Focus on ‘Logistics-Centred’ Economy Will Influence Business Atmosphere – Ffolkes-Abrahams

first_imgFocus on ‘Logistics-Centred’ Economy Will Influence Business Atmosphere – Ffolkes-Abrahams CommerceJune 4, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, says that the government’s thrust to establish and sustain a ‘logistics-centred’ economy, will result in a more efficient and business friendly atmosphere.Addressing a cocktail reception to welcome participants of the 5th Annual Caribbean Microfinance Forum at the Iberostar Rose Hall Hotel Suites in Montego Bay on Monday, June 2, the State Minister reiterated government’s support for the conference which is being staged under the theme, “Building An Environment for Entrepreneurs To Excel”.She noted that the theme is in keeping with government’s position on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, but it also means “greater wealth-creating opportunities, jobs and inclusive growth; greater opportunities and rewards for entrepreneurship; more possibilities for innovation; doing things faster, more efficiently and in general, an improved business environment with far less bureaucracy.”Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams pointed to great expectations across the business environment, informing that over the period 2013 to 2016, the global microfinance market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 16.6 percent which, she said, can be used as an indicator of future growth of regional markets.“Have we ever stopped to seriously ask the question, ‘why is it that we care about micro enterprises and micro finance?’ Why is it that we have in excess of 10,000 micro finance institutions globally? Why is it that in Latin America and the Caribbean we have more than 600 micro finance institutions with billions of dollars in loans to more than 10 million low-income clients?  Why is it that global growth of 15 to 20 per cent is expected in the micro-finance industry during 2014?” Minister Ffolkes-Abrahams enquired.She suggested that Jamaica’s economy at this time needs small business development and growth, and the financing to offer support to the sector.“We are building an environment for entrepreneurs to excel … here in Jamaica and across the Caribbean and we want to welcome and congratulate all of you who are here to participate in this forum which is expected to plan for the development of this initiative,” Minister Ffolkes-Abrahams said.Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, Glendon Harris welcomed the over 155 delegates and presenters from across the region.The Mayor advanced the view that  micro financing was the solution to reducing unemployment in the country.“We have been going through challenging times over the years and I am sure that with the right opportunities, our Jamaican people will greatly improve and enhance their entrepreneurship and move up the economic ladder, reducing poverty in the country.  We hope that this conference will serve to enlighten and empower persons to be better entrepreneurs,” Mayor Harris noted.Participants in the four-day forum will be exploring best practices and trends, as well as challenges being faced within micro enterprises and microfinance providers.The forum is being jointly funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund (a member of the IDB) the European Union, Caribbean Development Bank, the Citi Foundation. RelatedGovernment’s Commitment to Enhancing Business Underscored RelatedNational Certification Body to Host Stakeholders Forum Story HighlightsThe government’s thrust to establish and sustain a ‘logistics-centred’ economy, will result in a more efficient and business friendly atmosphere.State Minister Ffolkes-Abrahams suggested that Jamaica’s economy at this time needs small business development and growth, and the financing to offer support to the sector.Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council, Glendon Harris advanced the view that micro financing was the solution to reducing unemployment in the country. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams addressing participants in the welcome reception of the 5th Annual Caribbean Microfinance Forum held at the Iberostar Rose Hall Hotel Suites in Montego Bay yesterday (June 2).Some 155 delegates and presenters from across the region, North America, Europe, Pacific Asia Fiji and Africa are participating in the four-day event (June 2 to 5).Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Glendon Harris (left) has the attention of (from right) Programme Manager and CEO of Development Options Limited, Maureen Webber Related150 Jobs for First Phase of Kingston Wharves Logistics Project Focus on ‘Logistics-Centred’ Economy Will Influence Business Atmosphere – Ffolkes-AbrahamsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisementslast_img read more

‘Roc on’ for 32nd edition of Roc d’Azur!

