If your PC gaming headset fits comfortably, but still leaves you feeling like you’ve just depressurized after a lengthy gaming session, HP has something just for you: Mindframe. This is HP’s new, over-ear PC gaming headset featuring active ear cooling.The headset, due out in the second half of this year for an undisclosed price, uses a patented active cooling solution employing a “thermoelectric device inside the earcup that conducts heat from the acoustic chamber towards the outside,” HP’s announcement reads.
Of course, the headset is focused on comfort otherwise, with a suspension headband over the leatherette ear cups. On top of that, the headset will bring forth DTS Headphone:X and 7.1 virtual surround sound.Finally, the headset is equipped with a noise-cancelling, unidirectional microphone that can instantly mute when flipped up, as well as stylish RGB lighting. All of these features can be controlled through HP’s Omen Command Center software, natch.Again, it’s unknown when this headset will be available for the masses of sweaty PC gamers with aching heads, nor how much such reprieve will cost, but it’s easy to get hype for nevertheless.
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Techradar Pro interviewed Lance Crosby, the CEO of StackPath, after the Server Density merger to find out more about the company’s plans for 2018 and more.Lance, Server Density is the sixth company that Stackpath has acquired or partnered with in less than two years. What’s the common theme across all six deals?We want to own the edge and are building an inherently secure platform of services at the edge. In every situation, we thought about if it made more sense to buy a product we needed, or to build it ourselves. And for all six of these companies, they had the right product and a solid customer base and we could jump right in without taking the time to develop something from scratch.It’s worth noting that this is a merger rather than an acquisition. Stackpath has 1000x more customers and raised 120x the capital till now. Why opt for such a lopsided deal? Why not simply absorb Server Density?Typically, in an acquisition you buy the assets and the IP, and the executive team leaves and goes elsewhere. But in the case of Server Density, it is a merger because not just the executives, but the entire team is coming to StackPath. David Mytton, Server Density co-founder and CEO, is becoming a part of my executive team as VP of product engineering and will be responsible for monitoring and several other things.
We want to be the ‘Amazon of the edge’ and own the edgeDr Lance Crosby, CEO, StackPath
Server Density started a movement called HumanOps which seems to been at the core of the acquisition. But rather than being a piece of tech, it is actually a community, can you tell us more about it?HumanOps is a brilliant and long overdue resource for cloud workers and companies. This industry is evolving faster than any before it, requiring operations of unprecedented scale and solutions at unbelievable speed. I know first-hand how it really takes its toll on people because we have a 100% uptime SLA. We’re looking forward to doing even more with HumanOps as part of StackPath –- look for more details on that to come in the near future.So you’ve got VPN, CDN, server management, DDoS mitigation, web monitoring services and even, for the nostalgics out there, the company that fathered the venerable Usenet via Omicron Media. So does that mean that Stackpath is both a B2B and a B2C company? Are there any missing pieces of the puzzle?Anyone -– from an individual developer working out of his basement to some of the biggest Fortune 100 companies in the world –- use StackPath. So, yes. StackPath is a B2B, B2C and B2E company and is continuing to grow and add those “missing pieces of the puzzle”.What’s next for Stackpath? (Talk about the new company). You mentioned in a recent interview that Stackpath will offer 12 services by end 2018? Any chances you could shed more light on that?July 1 will be a big day for us as we will roll out a new website, as well as new logo, colors, and messaging. Everything on the platform, including Server Density and all other services we’ve purchased, will die that day and we will introduce another half dozen services we’ve developed internally. By the end of 2018, we will have not 12 services but up to 18, so 18 in 2018. We want to be the ‘Amazon of the edge’ and own the edge. We already have the lead, but these new services will help us solidify that. By 2025, we want to say all internets transverse StackPath at some point.
Article continues belowThe merger of infrastructure monitoring firm Server Density and secure edge services platform provider StackPath was announced today.Secure Density provides its users with the ability to monitor their websites and servers in either the cloud or on-premise. They can use a single console and API to maximise server performance, maintain uptime and diagnose problems.StackPath will be integrating Server Density’s service into its own edge service platform in the near future.Founder, Chairman and CEO of StackPath, Lance Crosby praised the merger in a statement, saying:“We’re thrilled to have Server Density become part of our company. It’s a perfect fit. StackPath has the highest commitment to providing our customers frictionless services, complete visibility into their solutions, and building strong relationships with the open source community and the industry at large. Server Density has followed the same commitments as it built exceptional technologies that are second to none and grew operations at cloud scale.”Servery Density’s monitoring agent is currently installed on millions of servers with each collecting 12-billion metrics per day. There are over 100 official integrations with other solutions and platforms that when combined process more than 300TB of data each month. Server Density’s customers include the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) as well as eCommerce company Firebox and online gaming platform Stormancer.The financial details of the merger have not been publicly disclosed and the Server Density’s London team will serve as the core StackPath monitoring service team and London will be StackPath’s new European headquarters.
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Nvidia has just announced its HGX-2 cloud server platform, which it claims powers “the fastest single computer humanity has ever created”.It combines 16 Tesla V100 graphics cards, which work together to create a giant virtual GPU with half a terabyte of GPU memory and two petaflops of compute power. This is achieved using Nvidia NVSwitch interconnect fabric technology, which links the GPUs together to work as a single GPU.The announcement was made at Nvidia’s GTC (GPU Technology Conference) event in Taiwan, which is a bit of an appetizer before the main course of Computex 2018 arrives next week.While the HGX-2 certainly has some mind-blowing specifications, it won’t be used in standard computers. Instead, it will be capable of high-precision calculations using FP64 and FP32 for scientific computing and simulations, while enabling FP16 and Int8 for AI training.
Jensen Huang, founder and chief executive officer of Nvidia, announced at GTC that “The world of computing has changed […] CPU scaling has slowed at a time when computing demand is skyrocketing. NVIDIA’s HGX-2 with Tensor Core GPUs gives the industry a powerful, versatile computing platform that fuses HPC and AI to solve the world’s grand challenges.”According to Nvidia, the HGX-2 has achieved record AI training speeds of 15,500 images per second on the ResNet-50 training benchmark, and is powerful enough to replace up to 300 CPU-only servers.At Computex 2017, Nvidia announced the HGX-1 which became pretty popular, being used by companies that rely on massive datacenters such as Facebook and Microsoft.Nvidia has high hopes for HGX-2 as well, with some major businesses, including Lenovo, QCT, Supermicro, Foxconn and Wiwynn, announcing plans to launch HGX-2 systems this year.According to Paul Ju, vice president and general manager of Lenovo DCG , “NVIDIA’s HGX-2 ups the ante with a design capable of delivering two petaflops of performance for AI and HPC-intensive workloads. With the HGX-2 server building block, we’ll be able to quickly develop new systems that can meet the growing needs of our customers who demand the highest performance at scale.”
The HGX-2 is powered by the Nvidia Tesla V100 GPU, which comes equipped with 32GB of high-bandwidth memory to deliver 125 teraflops of deep learning performance. Combining 16 of those GPUs together is going to produce some excellent results.“Every one of the GPUs can talk to every one of the GPUs simultaneously at a bandwidth of 300 GB/s, 10 times PCI Express,” Huang said, “so everyone can talk to each other all at the same time.”
The Nvidia DGX-2
Nvidia also showed off the Nvidia DGX-2, which is the first system built using the HGX-2 server platform, and comes with 2 petaflops of computing power and 512GB of HBM2 memory.According to Huang, “this is the fastest single computer humanity has ever created”. Pretty exciting stuff.
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