Dell Jumps Head First Into Consumption-Based Computing With APEX

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Dell Tech World came and went last night. Front and center was APEX, the company's consumption-based offering that enables companies of all sizes to consume IT infrastructure and solutions in a cloud-like fashion. Pay for what you use, with no capital outlay.  During the launch of APEX back in October of last year, Michael Dell proclaimed that this consumption-based model was the future for Dell and its customers. Meaning, all products and services would be offered through this consumption-based model – a direction that many of Dell's competitors appear to be heading.  Given Dell's previous statements, it should be no surprise that APEX dominated Dell Tech World. But the question remains – does APEX deliver on the promise of simplicity, agility, and control? And is the market ready for such products? First, a primer – what is APEX...

Surpassing the lower limit on computing energy consumption

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IMAGE: The postage-stamp sized chip at the heart of an iPhone 5 has around one billion transistors. view more  Credit: Errol Hunt (FLEET) New FLEET research confirms the potential for topological materials to substantially reduce the energy consumed by computing. The collaboration of FLEET researchers from University of Wollongong, Monash University and UNSW have shown in a theoretical study that using topological insulators rather than conventional semiconductors to make transistors could reduce the gate voltage by half, and the energy used by each transistor by a factor of four. To accomplish this, they had to find a way to overcome the famous 'Boltzmann's tyranny' that puts a lower limit on transistor switching energy. They found a surprising result: gate voltage applied to a topological insulator could create a...