first_imgThe 32nd edition of the Roc d’Azur off-road and mountain bike festival got going on 7 October under the sunny skies of Fréjus in south-eastern France. More than 1,400 schoolchildren kicked off five days of sport and fun —five days that have once again attracted over 20,000 fans.This week, Wednesday afternoon’s Générations Roc saw 1,250 primary and secondary school students from the Académie de Nice, 150 representatives of associations in Fréjus and Roquebrune-sur-Argens, and 100 disabled people leave the first tracks on the paths of the François-Léotard Nature Base in Fréjus.Produced by A.S.O, the numbers for the iconic trail and MBK events on 7-11 October are impressive:More 20,000 participants, more than 100,000 visitorsNearly 300 exhibitors and 200 bikes to test at the Exhibition10 tons of food supplies50 countries representedThe Roc d’Azur took things up a notch on Thursday, when the expo opened at 10:00 CET (09:00 for the rest of the week), with 300 exhibitors displaying their wares over 28,000 m2, and the Roc Test Camp getting under way, where visitors get to try out the latest products to hit the market.Visitors will also enjoy the wide range of activities on the main Roc d’Azur programme. The EnduRoc, a popular event for several years, will see sparks fly in its five timed specials. The Tri Roc, the off-road version of triathlon, which made its Roc debut in 2012, will challenge triathletes to 1.5K of swimming in the Mediterranean, 24K of MTB in Les Maures massif and 11K of trail running.The programme will be packed with events up to Sunday. Two of the traditional highlights come on Friday, with the Canyon Roc Marathon (82K) for the toughest riders and the Roc Ruelles through the historical heart of Fréjus.After Saturday, when the focus will be on leisure rides, such as the Alltricks.com Rando Roc Noire (50K); and Sunday’s Roc d’Azur (56K) will see 5,200 riders go head-to-head in the traditional but always awaited finale of the 32nd edition of the Roc. As the organising team points out, ‘the Roc continues to grow and evolve.’www.rocazur.comwww.asochallenges.com Relatedlast_img read more

DR Congo elections body delays voting in three cities

first_imgThe Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral authority on Wednesday said it had postponed Sunday’s presidential election in three cities until next March due to insecurity and the outbreak of the Ebola virus.The latest move means the votes from the three cities – Yumbi, Beni and Butembo – would not be taken into account in the landmark presidential poll.The electoral body however confirmed that the elections will go on as scheduled in the other regions of the vast central African country.Final results for the presidential election will be announced on January 15 and the new president sworn in on January 18.The DR Congo presidential election was initially scheduled for November 2016, but the electoral body, CENI, said it was not able to conduct the poll due to logistical challenges.Opposition leaders accused President Joseph Kabila of frustrating the elections as a means of clinging on to power, allegations he denied.Should the elections now go on smoothly as planned, this will be the first time the DR Congo witnesses a peaceful transfer of power since its independence in 1960.Related DR Congo Massacre DR Congo opposition opposes postponement of electionscenter_img DR Congo to fully finance December electionslast_img read more

No. 10 UWF keeps momentum against Shorter, wins 9-0

first_img    ROME, Ga. – The No. 10 West Florida women’s tennis team extended its winning streak to four matches and its GSC winning streak to 16 matches with a 9-0 victory over Shorter Saturday on the road.The Argonauts (8-3, 4-0 GSC) haven’t lost a regular-season match against a GSC opponent since March 26, 2010 against Valdosta State.UWF is one of two undefeated teams in conference play. North Alabama is 4-0 in the conference.The Argos won every set against Shorter as the Hawks fell to 6-5, 3-2 GSC.UWF will host UNA March 24 at 2 p.m. at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS##10 West Florida 9, Shorter University 003/16/13 at Rome, Ga. Singles competition1. Monika Kochanova (UWF) def. Candice Laurent (SU) 6-1, 6-12. Luiza Sonnervig (UWF) def. Iesha Holton (SU) 6-1, 6-33. Nina Bubelova (UWF) def. Aurelie Gaborit (SU) 6-0, 6-34. #36 Giovana Patitucci (UWF) def. Sicquena Sinclair (SU) 6-2, 6-15. Fernanda Amaral (UWF) def. Aurore Beltrando (SU) 6-1, 6-26. Heather May Walton (UWF) def. Alicia Gallard (SU) 7-5, 6-1Doubles competition1. Monika Kochanova/Giovana Patitucci (UWF) def. Aurelie Gaborit/Candice Laurent (SU) 8-02. Luiza Sonnervig/Mariana Sonnervig (UWF) def. Sicquena Sinclair/Iesha Holton (SU) 8-33. Fernanda Amaral/Nina Bubelova (UWF) def. Alicia Gallard/Aurore Beltrando (SU) 8-2Match NotesWest Florida 8-3; National ranking #10; Regional ranking #4Shorter University 6-5Print Friendly Version Share No. 10 UWF keeps momentum against Shorter, wins 9-0center_img Fernanda Amaral and the Argos are one of two undefeated in conference play (Photo by UWF Athletic Communications) last_img read more

