17 October 2014Electricity utility Eskom has plugged its first wind farm into the national grid. The Sere wind farm, 350km north of Cape Town, is the utility’s first large-scale renewable energy project.The farm is a major step towards reducing South Africa’s reliance on coal-powered energy and is in accordance with the National Development Pan which makes allowance for renewable energy projects.While the farm has been plugged in, it will only be fully operational in March next year, when it will contribute an additional 100MW to the country’s electricity supply. At the moment it can generate 16MW of power, enough to light up 30 000 homes. Along with generating power, the project has created almost 400 direct jobs to the Matzikama community during construction. The project will also need skilled maintenance technicians over it estimated 20-year lifespan. In this same period it is expected to reduce carbon emissions by up to six million tons.Eskom is collaborating with Agence Française de Developpement, African Development Bank and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and technology company Siemens to build the farm, which upon completion will comprise 46 type SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Each turbine will be able to generate 2.3MW of electricity. Siemens will also assist with servicing and maintenance for five years after total completion on the farm.SAinfo reporter
Microsoft SQL Server R2 2008 is not only an enterprise class database, it also integrates a high performance Business Intelligence (BI) component in the software stack, offering both complete online transaction processing (OLTP) and on line analytics (OLAP) in a single license. It then couples this capability with Microsoft Power Pivot and SharePoint Server to put this capability literally into the hands of individual business departments. IBM has delivered enterprise-class database solutions based on IBM DB2 data management software which is now available on affordable Xeon processor based servers. IBM DB2 purescale, an optional feature of DB2, delivers nearly unlimited capacity, continuous availability and application transparency, for transactional databases running on IBM eX5 servers based on Xeon processors. We’re really, really excited about the launch of our new Intel Xeon Processor E7 family. We’re adding capability and performance that I’ll detail, but the bigger story is the new innovation these systems are enabling at ISV’s, along with the great customer implementation examples!Our new Xeon E7 family continues the story we started approximately a year ago, with the launch of the Nehalem (7500 Series) processor, of allowing IT solutions to deliver incredibly fast answers to the toughest business questions, all at costs below proprietary RISC systems, without compromising the reliability that IT managers expect.The new Xeon E7 delivers up to 10 cores with 20 threads of Intel Hyper Threading technology, 30MB of last level cache, and supporting up to 32GB DIMMs—25 percent more cores, threads and cache than the Xeon 7500 series with up to 40% more performance, at the same maximum rated power (TDP) of the Xeon 7500 series! Systems can scale from two to eight sockets with up to 256 socket systems from OEMs using node controllers. It also supports new Advanced Encryption Standard instructions (AES-NI), additional RAS features, and Intel Virtualization Technology and Trusted Execution Environment. The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is an integrated, optimized solution for hosting Oracle database and delivering OLAP and OLTP. The X2-8 combines scale up (2 Sun 8S-64core) Xeon processors for a high performance, highly available database grid, along with 14 Xeon based storage servers.Now the real world jazz starts when customers take Intel’s new technology, and pair it with this ISV software to deliver real world solutions.Anixter, a global distributor of communication and security products, wire, cable, fasteners and other parts, maintains a complex inventory of 425,000 parts. They deployed mission critical solutions for VAT taxes, e-Invoice, and PCM product and parts information, on IBM System X5 servers running IBM DB2 pureScale. According to Bernie O’Connor, “Performance is very impressive and so is the resilience of the cluster. If a server goes down DB2 pureScale recovers in seconds.”The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is part of the Department of Homeland Security and are modernizing its environment and have chosen the Oracle Exadata Database Machine built on Intel Xeon processor 7500 series. CBP is the largest Exadata user in the US with 15 Exadata machines in operation. They found the Oracle Exadata machines were one quarter (25%) of the cost of their aging SMP mainframe, and ran 10X faster (do you think they painted flames on the sides of the cabinet?—probably not).These are just two stories. For more checkout the Mission Critical page on the IT center SAP has a new innovative High-Performance Analytic Appliance (SAP HANA) on the Xeon 7500 series. SAP HANA is an in-memory appliance that stores entire data sets in main memory instead of saving to disk. It allows organizations to instantly analyze all available data from multiple sources, so companies can gain insight into business operations in real-time. Since most Mission Critical solutions involve data, let me tell you about some of the exciting innovation that our software partners are doing with these new Xeon systems:
MOST READ Nieto looked at the rim, dribbled the ball twice, and shot his free throw. Swish. He repeated the same motion one more time and the scoreboards now read 76-75 in favor of the Blue Eagles.“Actually, I was just relaxed, we’re always practicing our free throws each and every day,” said Nieto now in a more somber area inside the venue. “It’s always my routine, it’s the same routine, whether it’s the first free throw in the game or the last.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I just shot it like it’s my normal routine and luckily my practice paid off.”The game, however, wasn’t finished yet as the 3.9 seconds that got stuck during Nieto’s free throws would now tick away. And tick away it did as the Green Archers failed to shot a sensible attempt as a bright red light illuminated the clocks’ borders.Ateneo emerged as the victors and capped off its 7-0 first round with a 76-75 win over the defending champions.And as the tournament heads into its crucial stage, Nieto also looked forward and would treat his heroics as mere memory.“I won’t let it go to my mind, I’m more focused on our next game,” said Nieto, who finished the game with 16 points. “When another opportunity like that comes my way, I will just follow coach Tab [Baldwin] because he knows best.”ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What to do post-run to maximize your results Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo guard Matt Nieto took his spot just an inch behind the free throw line with the game clock stopped at 3.9 seconds and the scoreboards at 75-74 in favor of archrivals De La Salle.The blue crowd collectively held its breath while the people in green tried every distraction allowed by Mall of Asia security.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.