Local Advocates Concerned About Anti-Asian Racism Amid Pandemic

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share For Whom The Bell Rings Add to My List In My List Bronze plaques with the words “Wuhan Plague” have been glued on property around Atlanta.The plaques went up on buildings and walls in mid-April. They have the words Wuhan Plague written on them and contain an image of Winnie the Pooh eating a bat.According to the Atlanta Police Department, there are four reports of these plaques. No arrests have been made so far. Swathi Shanmugasundaram, policy manager of the metro Atlanta chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, says the medallions are an act of hate. The organization will host an online workshop Wednesday on anti-racism and what bystanders can do if they witness racism. “It’s really sad to see that these have been going on around town. I think it’s important to all take the time to condemn it but also keep moving forward,” says Shanmugasundaram. Nationally, Asian Americans Advancing Justice is tracking anecdotes of discrimination, harassment and hate. They’ve received more than 130 incidents since the end of February. The incidents have not been verified. The coronavirus reportedly first appeared late last year in Wuhan, China.Shanmugasundaram says the plaques are a distraction from the issues the coronavirus pandemic is bringing up, including access to health care and poverty.“The mayor denounces these ignorant acts of anti-Asian American sentiment and calls upon Atlanta to reject the politics of prejudice and division, and rally around our shared belief in One Atlanta,” a city spokesperson says. Georgia does not have a statute on hate crimes. The Atlanta Police Department has contacted the Homeland Security Unit, which investigates bias and hate crimes in the city, about the plaques. At this time, the plaques are not considered a bias crime.The online tool STOP AAPI HATE has also been tracking coronavirus hate and harassment toward Asian Americans across the country.Since mid-March, they’ve reported nearly 1,500 incidents of hate, harassment and discrimination across the country. Nearly three-quarters of the reports are verbal harassment. Most of the reports occurred in New York and California. About 1% of reports in the database occurred in Georgia.“The volume of incident reports continues to be concerning. But, beyond the sheer numbers, we hear the impact of hate in the pain, humiliation, trepidation and fear in the voices of AAPIs (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) today.” said Manjusha Kulkarni, executive director of Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) in a press statement. Shanmugasundaram says the anti-racism workshop is a response to an uptick in anti-Asian racism. “To us, it’s clearly an incident of bias; it’s clearly harmful to our communities,” says Shanmugasundaram. “Rhetoric and images like this have dangerous consequences.” Related Stories New Doctors In India Are Starting Off Seeing The Worst. It’s Taking A Tolllast_img read more

This Photo of an Old Man and His Kitten is Making Everyone’s Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWe have no idea who this man is, where he is going, or why he is carrying a kitten in his arms – all we know from this image is that he may be the most content man ever to ride a bus.A Reddit user by the name of “Cagedragehere” posted a photo of a Turkish senior sitting happily in transit with a black cat cradled in his arms.The picture, which was taken in Istanbul, shows the man beaming at the feline in such a way that can only be described as pure happiness.RELATED: Refugee Cat From Istanbul Earns Adorable Safe Haven in New JerseyWhile the details behind the photo are unknown, many other Reddit users say that they aren’t surprised that the picture originated from Istanbul; a city famous for its stray animals.One commenter remarked on how the city doesn’t just extend its kindness to animals, either.“The people of Istanbul are just really wonderful,” says the user. “I was there for a bit in 2015 and I once watched four lanes of traffic stop to help a girl who’s balloon had gotten loose.”SHARE The Purrrrfect Moment With Friends (Photo by Cagedragehere)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Mid-Sized OpenVPX Development Chassis for RF Modules and Equipment