Movie draws public – and pirates

first_imgElvis (Kenneth Nkosi) and Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo) on the road in the Eastern Cape in this still from White Wedding.(Image: White Wedding) Kenneth Nkosi, Jann Turner Rapulana Seiphemo together formed Stepping Stone Pictures to produce White Wedding. (Image: Stepping Stone Pictures)Samson MulugetaFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialSouth Africa’s new comedy film White Wedding has been such an unexpected hit on local screens it has already attracted the interest of DVD pirates – but the film-makers are fighting back.Six weeks after its launch, White Wedding – best described as a road-and-buddy movie – is still on the local cinema circuit, drawing record numbers of viewers and competing strongly with Hollywood blockbusters produced with budgets hundreds of times more.That is a remarkable achievement, according to the local film industry. Normally, exhibitors are quite unsentimental in removing films that don’t perform well.“Usually, a local film lasts a week, and sometimes two,” said Jam Kaunda, a Johannesburg-based director and writer of Proof Positive, a romantic comedy.  “I’m impressed that White Wedding is still showing after more than a month.”White Wedding tells of two friends – the dependable Elvis (Kenneth Nkosi) and womanising Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo) – as they drive through the Eastern Cape to Cape Town for Elvis’s wedding to the beautiful Ayanda. Their journey doesn’t go smoothly, as along the way they have a series of mishaps and run into a variety of characters, from a young British doctor who is fleeing her fiancé, to gun-toting white farmers.Nkosi and Seiphemo also helped finance the movie, forming production company Stepping Stone Pictures in partnership with Turner.The film hasn’t done better than the Leon Schuster franchise, a slapstick comedy model that always draws the crowds. But it’s outperformed other South African films – including the Oscar-winning Tsotsi.“In our opening weekend we were hoping to come in a comfortable third behind Tsotsi and Jerusalema, which had been the most successful non-Schusters to date,” said Jann Turner, the director of White Wedding.“By Sunday night we switched off our cell phones because they were ringing off the hook with compliments from friends and fans. Monday morning it was clear that we’d taken double Tsotsi’s opening weekend and quadrupled Jerusalema’s take. We came in at number three at the nationwide box office – behind Wolverine at one and Hannah Montana at two.”Coincidentally, Wolverine was directed by South African Gavin Hood, the director of Tsotsi.“That’s pretty amazing, that we came in so close to two movies with monster budgets and established brands,” said Turner. “We’re still in the top 10, but by our sixth weekend we were down at number seven.”Turner said that the film had done well in cinemas that draw very different demographics, from upmarket Sandton to Sterland, Cresta, Southgate, Montecasino, Maponya Mall in Soweto, and Key West in Roodepoort.“We’ve done well in all those places. So we’re pulling in an audience that varies widely across race, age, gender and class.”On the fourth weekend at Soweto’s Maponya Mall, White Wedding accounted for 50% of the total take at the box office even though the film was only one of eight movies showing in the Ster-Kinekor Theatres there, Turner said.Again with the exception of Leon Schuster films, most South African movies lose money.“We have tried to pay everyone and also to keep costs down,” Turner said. So we have spent about R6-million [US$740 000] on everything – from script development to marketing and digital prints“It looks like we are going to recoup that amount and that we’ll be able to pay our investor back.  That’s through local sales – cinema, pay TV, DVD, airline TV, regular TV. Anything we make after that we get to keep a part of – obviously our investor will take a chunk of the profit in return for his risk.“But still, it is possible that Stepping Stone Pictures will see some money from this some time down the line.  