England vs USA: Lionesses’ squad – Who they play for, age, caps, goals

first_imgCaptain Steph Houghton will lead her team over the coming weeks alongside star names such as Toni Duggan, Fran Kirby and Nikita Parris.Every England game will be live on talkSPORT this summer and here’s who will be on show for the Lionesses. 3 Sam Matterface and Danny Mills are full of praise for the England’s Ellen White Forwards:Toni Duggan, Barcelona: Age – 27, Caps – 75, Goals – 22Fran Kirby, Chelsea: Age – 25, Caps – 43, Goals – 12Beth Mead, Arsenal: Age – 24, Caps – 17, Goals – 5Nikita Parris, Manchester City: Age – 25, Caps – 39, Goals – 13Jodie Taylor, Seattle Reign: Age – 33, Caps – 45, Goals – 18Ellen White, Birmingham City: Age – 30, Caps – 86, Goals – 33 LATEST deals England and Barcelona star Toni Duggan 3 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update When is the Women’s World Cup?The tournament will be held between June 5 and July 7, 2019.France is hosting the tournament, with the final being held at the Olympic Stadium in Lyon.Women’s World Cup live on talkSPORTtalkSPORT has exclusive rights to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with every England and Scotland game being brought to you LIVE across the talkSPORT network.England’s huge clash with the USA will be live on talkSPORT tonight.Commentaries will be shared across talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2, as we capture all the colour from France, analysis of the action and build-up to the biggest ever event in women’s football. Midfielders:Karen Carney, Chelsea: Age – 31, Caps – 143, Goals – 32Jade Moore, Reading: Age – 28, Caps – 48, Goals – 1Jill Scott, Manchester City: Age – 32, Caps – 141, Goals – 25Lucy Staniforth, Birmingham City: Age – 26, Caps – 11, Goals – 2Georgia Stanway, Manchester City: Age – 20, Caps – 12, Goals – 1Keira Walsh, Manchester City: Age – 22, Caps – 19, Goals – 0 getty England Women’s World Cup squadGoalkeepers: Karen Bardsley, Manchester City: Age – 34, Caps – 81, Goals – 0Mary Earps, Wolfsburg: Age – 26, Caps – 5, Goals – 0Carly Telford, Chelsea: Age – 31, Caps – 19, Goals – 0Defenders: Millie Bright, Chelsea: Age – 25, Caps – 31, Goals 0Lucy Bronze, Lyon: Age – 27, Caps – 73, Goals – 8Rachel Daly, Houston Dash: Age – 27, Caps – 25, Goals – 3Alex Greenwood, Manchester United: Age – 25, Caps – 40, Goals – 3Steph Houghton (captain), Manchester City: Age – 31, Caps – 110, Goals – 13Abbie McManus, Manchester City: Age – 26, Caps – 15, Goals – 0Demi Stokes, Manchester City: Age – 27, Caps – 53, Goals – 1Leah Williamson, Arsenal: Age – 22, Caps – 8, Goals – 0 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS England captain Steph Houghton will be key at the Women’s World Cup Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January boost GETTY Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers REVEALED center_img JIBE TROPHY Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions punished Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January England’s Lionesses are busy preparing for their huge Women’s World Cup semi-final against the USA tonight.Phil Neville’s side have been superb at the tournament so far and they remain firmly in the hunt to beat the world’s best to the trophy. targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea 3 Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Phil Neville has named his squad for France New job Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenlast_img read more

‘Clean’ Letterkenny continues to improve in litter survey

first_imgLetterkenny has been ranked as ‘Clean to European Norms’, according to the final litter survey of 2018 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).The town, which is the only area of Donegal included in the study, earned 14th in a list of 40 Irish town and cities.The survey carried out by An Taisce found that over half of the sites visited in Letterkenny got the top litter grade and there were no seriously littered sites. The report found that top ranking sites included Ballymacool Park (which was praised as an “excellent park site with regard to presentation and litter”) and both the residential areas of West Hill and Ballymacool. “Any of the sites which were littered could be easily addressed as litter tended to be in very specific and identifiable locations within the survey site,” said the report.Over the past two years Letterkenny has established its position as a consistently Clean town. While almost all of Ireland’s main towns are clean, IBAL said that pockets of cities continue to be littered and are not improving. Fermoy won the title of the cleanest town among those ranked according to litter levels in 2018, with Waterford City again winning Ireland’s cleanest city.The IBAL awards will be presented today (Monday) by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton.‘Clean’ Letterkenny continues to improve in litter survey was last modified: January 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SATURDAY SIX – The 6 Highest-Rated Rides at Walt Disney World