first_imgPixus Technologies, a leading provider of embedded computing and enclosure solutions, has released a new version of its VPXD1000 Series development chassis. The VPXD1000 allows various VITA 67 slot configurations for RF interfaces over the OpenVPX standard. The chassis can be partitioned for a separate segment for specialty RF devices or SOSA (Sensor Open Systems Architecture) implementation.The newer version of the VPXD1000 comes in a 63HP (12.6”) wide size, allowing higher slot count backplanes up to ten slots at a 1.0” pitch. Alternatively, designers can utilize one portion of the chassis for a smaller VITA 67 backplane over OpenVPX and a separate segment for RF or other devices. Pixus can optimize the airflow/cooling for each segment to best suit the customer requirements.The VPXD1000 also features removable sidewalls. When testing, the sidewalls can be removed for easy open frame access to probe plug-in cards. The chassis walls can later be plugged in for thermal testing or aesthetic purposes for end customers’ demonstrations. Pixus offers OpenVPX backplane/chassis systems in commercial, development, and MIL rugged formats. The company also provides IEEE and Eurocard components for the embedded computer market.Leveraging over 20 years of innovative standard products, the Pixus Technologies team is comprised of industry experts in electronics packaging. Founded in 2009 by senior management from Kaparel Corporation, a Rittal company, Pixus’ embedded backplanes and systems are focused primarily on ATCA, OpenVPX, MicroTCA, and custom designs. Pixus also has an extensive offering of VME-based and cPCI-based solutions. In May 2011, Pixus Technologies became the sole authorized North and South American supplier of the electronic packaging products previously offered by Kaparel Corporation and Rittal.last_img read more

“I was angry” – Watford’s transfer decision left player frustrated, was…

first_imgWatford achieved promotion to the Premier League after finishing second in the Championship during the 2014/15 season and have been in the top flight club competition in England since then. The Hornets took Matej Vydra on a season-long loan deal from Udinese in 2014 and the forward impressed with his displays, scoring 16 goals and registering five assists in the second division.A year later, the English club signed the Czech Republic international on a permanent deal, but his dream of playing regularly in the Premier League after two years was crushed by Quique Sánchez Flores, who was Watford’s newly appointed manager in 2015.The 26-year-old was behind Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney in the pecking order during the season and the Madrid-born coach sanctioned his loan move to Reading on deadline day.“I did not want to play in the Championship anymore, but there was no choice. With Watford, I went to the Premier League, signed a contract, bought a house in the belief that they were counting on me,” the attacker told Sport.cz.Embed from Getty Images “But they kicked out a coach [Slaviša Jokanović], a new one [Flores] came in, and he sent me down to the lower division. I was angry. I have been in England for seven years, I have gone through five clubs, and have been trained by eighteen coaches. Watford sold him to Derby County in 2017 and earlier in the summer, Burnley signed him on a permanent transfer and he finally fulfilled his wish of appearing regularly in the Premier League, four years after he first played in the league with West Bromwich Albion.It’s the second time in just over a month that Vydra has complained about his Watford stay, doing the same during the October international break.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystWill Blockchain Reduce the Global Trade Finance Gap to Reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題Undolast_img read more

The Southern African Development Community

first_imgThe Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an organisation that strives for regional integration to promote economic growth, peace and security in the southern African region.It aims to create common political values, systems and institutions among its 15 member states, to build social and cultural ties, and to help alleviate poverty and enhance the standard of living among a regional population of 277-million.It stands for the sovereignty of its member states, the upholding of human rights and the rule of law, and the peaceful settlement of disputes.SADC has grown to include 15 member states. (Image: SADC)The SADC’s headquarters are in Gaborone, Botswana.SADC websiteThe 15 SADC member states (click to jump down to their profiles) are:AngolaBotswanaDemocratic Republic of the CongoLesothoMadagascarMalawiMauritiusMozambiqueNamibiaSeychellesSouth AfricaSwazilandTanzaniaZambiaZimbabweAngolaSince Angola’s 27-year-long civil war ended in 2002 with the death of Unita leader Jonas Savimbi, the country has prospered, with its economy being fuelled by increased production of oil and diamonds.Capital: LuandaGeography: Angola has a total area of 1.2 million square kilometres and a population of about 17.9 million. The official language is Portuguese, while numerous other indigenous languages are also spoken.Natural resources: Diamonds, oil products, gas, wildlife, agricultural products, sea and marine sources.Economy: Agricultural production includes bananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal, corn, cotton, manioc (tapioca), tobacco, vegetables, plantains, livestock, forest products and fish.Major industries include petroleum, diamonds, gold, uranium, iron ore, feldspar, bauxite, phosphates, cement, basic metal products, ship repair, textiles, brewing, tobacco products, fish processing, food processing and sugar.GDP is estimated at US$129.3-billion at the official exchange rate and $177.3-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The gross domestic product (GDP) real growth rate was estimated at 4.8% in 2014.Links:Government of AngolaNational Assembly of AngolaMinistry of TourismBotswanaUninterrupted civilian rule since independence in 1966, progressive social policies and significant capital investment has turned Botswana into one of the continent’s leading economies.Capital: Gaborone.Geography: Botswana has a total area of 600 370 square kilometres, 15 000 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 2 million, and the official language is English. Other languages include Setswana, Kalanga and Sekgalagadi.Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, coal, iron ore and silver.Economy: Agricultural production includes livestock, sorghum, maize, millet, beans, sunflowers and groundnuts.Major industries include diamonds, copper, nickel, salt, soda ash, potash, livestock processing and textiles.GDP is estimated at US$15.22-billion at the official exchange rate and $35.87-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 4.4% in 2014.Links:Government of BotswanaBotswana Development CorporationTourism of BotswanaDemocratic Republic of the CongoThe resource-rich DRC is slowly rebuilding following several years of civil war and dictatorship. Since the holding of elections, DRC President Joseph Kabila has been actively courting investment.Capital: Kinshasa.Geography: The DRC has a total area of 2.3 million square kilometres, 77 810 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of about 75.2 million and the official language is French. Other major languages include Lingala, Kingwana (a dialect of Swahili), Kikongo and Tshiluba.Natural resources: Cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal, timber and hydropower.Economy: Agricultural production includes coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber, tea, quinine, cassava (tapioca), palm oil, bananas, root crops, corn, fruits and wood products.Major industries include mining (diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt, coltan and zinc), mineral processing, consumer products (including textiles, footwear, cigarettes, processed foods and beverages), cement and commercial ship repair.GDP is estimated at US$35.92-billion at the official exchange rate and $57.78-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 9.2% in 2014.Links:DRC Permanent Mission to the UNFriends of the CongoLesothoOriginally known as Basutoland, the nation was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1966. The country is closely linked to South Africa, both economically and culturally.Capital:Maseru.Geography: Lesotho has a total area of 30 355 square kilometres, with a population of 1.8 million. Languages spoken in Lesotho include English, Sesotho, Zulu and Xhosa.Natural resources: Water, agricultural and grazing land, diamonds, sand, clay and building stone.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, wheat, pulses, sorghum, barley and livestock.Major industries include food, beverages, textiles, apparel assembly, handicrafts, construction and tourism.GDP is estimated at US$2.22-billion at the official exchange rate and $5.575-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.4% in 2014.Links:The Lesotho GovernmentTransformation Resource Centre LesothoLesotho Tourism Development CorporationMadagascarFormerly an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1896, but regained its independence in 1960. Open elections in 1992/93 ended 17 years of single-party rule.Capital: Antananarivo.Geography: Madagascar has a total area of 587 040 square kilometres, 5 500 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 20.6 million and the languages spoken include French and Malagasy.Natural resources: Graphite, chromites, coal, bauxite, salt, quartz, tar sands, semiprecious stones, mica, fish and hydropower.Economy: Agricultural production includes coffee, vanilla, sugarcane, cloves, cocoa, rice, cassava (tapioca), beans, bananas, peanuts and livestock products.Major industries include meat processing, seafood, soap, breweries, tanneries, sugar, textiles, glassware, cement, automobile assembly plant, paper, petroleum and tourism.GDP is estimated at US$10.67-billion at the official exchange rate and $34.05-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.3% in 2014.Links:National Assembly of MadagascarMadagascar LibraryMadagascar WildlifeMalawiOriginally established in 1891 as the British protectorate of Nyasaland, the country became Malawi following independence in 1964. The first free elections were held in 1994 following three decades of one-party rule.Capital: Lilongwe.Geography: Malawi has a total area of 118 480 square kilometres, 24 400 square kilometres of which is covered by water, and has a population of 14.3 million. Languages spoken include Chichewa, Chinyanja, Chiyao and Chitumbuka.Natural resources: Limestone, arable land, hydropower, coal, bauxite and unexploited deposits of uranium.Economy: Agricultural production includes tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, cassava (tapioca), sorghum, pulses, groundnuts, macadamia