And that’s pretty amazing.”She added: “So – in retrospect – we look very clever. And people are talking about White Wedding as a model local film. In truth – at the time – we just tried very hard to keep our ownership structure simple, our costs down and to make the best possible film. “This success is despite the fact that White Wedding has drawn the attention of copyright pirates, with counterfeit DVD copies of the film being spotted in Johannesburg and Cape Town in the past few weeks.The filmmakers first learned that the film was pirated when film’s editor, Tanja Hagen, who lives in Cape Town, was told by her office cleaner how much she enjoyed White Wedding. It turned out the cleaner had not seen the movie in theatres, but watched a pirated DVD.The filmmakers reported the incident to the South African Federation Against Copyright Theft. The federation soon conducted simultaneous raids at train stations and taxi ranks in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria and confiscated thousands of pirated DVDs, known in local slang as “fong kongs.” Among the DVDs were copies of White Wedding.Actor Kenneth Nkosi was stepping into his bank in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, when he was approached by a man offering him an array of DVDs. The pirate realised too late that the man he’d approached bore a striking resemblance to the guy in one of the movies he was peddling.When Nkosi asked the hawker for a copy of White Wedding, the man shook his head and started to back away – but not before Nkosi landed a punch.According to Turner, Nkosi was furious.“Kenneth is a producer of the movie, one of its stars and also owes 25% of the R6-million we borrowed to make the movie,” she said. “He was naturally a bit upset at the idea of someone making money from his hard work. And of course Kenneth knows that we still have this huge amount to pay back to our investor.”The filmmakers scrambled to film public service announcements denouncing DVD piracy, posting them on Zoopy.com, one of South Africa’s most popular video sharing websites.In one of the announcements, actor Rapulana Seiphemo, sitting on a director’s chair at the Joubert Street taxi rank in Johannesburg, looks straight at the camera and appeals to film fans not to buy pirated copies.“If you buy pirated DVDs, not only are you denying me the opportunity to make more movies but you are also denying yourself the opportunity to be entertained by me in the future,” he says. “Please do not buy pirated DVDs. Stop it. It’s not funny.”Turner said the economics of making films is so precarious that a pirated DVD being peddled on the streets could be financially devastating.  A big part of the problem is that average people don’t understand the impact of buying illegal copies. “I think that’s a big part of the problem – people don’t think of it as stealing,” she said.“Imagine we came over to your house, took your TV, your computer, your microwave and your shoes and then set up a stall at the market near the Joubert Street taxi rank and sold your things.”It’s clearly a personal issue for Turner and the other producers, who have all risked their own money on the venture.“This is our baby we worked damn hard to make the film,” she said. “We borrowed huge amounts of money from our investor we took enormous risks and it’s nice to get a bit of glory and good reviews.“It’s really, really cool when people go see it and they pay money to do that – which allows us to pay back our investor and this shows that movies are worth investing in which allows us to raise money for our next movie.”Another part of the problem, Turner says, is the pricing of authentic DVDs.“The pirates have this big advantage – their price is very low,” she said. “I think a pirated DVD costs R30. The genuine DVD goes for around R100. So part of the problem in South Africa is that authorised DVDs cost more than most people can afford. We have to take that on board and try to come up with a strategy and solution.”In a developing country like South Africa, the film industry may have to look at ways of providing low-cost DVDs.“There is much talk in the industry of setting up a distribution network of no-frills DVDs that are good quality and authorised versions that would compete with the pirates,” said Turner.“The problem is that so far no one has put in the capital to make that happen. It’s risky because it involves competing with the vast informal sector. But it has to happen soon.“Stepping Stone would love to take part in that. So perhaps that will be one of our next ventures.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesTop honours for SA movie African film awards honour SA Gavin Hood – from Tsotsi to X-Men Bang Bang Club lives on in film Hollywood studio for Cape Town Cape Town: Africa’s Hollywood Useful linksWhite Wedding official siteStepping Stone Pictures South African Federation Against Copyright Theft Anti-piracy videos on Zoopylast_img read more

