Microsoft has started to submerge servers in liquid to improve performance and save energy. The fluorocarbon-based liquid works by removing heat, and the fluid reaches a lower boiling point to condense and fall back into the bath as a raining liquid. The method is used for cryptocurrency mining. “It potentially will eliminate the need for water consumption in data centres,” said Christian Belady, VP of Microsoft’s data centre advanced development group.
Hyundai’s electric car Ioniq 5 has bi-directional charging, which allows owners to power electronic devices from the car battery. Conventional car batteries can be used to charge laptops and smartphones only and drain quickly if plugged into anything more powerful — portable fridge, sound system etc. The car comes with the option to install a solar-panel roof to charge the battery, giving the EV an additional driving range of about 1,300 km annually.
Intel has launched its flagship data centre microprocessor “Ice Lake” for cloud service providers and massive data centres. It has already shipped about 200,000 test units. The new chip is slower than AMD’s flagship data centre server chip launched in March. Intel, however, is banking on greater control over its supply chain that the chips offer, besides, portfolio of data storage, networking, etc which work well with the “Ice Lake” processor.
Samsung has adopted a new in-house developed ERP system to improve efficiency and productivity. The new system called N-ERP was developed in 2.5 years and was tested in China and Southeast Asian countries. It will roled in all overseas branches by Jan 2022. N-ERP brings the latest solutions in massive data processing to provide real-time analysis of the supply chain and more accurate simulation models for better decision making.
Cisco Systems has launched a new product to help mobile networks manage rising data traffic generated by home-working because of the COVID-19 and 5G rollout. Networks across the globe have witnessed a 25%-45% rise in internet traffic, since the COVID-19 pandemic. Cisco expects nearly 30 bn connected devices in 2023 led largely by 5G rollout, compared with 18.4 bn in 2018. It has signed Airtel, Google Cloud, Rakuten Mobile, Telenor and Telia Carrier.
MTS, Russia’s leading telecom operator has finally launched the country’s first 5G network for trial use in Moscow. It is being introduced in 14 locations and a 4.9 GHz spectrum band is provided for the highspeed internet network services. Unlimited 5G Internet with a speed of 1.5Gb per sec, however, is only available to a few selected users who possess a 5-G compatible smartphone.
Netflix is planning to upgrade to a new system, Cosmos, a microservices-based system with asynchronous workflows and serverless functions and will allow the company to cater to more subscribers. This system will also support high throughput services. Frank San Miguel, Netflix engineer, said that the old seven-year-old system needed to be replaced because its design was slowing down the ability to deliver new features and accommodate the new users.