nuts, cattle and goats.Major industries include tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products, cement and consumer goods.GDP is estimated at US$6.055-billion at the official exchange rate and $19.58-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 5.7% in 2014.Links:Government of MalawiMalawi Tourism GuideMauritiusA stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, Mauritius attracts considerable foreign investment and earns one of Africa’s highest per capita incomes.Capital: Port Louis.Geography: Mauritius has a total area of 2 040 square kilometres, 10km² of which is covered by water. It has a population of 1.2 million and the languages spoken on the island include Creole, Bhojpuri, French and English.Natural resources: Arable land and fish.Economy: Agricultural production includes sugarcane, tea, corn, potatoes, bananas, pulses, cattle, goats and fish.Major industries include food processing (largely sugar milling), textiles, clothing, mining, chemicals, metal products, transport equipment, non-electrical machinery and tourism.GDP is estimated at US$12.59-billion at the official exchange rate and $23.53-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.6% in 2014.Links:Government of MauritiusMauritius Investment Promotion AgencyDiscover MauritiusMozambiqueSince the end of fighting between Frelimo and Renamo in 1992, Mozambique has prospered following the government’s use of policies favourable to attracting foreign investment.Capital: Maputo.Geography: Mozambique has a total area of 801 590 square kilometres, 17 500 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 20.5 million and major languages spoken in the country include Portuguese, Emakhuwa, Xichangana, Elomwe, Cisena and Echuwabo.Natural resources: Coal, titanium, natural gas, hydropower, tantalum and graphite.Economy: Agricultural production includes cotton, cashew nuts, sugarcane, tea, cassava (tapioca), corn, coconuts, sisal, citrus and tropical fruits, potatoes, sunflowers, beef and poultry.Major industries include food, beverages, chemicals (fertilizer, soap, paints), aluminium, petroleum products, textiles, cement, glass, asbestos and tobacco.GDP is estimated at US$16.68-billion at the official exchange rate and $31.21-billion using purchasing power parity (PPP). The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 7.4% in 2014.Links:Government of MozambiqueNamibiaSince gaining its independence from South Africa in 1990, Namibia has moved from strength to strength, capitalising on its natural resources and its close links to Germany.Capital: Windhoek.Geography: Namibia has a total area of 825 418 square kilometres and a population of 2.1 million. Languages spoken in the country include English, Afrikaans, German, Oshivambo, Herero and Nama.Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, uranium, gold, silver, lead, tin, lithium, cadmium, tungsten, zinc, salt, hydropower and fish. There are also suspected deposits of oil, coal, and iron ore.Economy: Agricultural production includes millet, sorghum, peanuts, grapes, livestock and fish.Major industries include meatpacking, fish processing, dairy products and mining (diamonds, lead, zinc, tin, silver, tungsten, uranium, copper).GDP is estimated at US$13.63-billion at the official exchange rate and $23.48-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 4.5% in 2014.Links:Government of NamibiaNamibia Tourism BoardSeychellesCapital: Victoria.Geography: Seychelles has a total area of 455 square kilometres and a population of 87 000. Languages spoken in the country include French, English and Seychellois Creole.Natural resources: Fish (mostly tuna), cinnamon, copra.Economy: The tourism and tuna fishing sectors have led economic growth.The government has also promoted the development of farming, fishing, and small scale manufacturing to decrease the dependence on tourism.GDP is estimated at US$1.423-billion at the official exchange rate and $2.424-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.3% in 2014.Links:Government of SeychellesSeychelles TourismSouth AfricaThe South African economy is the second largest on the African continent, with a sophisticated financial system that includes one of the top 10 stock exchanges in the world, and well developed physical, telecommunications, and energy infrastructures.Capital: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative) and Bloemfontein (judicial).Geography: South Africa has a total area of 1.2 million square kilometres and a population of about 50.5 million. Major languages spoken include isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sepedi, English, Setswana and Sesotho.Natural resources: Gold, chromium, antimony, coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, phosphates, tin, uranium, gem diamonds, platinum, copper, vanadium, salt and natural gas.