The Top 10 Things I Wish My iPhone Had Today

first_imgalex iskold 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting But that’s the least of my problems with the keyboard. Because the keys are too close to each other, more often thannot I type in a wrong letter. This is quite frustrating. As I press a letter, it enlarges – showingme what I just typed – but unfortunately it is always about a second late, since I already typed in the letter.If this was done earlier, perhaps I could have avoided the click. The auto complete that Apple built-inis helpful, but ultimately it does not solve the problem.Frankly I am out of ideas on how to improve the keyboard,but it definitely needs another pass to bring it up to par with the rest of the device.ConclusionWhile the iPhone has had me ravingn for the past couple of weeks, there are definitely things that need to be improved.This is not a surprise since this is just a first generation device. The really good news is that Apple is knownfor restless innovation and a drive to perfection (just compare the early iPods with the latest ones).And thesecond bit of good news is that a lot of the iPhone is software and software can be easily upgraded.When Apple improves the iPhone, it will roll out new versions of the software and all of us will seamlesslyget it. While this is not true for things like GPS and a speaker, it is true for most of the issues I’ve discussed.This is the greatest thing about having a phone (or anything else) as software – it can be easily upgraded.If you have an iPhone and have used it for the past few weeks, please share your experiences with us.What are your top missing features or things that you would like to see improved? Tags:#Analysis#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… To be frank, there are no deal breaker missing or broken features in the iPhone. It is a very wellthought-through device. In typical Apple style, the Occam’s Razor principle is followed – givingonly necessary functions and not adding bells and whistles. However, some applications on iPhone,email in particular, are still quite raw. As discussed in this poston TechCrunch, the email on iPhone is inferior to Blackberry in a number of ways. People also complain about the quality of the iPhone as an actual phone. However I can’t find much wrong with it as a phone – in fact, I like it better than the RAZR that it replaced.But here is my wish list for improvements and add-ons after using the iPhone for over two weeks.(It is possible that a feature I’ve noted is there and I simply missed it, but if that’s the caseplease point it out in the comments 🙂 )10. Bulk Select / Delete is missingThe lack of the ability to perform a bulk operation is always annoying.On iPhone, there is no way to select and therefore delete a bunch of emails or photos at once. I configuredthe iPhone to get my GMail messages via pop interface. As a result, my iPhone Inbox is flooded with emails.A few times a day I have to manually delete emails one at a time – this is very time consuming.Also bad is that due to the nature of pop protocol, all of my GMail emails (even older ones)are forwarded. So as soon as I delete some, more show up and I just don’t think I can delete all of them one by one!9. Camera does not have zoomThe iPhone has a nice built-in camera, but unfortunately it does not have a way to zoom.Even a basic 2x or 3x zoom would be great, as it is not always possible to get closer to things.8. There is no cache for YouTube videos, browser pages or mapsHaving YouTube on the iPhone is fantastic. Unfortunately there is no way to download videos toplay when you are offline (e.g. on a plane). An offline mode should be a natural for iPhone, particularly for videos,since it comes with a 6GB hard drive (at least mine does) – but it is practically empty. A setting to save the last 5 or 10 clipsthat I viewed would go a long way. The same applies to browser pages.7. Calculator is way too basicThis one is seemingly minor, but why couldn’t Apple put in a decent calculator withadvanced math functions. Sometimes it is handy to take a square root of 1324 [Ed: when? 🙂 ] and the iPhone calculator does not do it.Perhaps Apple was concerned that a lot of people would be confused by a sophisticated calculator, but I would bet that iPhone early adoptersare advanced enough for it.6. The speaker is not loud enoughThis is one is my biggest disappointments in the iPhone as a phone – when I place a call on speaker,it is not loud enough. Particularly when you dial someone and the phone is ringing, you can barely hear the rings.Since this is a hardware issue, unfortunately there is no hope to get this fixed with this version.5. Web pages take a long time to load in SafariIt is likely that this is more of a Cingular issue than an Apple one, but people aresure to perceive this as iPhone’s issue. This is obviously a really hard problem – loading internetpages over a phone network, but Apple jumped into this and so they need to do whatever it takesto make it faster. To be fair, it is not unusabl – it is just slow. Yet, it seems like thereare opportunities to create the impression of better performance, via caching and optimization.It’s likely the Apple team is already hard at work on this.4. Editing support is primitiveThe iPhone features a very light document editor called Notes. It is more cute then useful,with its stylish font and glamorous page flips. Instead, it would be good to have Copy/Paste supportas well as more rich editing features. A better editor is probably in the works, but for now notesare only good for quick shopping lists.3. There is no wireless syncAnother surprise is that the iPhone syncs only when it is connected to the computer using a physical cable.Perhaps Apple did this as a trick to get us to charge the phone more often (it seems to take a while to charge it fully, by the way).It would be cool to just put the iPhone next to my laptop and have them auto sync, but for now that’s not available.2. There is no built-in GPSThis is really a shame, since iPhone could have been a perfect navigation device. It alreadyhas maps built-in, so it is only natural that it would be able to guide you the destination.Seems like Apple could have taken a big bite out of this market; and it is not clear why they did not. Perhapsbecause of the cost, or design difficulty?1. Keyboard needs to be improvedAfter using the iPhone for some time, unfortunately I have to report that its biggest problem is the keyboard. Firstly, I am surprised that it is not better optimized for Safari.Most of the time I am trying to enter my email or user id into text boxes and an auto complete would be great.It seems odd that Apple missed this sort of thing in a few places, when there is a special button for .com.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Earlier this week I wrote about my favorite iPhone features.Most of you agreed that the iPhone is a unique, breakthrough device that is years ahead of other smart phones.A few of you said that there is nothing special about it, but one reader said that we shouldcover both the good and bad things about it. This reader gets his wish in this post, in which we take a lookat things that are missing or need improvement in the iPhone.last_img read more

