). Use this when you have a serious problem with Windows (such as a virus or a ton of spyware) and want to go back to square one.

LogMeIn App for the iPhone

LogMeIn is an application many of use to remotely access our computers either home or at work. Did you know that there’s an app for that as well that you can use on your iPhone or iPad? The app works the same way as the desktop application. You can use the free version called LogMeIn or the paid version called Ignition.

Key features of LogMeIn:• Access your home and work computers on the go.
• Control your Mac or PC as if you’re sitting right in front of it.
• Get to your computer files and edit them from your iPad or iPhone.
• Remotely run any application on your computer from your iPad or iPhone.
• Fix computer problems remotely for business or personal IT.

Key features of Ignition:
• Remote access to all your computers, files and applications
• File manager for transferring files remotely and saving files to your device
• Wake-On-Lan for waking a sleeping computer remotely
• Print to AirPrint-compatible printers
• Attach files to emails directly from Ignition
• Photo management for transferring photos from/to photo library
• HD video and sound streaming from your remote computer to your mobile device (available for Windows, Mac coming soon)
• My Cloud Bank integration that links Ignition with popular cloud services

Office 365 Will Include 2013 Product Versions- Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office

The Office 365 update that includes the 2013 product versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, and Office will be available February 27th.  This is a fundamental shift in our business that began several years ago and continues today with the release of Office 365 Home Premium. This is a brand new Office never experienced before.  For the first time, consumers can subscribe to Office as a service instead of purchasing Office as a piece of software to install. The new Office subscription is an entirely new way to think about the productivity experience with entirely new benefits.

Office 365 Home Premium subscribers receive all the full-featured Office applications they know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits built in. One subscription can run the service on up to five devices, all for just $99.99 a year. People will love instant access to all their documents and settings across their devices and how Office takes full advantage of the new Windows 8 touch interface. They’ll love staying connected to the people and information they care about. And they’ll love having the latest version of Office at all times because it simply updates without the hassle of purchasing and upgrading to a new version.   Smaller businesses are also choosing Office 365 at a rapid pace, with a 150 percent increase in the number of small and medium-sized businesses using the service over the past 12 months. These businesses will get to enjoy the new Office 365 service for businesses beginning Feb. 27.

Air Display – User your IPad as a Second Monitor

As more and more users become mobile the need for mulitple screens on the road has become invaluable. Now if you have an iPad, using wifi, you can use it as a second monitor with your laptop.

You’ll have to install the app on your ipad for $9.99 as well and download and install the app on your laptop.

Key features:
– An instant second monitor
– Touch your desktop
– Display it the way you want (ie Landscape or Portrait)
– No wires needed

Bins – Folders for the taskbar.

When users work on their workstations, some have trouble keeping the clutter off the desktop, some keep an icon for every application on their machine in their taskbar dock. 1UP Industries has developed a new solution called Bins that’s provides folders for the task bar. The cost of the solution is $4.99 and here’s some more information on the product:


Restore sanity to your Windows 7 taskbar

Combine related icons on your Windows 7 taskbar with Bins™.
Reduce clutter, and get at your programs quickly.
Super easy

Create a Bins container by dragging one taskbar icon on top of another, and dropping into the bubble that appears. Ungroup icons by dragging the icon back to the taskbar. No need to open a settings screen; Bins is simple and intuitive.
Instantly accessible

Once combined, your icons will appear instantly when you mouse over a group’s icon, for launching or for window-management. Move your mouse away and Bins will tuck back into the taskbar.
Pin files and folders to your taskbar

Want a favorite folder or document more easily on hand? Bins allows you to pin any file or folder to your taskbar natively.
Bins also allows you to add spacers to your taskbar, as well as a fully functional Recycle Bin.

Check out the solution at

Ultramon – A taskbar on every screen

Ultramon is a piece of software that allows users who have multiple screens to have a taskbar on each screen they are using. This becomes particularly handy when your are working with mulitple application as it allows you to see what screen the application is opened on, rather than trying to tab thru it or clicking until you find it.

With Ultramon you can:
– You can move applications from one screen to another with a click of a button
– You can easily manage more applications so that they are not all on one task bar
– You can have a different wallpaper on each screen
– Easily mirror monitors
– You can also maximize windows across the desktop

4Sync – Syncing Files so you can access them virtually anywhere

I wrote a blog previously about Dropbox. An application that allows you to sync a folder so that you can access it over the internet, or on whatever PC you have dropbox installed on. I love the application, the only pitfall is that it only gives you 2gb of free space, after which you need to start paying a monthly fee to get more space. I found another application today called 4Sync, its basically the exact same $9.95. Not too bad. I decided to try it out today and I was able to sync a folder and have the folder replicated on two different PC’s. I can also access the files logging into the 4Sync website at or there is even an app for my iPhone that works very well. I was able to open various files and documents with no issues.