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry, mutton, wool and dairy products.Major industries include mining, automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizer, foodstuffs and commercial ship repair.GDP is estimated at US$350.1-billion at the official exchange rate and $707.1-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 1.5% in 2014.Links:Government of South AfricaDepartment of Trade and IndustrySouth African TourismSwazilandThe sole absolute monarchy in Africa, Swaziland is closely linked to South Africa economically and culturally.Capital: Mbabane (administrative) and Lobamba (royal and legislative).Geography: Swaziland has a total area of 17 363 square kilometres, 160 of which is covered by water. It has a population of 1.1 million and the languages spoken include English and SiSwati.Natural resources: Asbestos, coal, clay, cassiterite, hydropower, forests, small gold and diamond deposits, quarry stone and talc.Economy: Agricultural production includes sugarcane, cotton, corn, tobacco, rice, citrus, pineapples, sorghum, peanuts, cattle, goats and sheep.Major industries include coal, wood pulp, sugar, soft drink concentrates, textiles and apparel.GDP is estimated at US$4.416-billion at the official exchange rate and $10.56-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 2.5% in 2014.Links:Government of SwazilandSwaziland Chambers of CommerceSwaziland Tourism AuthorityTanzaniaHome to Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is largely dependent on agriculture for employment. In addition, a considerable area of the country is wildlife habitat, including a large part of the Serengeti plain.Capital: Dar es Salaam.Geography: Tanzania has a total area of 945 087 square kilometres, 59 050 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a total population of 50.5 million and languages spoken include Swahili, English and Arabic.Natural resources: Hydropower, tin, phosphates, iron ore, coal, diamonds, gemstones, gold, natural gas and nickel.Economy: Agricultural production includes coffee, sisal, tea, cotton, pyrethrum (insecticide made from chrysanthemums), cashew nuts, tobacco, cloves, corn, wheat, cassava (tapioca), bananas, fruits, vegetables, cattle, sheep and goats.Major industries include agricultural processing (sugar, beer, cigarettes, sisal twine), diamond, gold, and iron mining, salt, soda ash; cement, oil refining, shoes, apparel, wood products and fertilizer.GDP is estimated at US$48.09-billion at the official exchange rate and $128.2-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 7% in 2014.Links:Government of TanzaniaTanzania Development GatewayTanzania Tourist BoardZambiaDrained by the Congo River basin and the Zambesi River basin, Zambia has for long been linked with the copper mining industry, following its fortunes. To lessen dependence on copper, the government is aiming to diversify the economy in areas such as tourism, agriculture and hydro-power.Capital: Lusaka.Geography: Zambia has a total area of 752 614 square kilometres, 11 890 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 13.4 million and major languages spoken include English, Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja and Tonga.Natural resources: Copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium and hydropower.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, sorghum, rice, peanuts, sunflower seed, vegetables, flowers, tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, cassava (tapioca), coffee, cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, milk, eggs and hides.Major industries include copper mining and processing, construction, foodstuffs, beverages, chemicals, textiles, fertilizer and horticulture.GDP is estimated at US$26.6-billion at the official exchange rate and $61.39-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 5.6% in 2014.Links:Government of ZambiaZambia National Tourist BoardZimbabweZimbabwe is rich in natural resources, and during non-drought years is able to produce enough to supply its electricity needs through hydro-electric power. Despite the recent economic downturn, the country continues to attract investment from the likes of China and India.Capital: Harare.Geography: Zimbabwe has a total area of 390 580 square kilometres, 3 910 square kilometres of which is covered by water. It has a population of 12.7 million and major languages spoken include English, Shona and Sindebele.Natural resources: Coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin and platinum group metals.Economy: Agricultural production includes corn, cotton, tobacco, wheat, coffee, sugarcane, peanuts, sheep, goats and pigs.Major industries include mining (coal, gold, platinum, copper, nickel, tin, clay, numerous metallic and non-metallic ores), steel, wood products, cement, chemicals, fertilizer, clothing and footwear, foodstuffs and beverages.GDP is estimated at US$13.83-billion at the official exchange rate and $27.26-billion using purchasing power parity. The GDP real growth rate was estimated at 3.3% in 2014.Links:Parliament of ZimbabweZimbabwe Investment AuthoritySources: Southern African Development Community, The World FactbookSouthAfrica.info reporterUpdated December 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Lustre is accelerating but do you know if you have speed bumps?