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at The Six Highest-Rated Rides at Walt Disney World! A couple years ago the SATURDAY SIX commissioned a special blue-ribbon panel featuring some of the biggest names in the online Disney community to rank the best attractions at WDW. This year, we’re looking towards YOU, Dear Reader, to see what you think are the best. Len Testa himself sent the results of this year’s TouringPlans surveys – via an armored car – for us to evaluate. This week we are going to countdown the top six rides, next week the top six shows and spectaculars, and after that the lowest-rated attractions (we’re looking in your direction Stitch’s Great Escape….) Enough with the pleasantries, today we’ll look at what WDW rides you like the most, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…# 6 – Splash MountainWith the upcoming closures of The Great Movie Ride and Universe of Energy, we’re losing two of the longer rides at Disney World. There’s something to be said about intense 3 1/2 minute experiences, but we also like the laid back 10-20 minute epic adventures. Splash Mountain is long, and a lot of it is really peaceful (along with a couple great “fake outs.”) There are a ton of animatronics in the ride, including the show stopping Showboat scene at the end. The big drop gives you an incredible view of the park, and makes for a truly magical moment if you begin your descent while fireworks are going off in front of you. A wonderful family ride, Splash Mountain can also be a way to introduce younger riders to the type of sensations they will have on roller coasters. They may be hesitant to try rides like Big Thunder when seeing the trains speed by, but one ride on Splash Mountain will more than likely get them in the mood to experience even more.Overall Score: 4.5/5Splash Mountain. (photo by Mike Sperduto)The calm stretches of Splash Mountain are my personal favorite. (photo by Brian Carey)Get ready for the big drop at Splash Mountain! (photo by Brian Carey)A successful drop! (photo by Michael Carelli)Hulk Hogan on Splash Mountain during an episode of Thunder in Paradise.Boy Meets World goes to Splash Mountain in one of the more implausible scenes from that episode.Splash at night. (photo by Michael Carelli)–Wait a minute. You never heard the Splash Mountain Rap?! Once you watch you will never, ever be able to forget it (believe us, we tried!)–# 5 – Kilimanjaro SafarisAnother great “long” ride, Kilimanjaro Safaris has a huge bonus in its “re-ride factor.” Each and every ride on the Safaris is literally a completely different experience and some can include once in a lifetime moments. The attraction’s footprint is so big that you could actually fit the entire Magic Kingdom inside of it, making the scope of the attraction larger than anything else at WDW. While the Cast Members driving your vehicle don’t have the jokes of a Jungle Cruise skipper, they do provide a wealth of knowledge on what you are seeing as you drive by. Animals such as Ankole cattle, wildebeests, pink backed pelicans, hyenas, giraffes, and even rhinos roam apparently free, while predators such as lions, and potentially dangerous animals like hippos and cheetahs, are separated from both prey and guests by all-but-invisible, natural-appearing barriers. For every other attraction on this list there is at least an equivalent you can compare it to at one of Disney’s competitors, except Kilimanjaro Safaris. This ride is one of a kind.Overall Score: 4.6/5Kilimanjaro Safaris. (photo by Brian Carey)Kilimanjaro Safaris. (photo by Brian Carey)Kilimanjaro Safaris. (photo by Brandon Glover)The male Lion at Kilimanjaro Safaris as seen on 99 out of every 100 trips. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Baobab tree. (photo by Brandon Glover)]]-# 4 – Expedition EverestWe’re staying at Animal Kingdom for our next ride, and this is one attraction that made a HUGE impact on the park starting on day one. In fact, Expedition Everest is single-handedly responsible for so many guests visiting the park that Disney seemingly doesn’t want to risk shutting it down to fix a major story element: the non-working Yeti. For 99.44% of the audience, the fact that the Yeti does not move has no bearing on their love of the ride. It’s absolutely gorgeous to look at, has a wonderful story from the queue-through-the-ride, and is positively thrilling. Going backwards through the dark is one of the coolest experiences on any Disney attraction. Everest gets bonus points for being one of the only Disney rides with a Single Rider queue, and also has a underrated gift shop which offers a ton of unique merchandise (including the adorable snow leopard plush that in storyline Daisy Duck gave to The Yeti…like we could make that up.)Overall Score: 4.7/5Expedition Everest. (photo by Tim Grassey)Everest in the background. (photo by Brandon Glover)No matter how you look at it, this Disney Mountain is impressive. (photo by Brandon Glover)The imposing first lift hill on Everest with a sun burst that JJ Abrahms himself would love. (photo by Mike Sperduto)Speeding along on Everest. (photo by Mike Sperduto)The famous “broken track” moment on Everest. (photo by Brian Carey)The infamous bird on a stick, which can be rarer to see on Everest than a walking male lion on Kilimanjaro Safaris. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 3 – Soarin’ Around The WorldI may have to recuse myself on this one, because  – for me – the original Soarin’ at EPCOT is one of my all-time favorite attractions and its replacement, Soarin’ Around The World, at times drives me crazy. Clearly, I’m in the minority on this one as scores for the new version of Soarin’ are still through the roof. I can also personally attest that – just as the old version – the ride is the only attraction at WDW that you can count on an impromptu audience applause at the end of every single ride. I will say the appeal of having major cities from all over the world instead of just places in California is – in theory – a much stronger concept. I also love that the attraction itself ends with us flying over EPCOT. Soarin’ Around The World still delivers the wonderful sensation of actually flying, along with involving other senses to really amp up the enjoyment factor.Overall Score: 4.8/5Soarin’ Around The World. (photo by Tim Grassey)Soarin’ Around The World, as seen by someone with an early morning ADR to Garden Grill before the attraction opens. (photo by Julia Mascardo)Soarin’ queue in its normal state. To be fair, this has gotten MUCH better with the addition of the third theater. (photo by Julia Mascardo)E-Ticket Ride with A-Ticket Queue. Actually, is there something worse than “A ticket?” A-minus ticket? (photo by Julia Mascardo)Soarin’ pre-show. (photo by Julia Mascardo)–# 2 – Toy Story Midway ManiaWith Toy Story Midway Mania, Disney achieved pretty much the impossible. It created a game that can be competitively enjoyed by every demographic. Young or old. Male or female. Skilled or unskilled. With its intuitive gameplay, Midway Mania takes our favorite characters from the Toy Story series of films and uses them in an interactive shooting gallery game that will entertain everyone in the family. The queue alone is going to bring a smile to every adult who walks through it, as it is filled with references to classic toys and games we grew up with. The actual Midway Mania game is a visual tour de force, with bright and colorful 3D CGI graphics that flow seamlessly and make the attraction ingeniously addictive.Overall Score: 4.9/5Toy Story Midway Mania. (photo by Brandon Glover)Mr. Potato Head in his former state. We are hoping he returns when Pixar Place opens up next year with a new entrance for Midway Mania. (photo by Brandon Glover)Burgan Fine Art. (photo by Brandon Glover)Etch A Sketch. (photo by Brandon Glover)Toy Story Midway Mania. (photo by Brandon Glover)Toy Story Midway Mania. (photo by Brandon Glover)Toy Story Midway Mania. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 1 – Flight of PassageAnimal Kingdom back on the list with a THIRD attraction. Now that in and of itself is an incredible accomplishment. Disney put a lot of time, effort, and money into creating Pandora – The World of Avatar and for the land to truly succeed the Flight of Passage attraction needed to be a true E-Ticket. Not only did Imagineering create one of the best rides on property, they also built a queue that can go toe-to-toe with Universal’s Forbidden Journey and Escape From Gringotts, which is no small feat!While the queue is astonishingly long, it is unique and contains so many incredible details for guests to look at and interact with, that even during extremely long waits people will be entertained by their surroundings (as compared to the queue for Soarin’ Around the World, where every minute in the queue feels like five.) The queue starts as guests are still enjoying the Na’vi world of Pandora, with gorgeous views of the outside plant life mixed with inside design features such as Na’vi artwork telling the story of their connection with Banshees. Further into the queue brings you to a wild jungle experience until you finally reach the research lab. The lab portion of the queue features tons of details that make it feel like a legitimate work environment, including drawings from the researcher’s kids. The lab also features a show-stopping moment featuring a Na’vi in suspended animation. This floating animatronic has one of those how did they do that qualities that is true Disney magic.The actual Flight of Passage ride can best be described as the love child of Soarin’ and Star Tours, but it is better than that. Despite being loaded onto what looks like a stationary bike, it is not long before you feel like you are actually riding a Banshee. The sounds, the smells, and the movement of your ride vehicle mixed with the amazingly crisp 3D visuals on the screen before you, combine to deliver a truly remarkable experience that you’ll immediately want to do again. I mentioned earlier that the original Soarin’ is one of my all-time favorite rides, but Flight of Passage has now surpassed it.Overall Score: 4.9/5Cave drawings. (photo by Brandon Glover)(photo by Brandon Glover)Flight of Passage queue. (photo by Brandon Glover)(photo by Brandon Glover)Some pretty familiar handprints in the exit corridor of Flight of Passage. (photo by Brandon Glover)–So there you have it: The Six Highest-Rated Rides at Walt Disney World! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).That’s how bloggers percieve money too.If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:6 Disney References You May Have Missed in James Cameron’s AVATAR filmSix Reasons Animal Kingdom is NOT a Half Day ParkSix Reasons We Love Disney’s Animal Kingdom LodgeThe 6 Highest-Rated Shows and Spectaculars at WDWThe SATURDAY SIX Uses Disney Villains to Explain Theme Park BloggingSix Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exist (But Totally Should!)Special Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, photo wunderkind Mike Sperduto, the Sommelier of Tony’s Town Square Brian Carey, Outlet Intern Jammin’ Julia Mascardo, Mr. ‘Ohana Tim Grassey, hot shot Michael Carelli, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with goofballs co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde , while fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2017 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!NOT an actual image from Flight of Passage. Not yet at least….last_img read more

