You know the world is a different place when shipping 2.58 million servers in a quarter feels like a slowdown, a disappointment, and perhaps a leading indicator of an overall economic slowdown in the world
"But the slight 5.1 percent downtick in server shipments in the first quarter of 2019 is probably more a function of the hyperscalers and cloud builders having spent a fortune on infrastructure in late 2017 and early 2018 and then waiting to see what the future holds for future processors from Intel and AMD.
In the quarter ended in March, according to the box counters at IDC, those 2.58 million server shipments drove a 4.4 percent increase in revenues, to $19.8 billion, and the fact that companies are buying increasingly rich configurations, with more main memory, lots of flash, and occasionally GPU or FPGA accelerators, is doing its part to keep the money pile growing even if it is possibly not doing as much as we might hope to increase the profitability of bending metal to build servers..."
Doubles PCIe 4.0 spec bandwidth in less than two years.
"PCI-SIG announced PCIe 5.0 specification, reaching 32GT/s transfer rates, while maintaining low power and backwards compatibility with previous technology generations..."
"New data-intensive applications are driving demand for unprecedented levels of performance," said Al Yanes, chairman and president, PCI-SIG. "Completing the PCIe 5.0 specification in 18 months is a major achievement, and it is due to the commitment of our members who worked diligently to evolve PCIe technology to meet the performance needs of the industry. The PCIe architecture will continue to stand as the defacto standard for high performance I/O for the foreseeable future..."
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