first_imgLustre has gone through some big enhancements in the last few years.  ZFS has been added as a back-end filesystem, Multiple Metadata targets allow high levels of performance and whole file snapshots provide a new mechanism for data protection.    The Lustre 2.11 release will provide a huge boost in small file performance with support with Data-on-metadata (DOM) to enable an entirely new category of analytics workloads on Lustre systems.While Lustre was getting better, hardware was also improving.  Hard-drives alone no longer suffice to meet the performance and capacity needs for Metadata.  The Intel® SSD DC Family for PCIe provide superior processing and memory capability with a fraction of the footprint, power consumption, TCO and storage latency compared to legacy HDDs.  The Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X Series provides the necessary capacity and performance for a high performance ZFS Data on Metadata service for billions of files and tens of thousands of IOPS per drive.A typical HDD deployment is 60-90 Drivers per OSS and 24 HDDs on the Metadata Server OSS per 60 drive with 2TBStretching and sharing the new condensed capacity: Beyond density and raw NVMe performance, Attala Systems, Supermicro and Intel have collaborated to create a solution optimized for Lustre 2.11 and beyond.  The Attala highly-available and high-performance storage solution is based on an Intel FPGA-based scale-out fabric that leverages standard Ethernet to connect Lustre MDTs and OSTs to Intel NVMe SSDs residing in one or more 1U JBOFs with minimal added latency or costs.  The solution enables:Near-native NVMe SSD performance for the higher IOPS driven by small files“Parallel data sharing” including shared volumes to enable MDT/OST node HA/failoverThe ability to “carve and isolate” from the concentrated, scale-out NVMe SSD capacity to create logical NVMe-over-fabric SANs for each MDT/OST active-active node pairsAttala architecture with Supermicro systemsAt the 2017 Supercomputer Conference in Denver, the three companies showed how this solution is used for two commonly used HPC cluster compute and file solutions:Lustre for small file performance – While most data reside in big files, most files (70%) are small with sizes smaller than the default Lustre 1MB stripe size. The Lustre 2.11 increases speeds up small file performance – by up to 4X – via Data-on-MDT (Meta Data Target) on same storage NVMe based tests.  The performance and high-availability are enabled via Attala Storage and Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X Series with “parallel data sharing” to enable Lustre fail-over and scale-out capabilityMulti-tenant Spark – To support multiple users (departments, test/dev, QA, production) and the need to spin-up instant clusters, virtualization (e.g. KVM) solves half the problem by avoiding need to dedicate CPU/memory for different apps. Attala Storage solves the other half via the ability to instantly provision, “carve and isolate” Intel® SSD DC Family for PCIe* resources for multiple users.  The result is an unprecedented multi-tenant solution for instant-clusters with lower cost & better-than-bare-metal performance. Taufik Ma, CEO, Attala SystemsKeith Mannthey, Solutions Architect, IntelAndrey Kudryavtsev, SSD Solution Architect, Intellast_img read more

Delhi winter gets hot with host of exciting entertainment options

first_imgAs the capital cosies up to the misty months ahead, it sure won’t be a winter of discontent for Delhiites. Quite the contrary, in fact. For the city is as charged as a Duracell bunny this chilly season with a variety of options to whet everybody’s cravings.From culture vultures to,As the capital cosies up to the misty months ahead, it sure won’t be a winter of discontent for Delhiites. Quite the contrary, in fact. For the city is as charged as a Duracell bunny this chilly season with a variety of options to whet everybody’s cravings.From culture vultures to sport fanatics, there’s something on for just about everyone. So kick start those frozen knees with a high-octane game of football, cool them with a nice nature or heritage walk, trip out on a soul vacation with music under the velvet sky or park yourself for some poetry or a film screening. You decide. We’re just listing out what has to be on your to-do cool list this winterPuppetryPuppetry show About Ram at IHCWith innovation and experimentation being the buzzwords this year, India Habitat Centre (IHC) kicked off this season with a puppetry extravaganza presented by puppet-designer Anurupa Roy and animator Vishal K. Dar called About Ram.A narrative on the life of Ram the play uses an adaptation of classical Japanese puppetry called Bunraku and pushes the sacred boundaries between different styles of performing arts. While the puppeteers are not only present on stage as they work their strings (in this case, handles) what is even more fascinating is how Ram, a puppet with an aquiline face, uses the puppeteers’ bodies-literally climbing and jumping over them – as he narrates the story of his life.Combined with soft Hindustani classical music, Roy’s play also features shadow puppetry (using traditional Tolubommalata puppets from Andhra Pradesh) and AV screens that make the millionth retelling of Ram’s immortal story a truly novel experience. Says puppeteer and theatre person Varun Narayan, “Delhi has always welcomed experimentation in all forms.advertisementThe only problem is that people have gotten rather used to free passes and are a bit averse to shelling out ticket money these days.” Narayan’s new puppet play, Bhangra on