Creativity as a Factor of SSD Performance

first_imgHow would you measure your comfort, user experience, smoothness, and happiness while producing music?Intel® Optane™ SSDs open a full horizon of new application usages and use cases. But how would you translate your device-level performance into an application performance improvement? And how would that be translated into the user experience improvements — the ultimate goal of any technology progress? Well, that’s a question I ask myself while evaluating new technologies. In most conditions that can be measured by benchmarks, pure comparing scores or runtime could mean an advantage of one technology over another one. In certain cases that can be just tangible, such as how would you measure the smoothness of your experience or how would you score your feelings? Well that’s more difficult, as everyone can have a different perspective. In this blog I’ll attempt to make some formal assessment of those feelings based on the recent story. If you haven’t had a chance to see Intel’s interview with top electronic music and film composer, BT, find a moment now. It’s worth it!BT is one of the most innovative musicians who utilizes newest technologies in his music production and creates his own. His work for movie scoring is impressive (The Fast and the Furious, Solace, Stealth), and uses the latest advantages of massively sampled orchestration available in real-time. While sampling has existed for years, the way he pushes it to the limits with hybrid orchestra approach and granular synthesis is quite remarkable.As a user of Intel® SSDs 750-series, he was excited by NVMe SSDs and the performance advantages PCIe interface brings into that. Combining multiple SSDs in the RAID volume allows him to improve the overall bandwidth and, of course, expand the capacity. That’s a great deal, and RAID capability is built in all operating systems today. However, RAID can’t improve the access latency. No matter how many drives you combine together, the access latency would represent the worst drive in the array. That means it’s always equal or higher than a standalone SSD latency. There is a class of applications that can’t keep up scaling the performance by only SSD bandwidth improvements and that story is a demonstration on that. Device latency is one of those requirements for the audio sample playback performance improvements.A complete orchestra is sampled into terabytes of a sample data with a playback of up to 3,000 tracks at a time. Available DRAM is only capable for the small pieces of those sounds (attacks), while the body of the sound is streamed directly from storage. For real-time playback, it is critical all data processing is completed within an audio buffer time — say 5ms, which is common latency these days. Otherwise the user will experience audio drops and other artifacts, including fatal interruptions. This is the case where scaling storage bandwidth can’t help to solve the problem.Let’s look at the facts. A single sample is a contiguous piece of a data. Let’s assume each sample is running at 48kHz * 32bits Stereo, which is translated into 0.37 MB/s bandwidth. You would expect that with PCIe SSD, which as an example can read data sequentially at 2.5GB/s, you can play ~7M samples at a time (2.5*1024*1024/0.37). Why would I ever need faster storage if this number far exceeds any real use case? Well, the conclusion is wrong. Sample libraries are based on the thousands of samples played at a time. Different layering, microphone position, and round robin sample rotation are multiplying that by the order of magnitude. Also, streaming of many sequential fragments at a time causes I/O randomization naturally. Now, a workload is randomized with a lowest denominator, which is an application request size or even file system sector size in a common case. With that the storage workload is no longer sequential and must be measured in the IOPS form on a small block size. This is fully random I/O condition for the device-level perspective and it’s distributed across full span of sample library with no hot area.Here we came to the point where NAND-based SSD performance has significant variation based on workload parameters. That’s easier for a drive to run a single threaded sequential workload than a random one or even than many parallel sequential. Of course, the difference is not as noticeable as with hard drives, where you must physically move a head, which has significant latency impact on results and unbelievable performance degradation. But the performance impact is meaningful, too. The root cause is in the NAND architecture, which consists of