In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of August 9, 2019

first_imgShare This!What an epic week….with new theme parks being announced and missing quarterly projections, following the theme parks has certainly gotten interesting. What are your thoughts on the theme park competitions?This week you may have missed news about new additions for Disney+, find out what ABC has up its sleeves, and there’s a new patent from Universal that has us intrigued. Let’s dive in!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsThe Orlando Sentinel interviewed Disney’s Animal Kingdom VP, Djuan Rivers. Find out just how close he is to Expedition Everest and why.This week was a big week for Disney as they announced their quarterly earnings…and things were a little….interesting, as attendance fell at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World this time, with earnings per share much lower than expected.  Due to the missed projections, Disney stock also took a hit this week.This makes me very excited. You’ll be able to bundle Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month!If you are going to be purchasing Disney+, it has been announced that there will be Home Alone, Night at the Museum, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid reboots. Thoughts?The Lion King had another big weekend, earning $72 million and it is now the second-biggest movie of the year globally with $1.195 billion. In addition, Toy Story 4 is nearing a box office milestone of it inches closer to the $1 billion mark. Its international box office is currently sitting at $959 million.There’s going to be another live action The Little Mermaid, but it won’t be where you think…this version will air on ABC and will feature Auli’i Cravalho, Queen Latifah, and Shaggy. The Little Mermaid will air on November 5.This is going to be awesome. The Goldbergs will be headed to Disneyland on the season premiere this year. My DVR will be set!Blooloop spoke to Patrick Braillard who is a Creative Development Show Director and Writer at Universal Orlando Resort, to see what’s in store for Halloween Horror Nights 29. What are you looking most forward to this year?Oh my goodness…this looks intense. Universal has filed a patent for two new tower rides – one with interactive features, and one with rooms stacked up a tower with a rotating lift system. Curious to see if and what they’ll use it for.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Toy Story 4 Hot and Cold Food Container and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.last_img read more

Stephen Wolfram Thinks Instagram is “Completely Nuts” For Writing Its Own Photo Filters

