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  1. Hey,.. It's not like Summit has slipped to the bottom of the charts! You're still working on the peak of the Mt. Geekdom as far as I'm concerned. All hail Grawk!
  2. Not that it's directly applicable but it's funny that this was announced on 6/22,.. Sorry Dan. Japan Captures Top500 Crown FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The 55th edition of the TOP500 saw some significant additions to the list, spearheaded by a new number one system from Japan. The latest rankings also reflect a steady growth in aggregate performance and power efficiency. The new top system, Fugaku, turned in a High Performance Linpack (HPL) result of 415.5 petaflops, besting the now second-place Summit system by a factor of 2.8x. Fugaku, is powered by Fujitsu’s 48-core A64FX SoC, becoming the first number one system on the list to be powered by ARM processors. In single or further reduced precision, which are often used in machine learning and AI applications, Fugaku’s peak performance is over 1,000 petaflops (1 exaflops). The new system is installed at RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Kobe, Japan. Number two on the list is Summit, an IBM-built supercomputer that delivers 148.8 petaflops on HPL. The system has 4,356 nodes, each equipped with two 22-core Power9 CPUs, and six NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. The nodes are connected with a Mellanox dual-rail EDR InfiniBand network. Summit is running at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee and remains the fastest supercomputer in the US. https://www.top500.org/news/japan-captures-top500-crown-arm-powered-supercomputer/
  3. After reading the article I linked above and as the dust has begun to settle, I've gone from "I'll wait and see" to " I can't wait to see". I'm very optimistic about the future of computing. Of course, the next few years will be bumpy particularly for developers (can you say job security?) but I'm hopeful that this move may lead to some real advancements.
  4. Happy Birthday Crek. Any relation to that Velo Fellow? Have a great one!
  5. Production Expert (formerly Pro Tools Expert) has a great article which isn't devoid of guessing, but seems pretty good. All from an audio developers point of view. https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/production-expert-1/2020/6/25/apple-silicon-a-developer-helps-to-unpack-what-we-know
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    Deals

    OWC has Apple earbuds with the 3.5mm jack on sale for $9.99 (instead of the stupid $28). Gotta buy 2 or more for an additional bit more off. Great if you use them for Skype/Zoom https://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apple/MD827LLA/
  7. Speaking of Chris Harris,.. This one's for you Mikey
  8. Oooh Mommy! Hope you made 'nuff
  9. I keep an old white MacBook around running Snow Leo. because it has Rosetta. One of the apps on it is one from Sony that will import files from a MiniDisc player and convert them to .wav. Come to think of it, I should boot it and see if it's still working.
  10. The general consensus on the pro audio forums is that the Mac Mini will be the "this year" release since they had to get them adapted for the developers kits, then all the laptops sometime in 2021. There's been a lot of talk about Apple blurring the line between the iPad Pro and the rest of the Mac products and the lower performance end (4 cores or less) will be first. The pro or prosumer end will be last since they rely on at least 6 physical cores and 8 is pretty much considered the minimum these days. Of course, it's possible that the new processors won't need all those cores but that would be a tough sell (even though single core performance rules pro audio apps). When will the iMac (or any mac ) redesign release happen? The health of the supply chain will probably have a lot to do with that but there's always a chance that the entire iMac-iMac Pro line will be jiggered (since my i9 iMac isn't that much different from the basic iMac Pro for less than half the price). BTW. When I said 5 years, that includes the time it'll take for all the 3rd party developers to toe the line (some still aren't Catalina compliant!).
  11. I was kinda hoping for some hardware today, but the future of Apple Silicone is promising and makes a lot of sense. It will take a major transition but it would be cool if they can get it all under control in less than 5 years. I'm interested to see how all the changes in Big Sur will pan out in the real world. I'm still on Mojave and happy with it so skipping over Catalina (or even BS) wouldn't kill me.
  12. Pretty guitar centric stuff, also famous for Frippertronics and the delay heavy genre that's still popular with a lot of my favorite players.
  13. ironbut

    Watchmen

    I watched it a month ago and thought it was excellent! Ever since I saw her in Southland, I've worshipped the ground that Regina King walks on and this is no exception.
  14. 4:24 Daytona 24: Alex Zanardi's next miracle moment 5 hours ago CNNPaul Gittings
  15. RIP Ian,.. I was thinking of him in a round about way the other day. Lately, I've been taken by the flat picking savant Molly Tuttle and I was trying to remember the first name of DeNiro's character in Brazil (Harry). After googling, I couldn't help but notice how many of the leads actors (including Ian Holm) had passed. Curse like,..
  16. Can't get enough of Molly Tuttle!
  17. I've had good results using the old subwoofer/listening spot trick. Put your sub at your normal listening spot, put on some music with lots of info below 100hz and move around the room listening for the most balanced bass. Where it sounds best is a good place to place the sub.
  18. Happy Birthday Kerry!
  19. One thing that I mentioned back when I bought my iMac (July 2019) is it doesn't have the T2 security chip. I was considering an iMac Pro but the cost and the fact that it has the T2 chip made up my mind against it. The chip is supposed to have some minor performance advantages IIRC, but the big drawback for me is it requires factory upgrades of the processor and the boot drive. Of course, upgrading those aren't as easy in the iMac's. OWC considers them to be moderate to difficult for users to upgrade, but upgrades and repairs are important to me. Just sayin' (the redesigned iMac will almost certainly include the T2)
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    Speaker Porn

    Haven't heard a pair of Magico's in ages! Must be awesome!
  21. Rick's my favorite "Sad Old Dude" on YT! His book is excellent too.
  22. This one's for (recent) residents of the Pacific NW. I'm assuming that some of this info would be included in a decent education on local geo-history (right?). For me, I just dig volcanos!
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