sectors (minimal read size), pages (# of sectors, determines minimal write size) and erase block size (# of pages, minimal erase size). Combined with a specific NAND-based SSD acceleration on aggregating sequential I/O into a bigger transfer size, we see performance improvements in sequential I/O, which are not available for Random small block I/O.A 3D XPoint™ memory cell solves that problem. It’s cache line addressable by the architecture, requires no erase cycle before write, and significantly lowers access time compared to NAND. Implemented on a block device, Intel Optane™ SSDs are optimized for a low latency and high IOPS performance, especially on low queue depth. This directly correlates with an exceptional quality of service, which represents max latency and latency distribution. As a consequence of that, Optane SSD is capable of delivering similar performance no matter the workload — random vs. sequential or read vs. write.Let’s run some tests to visualize that. I’ll be running this experiment on Microsoft Windows 10. You may expect Linux or OS X charts similar or better, but as we’re evaluating an environment similar to the one installed in BT’s studio, I’ll try to match it here.Configuration: Asus X299-Deluxe, Core i7-7820X, 32GB DRAM, Intel SSD 750 Series 1.2TB, Intel Optane 900p. You may download all FIO configuration scripts from my repository: www.github.com/intel/fiovisualizerNAND-based SSD is in the sustained performance state before every run. Optane SSD doesn’t have this side effect and delivers performance right away. As you see on charts, I’m only considering a scenario of the I/O randomization, and the overall delta in absolute SSD performance under different conditions. I’m leaving other workloads to the side, which are evaluated thoroughly by a third party such as Storage Review, Anandtech, PC Perspective, and others. All of the simulated workloads are stressful for a SSD, in regards of getting to the maximum performance of the device by pushing many I/Os. Intel Optane SSD leads not only on the absolute numbers, but also on the performance variability between workloads. In a real application scenario, such as in the story above, that means stable and predictable performance for a sample playback that doesn’t change its characteristics based on the number of samples, their sizes, the way they are played or any other activities while doing that, such as multitrack record. You may call it “a performance budget” you can split between workloads without sacrificing overall performance.For a musician that means Optane delivers a smooth experience without audio drops, even at peak demands. That also means no need for the offline rendering, channel freezing and sub mixdowns, which equals more time for being creative and unique.last_img read more

NBA: New York Knicks ace Porzingis eases injury fears

first_imgPorzingis, who left Thursday’s win over the Nets in the third quarter, is listed as questionable to face the Thunder on Saturday.Porzingis told reporters on Thursday he had left the game after his knee began to feel unstable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I felt my knee buckle a little bit, and I felt a little pain there, so it’s more about being cautious,” Porzingis said.“I had a little shock pain there, and that’s it.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with team mates during the first half of a NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. APNEW YORK — New York Knicks ace Kristaps Porzingis escaped a serious knee injury when he limped off against the Brooklyn Nets but remains doubtful for this weekend’s clash against Oklahoma City, the team said Friday.An MRI scan revealed no structural damage, with the towering forward diagnosed with a twisted left knee.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View commentscenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Malditas save PH from shutout Porzingis has averaged 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots this season.Michael Beasley is expected to start if the 7ft 4in (2.23m) Latvian is ruled out.Porzingis meanwhile said he believes fans will give former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony a generous reception when he returns to Madison Square Garden with the Thunder on Saturday for the first time since leaving earlier this year.“I think he was as professional as he can be in his time here in New York, so I don’t see why they would not receive him with love,” Porzingis said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Petron, F2 duel one last time After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more