the Moon, an experimental puppetry venture, opens at Kamani this month and promises to keep up the impetus of About Ram. Also on the cards is a Christmas Special slated for mid-December where Narayan plans to experiment with various forms inclduing shadow and string puppetry.Poetry readingPoetry reading at AksharaFor the last 30 years now, verse enthusiasts in the capital have been flocking to Akshara Theatre’s poetry reading sessions every winter. This year is no different. But this time, Akshara is focussing on Indian poetry.”Poetry is the one medium where there has never been any caste or class distinction,” says the theatre’s co-founder Jalabala Vaidya, adding that translations of greats like Meera, Kabir and Thyagraja are being encouraged this year.This year, Akshara will intro-duce audiences to these poets who have kept the oral tradition of India alive. Akshara will also showcase young poets from the capital, some of whom who have already been published in the Akshara Anthology of Young Poets.All this over hot cups of Akshara’s famous soup that is served to all members of the audience. Besides Akshara, Amit Dahiya Badhshah, host of IHC’s Tuesday night poetry sessions, Delhi Poetree, also hosts sessions at different venues four to five nights a week.Music in the parkKishori Amonkar at Nehru ParkAn enviable venue-Nehru Park-and a pantheon of polished performers-Music in the Park is ideal for both the connoisseur and the uninitiated. Organised by Star Care, NDMC and Spicmacay, the line up offers everything from Hindustani classical to Carnatic music. This season’s programme opened with a recital by Kishori Amonkar on October 14. Every alternate Saturday will see a performance by such greats as Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan among others.”Delhi’s grounds are tailormade for open air performances,” says Shubha Mudgal who is also performing this season. Unlike a traditional concert hall recital, there is no prerequisite pin drop silence here-you can chat a little, exchange notes with your girlfriend or find a kindred spirit in the stranger sitting next to you.A word of caution: it’s open air, so voices resonate, therefore, cellphones and loudmouthed friends are a strict nono. Besides, the starry sky above and music of the gods below, what more can one ask for? And did we mention, entry is free.FootballPlayers practice for a league gameWinter is also soccer season in the capital. And one of the most awaited events of the football cal-ender is the Delhi Diplomatic Soccer International League (October 30-November 30), meant strictly for amateur players. This winter, the league will organise matches at the US Embassy grounds and teams will feature employees from diplomatic missions, corporate firms as well as college students.Weekly matches are played with six-a-side teams after office hours, while weekends see a whole new ball game, complete with 11-member teams. Currently there are 32 teams playing six-a-side and 22 playing 11-a-side.advertisement”Anybody from the age of 14 to 55 is welcome to play,” says Aashish Khanna, the league’s coordinator. Once the league gets over, friendly matches are played at Ambedkar Stadium, Siri Fort, or at the US or the British Embassy through the winter months.WalksNature walk in the winter sunThere is no better time than now to get out and discover your city. The IHC organises nature walks twice a month that scout historical monuments and heritage sites and are led by noted historians and academicians, experts. Deeba Sobti, noted historian and host of many IHC walks says, “These are more than just heritage walks, what we try and recreate is an understanding of a bygone era.”Besides, the IHC is also hosting a bird walk at the Okhla Bird Park in Noida this weekend. The aim is to acquaint people with the 450 species of birds found in and around Delhi. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) also organises heritage walks in areas like Old Delhi (Shahjahanbad) and the Mehrauli Archeological Park around the Qutb world heritage site every Saturday and Sunday. So if you dig the outdoors but are not quite sporty, a walk around town is your best bet.and more…A Screening at the AtticIt doesn’t end here. From upcoming film festivals to film screenings at venues like the IHC, British Council, Max Mueller Bhavan, Alliance Francaise and various cultural centres at embassies. As regulars will proudly state, you won’t find any chick flicks here.For those interested in history and documentaries, another place to keep in mind is the Attic which screens films like My Father, the Builder which is a recording of the talk given by Khushwant Singh at the India International Centre (IIC).If live concerts get you grooving, but classical is not quite your thing, check out the IIC and Pragati Maidan, hosts of fantastic outdoor dos. Case in point, the recent Indian Ocean performance at the IIC. For those looking for the great outdoors but sandwiched between a Friday night and an early Monday morning, the city brings the outback into your backyard.The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) at Benito Juarez Road near South Campus with excellent rock climbing facilities is worth a try. Called a sport wall, the wall at IMF guarantees adventure buffs their adrenalin rush.”Though we are open all year through now is the best time for those interested in rock climbing, especially for first timers,” says Col M. K Bhimwal, director, IMF. So take your pick and step out now, celebrate winter before it truly sets in.last_img read more

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