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Posted 1/13/2011
By Angie Kilbourne, AAM

In the News

Knight's Corner 1 teraflop chipIntel shook up the computing world last November with the demonstration of its “Knights Corner,” a single 50-core chip with 1 teraflop (TFLOPS) of processing power, equal to 1 trillion calculations per second. Compare that to commercially available Intel i7 processor with six cores, which can produce approximately 158 billion calculations per second (158 GFLOPS). (FLOPS – floating point operations per second – is a popular measure of a supercomputer’s processing power.)

This isn’t the first time Intel broke through to 1 TFLOPS, however. In 1997, the company built a 1 TFLOPS system for the U.S. government. The difference between that system and today’s chip is that the 1997 system used more than 9,200 Pentium II Xeon chips, which were housed in 72 cabinets.

All this leads to computers getting smaller and smaller; in less than a generation, experts predict kids will head off the college with a teraflop tablet and pass time with 50-core video game consoles.

Web Wise: ASA Members Get Free Upgrade

ASA Shop LocatorEnhanced Shop Locator listing now included with membership!

ASA is upgrading all mechanical and collision shop members in good standing to the enhanced level of its Shop Locator listings. The upgrades are part of the association’s annual membership dues.

An enhanced listing in the ASA’s “Good to Go” Shop Locator provides consumers searching for ASA-member repair shops with more information to help them make an educated decision, including year the business was established, facility hours, specific services, payment options and shop certifications and affiliations.

But this free upgrade means nothing if you don’t take advantage of it. ASA can’t provide information it doesn’t have on file. So let’s take a look at how you update your information through the ASAshop.org website.

First, log in to your account at ASA shop.org; the login button is located in the upper right corner of every page in the dark gray top navigation bar. If this is the first time you are logging in, your username is your first and last names together (“firstnamelastname,” no spaces), and your password is your member number (for your convenience, you can locate your six-digit member number on your AutoInc. mailing label – it is the number above a recipient’s name). Once logged in, you can change your password to something more easily recalled.

Next, visit the “My Account” link, also found in the dark gray navigation bar along the top. This brings up a summary page of your subscribed communities, blogs, as well as the chance to change your password.

From there, you’ll select the “Personal” link, found in the left side navigation menu. You should see a multitabbed page, with the “Shop Locator” information being the default display. Review the information you see on this page, and update all information pertaining to your business by clicking the “Edit” button in the upper right corner of the box. When finished, please remember to click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page.

That’s it. Give ASA up to a week to get the fresh information uploaded to MapQuest’s servers, and your enhanced listing will be on display when consumers are searching your area for quality automotive repair and maintenance services.

Net Numbers

Consumers 18 to 24 years old average 110 text messages per day, or approximately 3,200 per month.

Source: Pew Internet

 

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