first_imgThe easy news at South by Southwest yesterday was that Instagram has reached 27 million users and has indeed built the expected Android version. The hard news is that it may have wasted lots of time and effort along the way.In a talk today entitled “Computation and Its Impact on the Future”, Stephen Wolfram took a rapt audience on a tour of Wolfram Alpha and the Mathematica kernel that underlies it. To demonstrate Mathematica’s capabilities, he wrote some software right in front of us to upload and filter photos. It took 10 seconds and two lines of code.Wolfram’s goal developing Mathematica was to make the easiest programming language in the world to learn and use. He began designing it by thinking about the kinds of queries people ask about the world around them. The basic primitives of the language are fundamental mathematical and scientific concepts.It’s designed for its different components to easily share data and operations with each other. It also knows how to select the best algorithm it has for the user’s particular problem. That’s how Wolfram Alpha can understand natural language and turn a human question into a tailor-made program on the fly. Photo filters like Instagram’s are almost like native capabilities for Mathematica. “There’s tons of stuff in image processing that uses graph theory and linear programming and all kinds of things,” Wolfram explained to me after his presentation. “Those things are just sort of free for us. Whereas if somebody else is writing this specialized image processing system, they’ve got to send some engineer off for a year to create these things.”And Mathematica is lighter than recent, trendier languages, too. Wolfram explains: “Because we started building Mathematica in 1986, when memory was extremely expensive, we’ve had an engineering discipline that’s meant that we’ve kept things like the memory footprint quite small. The Mathematica kernel is probably 100 megabytes, which is quite modest by modern standards. And its working space can be quite small for doing quite sophisticated things.”So why are so many companies working so hard to invent their own solutions?“I think it’s kind of bizarre, frankly,” Wolfram says. “While [some developers] are using Mathematica in their software, so many commercially available applications are reinventing the wheel unnecessarily.”“There is a thought, which is, ‘Gosh, we’ve got a specific problem to solve. Let’s use a special-purpose system that was just designed for that specific thing.’ That’s actually really wrong thinking.”“Or maybe they use some library that they’ve found for doing it, but then they rely on the fact that the library works they way they think it does, they have to build all this glue code and so on.”“I think the ability to have Mathematica embedded in other applications, which we’re working towards from a technology deployment point of view this year, that will make it dramatically easier to do things like make photo filters. Because yes, it’s completely nuts.”“When you’re using Mathematica to design these things, it only takes a few seconds to get a new photo filter set up. Or, more to the point, you can write a program that just enumerates thousands of photo filters, look at the results and pick out the ones you like. It’s a much more efficient way to work on things.”Fortunately, Wolfram is working on making it “dead-easy” to deploy Mathematica in existing apps. So rather than reinventing the wheel, app developers will be able to use Mathematica’s foundation of real-world scientific functions instead of inventing abstractions out of whole cloth or patching them together from other libraries. jon mitchell Tags:#conferences#science#SXSW 2012#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

(AUDIO) Columbia police chief Geoff Jones

first_imgGeoff Jones found out on Monday he will get to live out a dream he had as a kid, and become Columbia’s next permanent police chief. He joined Wake Up Columbia on Tuesday.last_img

Considerations when tuning your Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series based server?

first_imgThis blog post is meant to discuss some of the considerations for performance tuning your Intel® Xeon® Processor 5500 (“Nehalem-EP”) series based server. I’d like to do this by discussing the un-boxing process.Step 1. Place the box on the floorStep 2. Open the boxStep 3. Carefully remove the server.Step 4. Plug the server into a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.Step 5. Plug the server into the wall socket.Step 6. Power on the server.There. You are done tuning your Nehalem-EP based server for performance. “Really?” you ask? Well mostly. There are some considerations and I’ll discuss them. I can speak to this subject as I was asked to tune this class of system using the TPC-Cand TPC-Ebenchmarks.BIOS / Firmware / DriversIt is very important to remember to update your system’s BIOS, firmware, and OS drivers before you do any deep performance tuning. I cannot over state the importance of this step. Your system’s manufacturer should be able to provide the latest BIOS and firmware associated with your server. OS drivers are available through many sources these days. Typically these can be downloaded from OS vendors, hardware vendors, from the Linux open source community, or the platform’s manufacturer.A good example of this is the SATA driver associated with the ICH10. The ICH10 is part of the chipset that supports Nehalem-EP. I recommend going to Intel’s website and using the Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver for the SATA controller.Understand your systemLast year, Nehalem launched for the desktop market segment. Now it is time for the server market. The Nehalem-EP processor is meant to be used in dual processor (DP) socket systems. Nehalem-EP is the follow on to the Intel Xeon Processor 5400 (“Harpertown”) series. However, Nehalem-EP is really very different from Harpertown. The Nehalem-EP processor is based on the Intel Core i7. The Nehalem-EP processor inherits the same architectural features as the Intel Core i7. Once you understand these features, then you can better tune your system for performance. L3 Cache:Nehalem-EP uses a level 3 cache. Depending on which SKU you are using it can be 4MB or 8MB in size. If you are interested in performance, then I would encourage you to pick the larger cache size SKU. Hyper Threading Technology:If some threads is good then more threads is better. This is where Hyper threading technologycomes in to play. Nehalem-EP provides this technology out of the box. So, on a typical DP server this will give your system 16 threads of processing goodness.Intel Quick Path Interconnect:Nehalem-EP supports a CPU interconnect known as Intel Quick Path Interconnect (QPI). This interconnect is the replacement for the Front Side Bus of old. QPI provides a point to point link to each of the processors and the Intel X58 chipset. The Nehalem-EP supports QPI speeds of up to 6.4GT/s. This provides a theoretical bandwidth of 25.6 GB/s. This is a welcome shift for Intel’s designs for the future.Turbo Boost Technology:As with the desktop SKUs of Nehalem, the Nehalem-EP supports Turbo Boost technology. This technology will run the CPU at a higher frequency than its rating. It will increase the frequency in steps of 133MHz until it achieves its upper thermal and electrical design requirements. Turbo Boost Technology is dynamic. In other words, the processor will decrease its core frequency if the temperature is too high. If your application is sensitive to core frequency changes and does not fully utilize all cores, then it may benefit from this technology.Integrated Memory Controller:Another key feature of Nehalem based processors is that they have the memory controller integrated into the processor. This allows for much lower memory latencies. The Nehalem-EP supports three channels of DDR3 memory. It is important to talk about DDR3 memory and population on Nehalem-EP based servers. As mentioned before Nehalem-EP supports three channels of memory and supports 800, 1067, and 1333 MT/s memory speeds. Those speeds are dependent on how many channels are populated with DIMMs. For instance, 1333 MT/s is supported in a single DIMM per channel configuration. 1067MT/s is supported in a single DIMM per channel and two DIMMs per channel configuration. 800MT/s is supported in all configurations. These speeds are based on dual ranked DIMMs. If you plan on filling up all the memory slots with as many DIMMS as possible you will end up running at 800MT/s. So, here is the consideration. Does your application need all that memory or could it use less memory running at a higher speed? If the answer is yes to the latter, then perhaps running two DIMMS per channel at 1067 MT/s is the best configuration.To wrap things up here, we have looked at the new and Nehalem architecture, the importance of BIOS/ firmware/ OS drivers, and memory population. Your application’s performance will vary, but I hope I have given you some things to narrow down your performance testing. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post. For more great performance methodology tips please check out Shannon Cepeda’s blogposts on performance tuning.last_img read more

Indian hockey team wins second Test of Europe Tour against France, claims series

first_imgAfter clinching the opener 2-0 India men’s hockey team outclassed France 4-1 in the second match of the Europe Tour at the Wattignies Sports Centre here on Wednesday.Gurjinder Singh scored twice, Amir and Rupinder Pal Singh found the target once each for India, while Baumgarten pulled one back for the hosts.While it was the French who looked determined and displayed their best stick work throughout the first quarter, the Indian men were in no mood to give away the possession to the opponents and took away the ball from them displaying great speed and short passing skills.Also read: India women’s hockey team looks to rework on their strategyBy virtue of their even rotation across the field, India were awarded a penalty corner but it was efficiently saved by the French goalkeeper. France constantly looked for opportunities to pierce the Indian defence, but the visitors went on the attack and Gurjinder Singh’s drag flick from a penalty corner in the 14th minute helped make the tally 1-0 as the first quarter came to an end.France came back strongly in the second quarter with Baumgarten scoring a field goal in the 21st minute. Thereafter they were awarded a penalty corner but the shot was nicely saved by Kothajit Singh.The Indians were quick to respond with attacks from both flanks, and reaped rich rewards as Amir hit a rebound from a penalty corner into the net.India led 2-1 at halftime.Recap: India beat France 2-0 in first hockey Test of Europe TouradvertisementAfter the breather, India stepped on the gas once again keeping France under relentless pressure while at the other end Indian goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh stood as a wall for the defence whenever France tried to penetrate the goal-box.The Indian men ensured good possession of the ball and after earning a couple of penalty corners, luck favoured the tourists, with Gurjinder successfully converting another penalty corner in the 44th minute. India now led 3-1.Rupinder then hammered in an insurance goal in the 52nd minute.After winning the series 2-0, India now travel to Spain and play their next match on August 10 at Sant Cugat del Valles.last_img read more