By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Before the Marshfield boys basketball team even knew it, it was down double digits.The Tigers responded with a solid second half but could not come all the way back and dropped a 56-49 decision to D.C. Everest in a Wisconsin Valley Conference game Tuesday night at The Boson Company Fieldhouse at Marshfield High School.Everest remains in a first-place tie with Stevens Point at 4-0 in the Valley following the victory and improves to 9-2 overall.Marshfield has lost four games in a row and falls to 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference.Everest had runs of 8-0 and 10-0 in the first quarter to pull out to a commanding 18-4 lead.The Evergreens made their first eight shot attempts, six coming from point-blank range on drives or back-door cuts to the basket.“Slight breakdowns defensively turn into layups. That’s the kind of team Everest is,” Marshfield coach Bill Zuiker said. “They are very sound, very well-coached. You have to be on top of your game and cannot let them play from ahead. We were fortunate enough to scramble and get back in the game, but it wasn’t our game from start to finish.”Marshfield fell behind 30-10 late in the second quarter before finally getting its offense going.Adam Fravert scored five of his team-high 15 points in the final three minutes of the half to help Marshfield cut the deficit to 13, but a basket at the buzzer by Stephen Weir gave Everest a 37-22 lead at intermission.The Tigers turned to a full-court trap to try to turn the tides, and it worked in the third quarter.Everest managed just two baskets in the period, and the Tigers used an 8-0 run to get the game back within striking range.A three-point play by Will Spindler, who finished with 12 points, and baskets from Tanner Boson and Caleb Alexander cut Everest’s lead to 39-34.Marshfield could not get closer than five, however. A 7-0 spurt by the Evergreens midway through the fourth quarter put them back on top by 12, and they held on the rest of the way.Jake Gebert finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for D.C. Everest.“To the kids’ credit, they played really hard and scrambled the best they could,” Zuiker said. “You can’t dig holes like that. It looked so bad, and we’re not so bad. We just don’t have a lot of margin for error. When we don’t get good shot selection, we’re not very good.”Marshfield plays at Wausau East on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Evergreens 56, Tigers 49D.C. Everest 18 19 4 15 – 56Marshfield 4 18 12 15 – 49D.C. EVEREST (56): Derek Reiche 1-1 0-0 3, Austin Behrens 2-4 0-0 5, Connor Dickinson 1-3 0-2 2, Stephen Weir 4-5 0-0 8, Riley Petersen 2-5 4-6 8, Grant Van Grinsven 0-0 0-1 0, Lucas Mathson 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Cornish 4-6 0-1 8, Jake Gebert 8-10 4-6 20, Brady Uekert 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Bentz 1-2 0-0 2. FG: 23-37. FT: 8-16. 3-pointers: 2-6 (Behrens 1-1, Reiche 1-1, Weir 0-1, Uekert 0-1, Petersen 0-2). Rebounds: 26 (Gebert 9). Turnovers: 12. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Cornish. Record: 9-2, 4-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference.MARSHFIELD (49): Caleb Alexander 2-3 0-1 4, Tanner Boson 3-11 0-0 7, Tyson Slade 0-0 0-0 0, Kegan Fassler 2-3 2-3 6, Alec Hinson 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Huettl 0-0 1-2 1, Will Spindler 5-7 2-4 12, Jordan Schlinsog 2-10 0-0 4, Adam Fravert 6-12 3-5 15. FG: 20-46. FT: 8-15. 3-pointers: 1-16 (Boson 1-6, Fravert 0-3, Schlinsog 0-7). Rebounds: 19 (Fravert 8). Turnovers: 8. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 4-8, 1-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
Construction of Jabulani Hospital is back ontrack. MEC Faith Mazibuko said constructionwill be complete by December 2011. These men are hard at work in Jabulani.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kabelo ThabetheMedia Liaison OfficerGauteng Department of InfrastructureDevelopment+27 11 429 3733 or +27 83 703 0529RELATED ARTICLES• SA first with HIV kidney transplant• New hope for the deaf in SA• New homes for Soweto residents• Healthcare in South AfricaBongani NkosiConstruction of Soweto’s second state hospital, Jabulani, is back on track after being stalled for more than two years.This is welcome news for South Africa’s biggest township, whose existing healthcare system is under heavy pressure.The project has been plagued by delays after a joint venture between construction companies collapsed in 2007, said Gauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development.The leading firm at the time, Ilima, set out to continue on its own without its three initial partners, but the project was “still far from completion” when its contract expired in May 2008.Although Ilima was granted a second contract in August 2008, the agreement was terminated a month later after “poor performance”, the department said.Illima and the provincial department are now locked in a court battle over funding. “We will be recovering some of our money from the company for the work it didn’t do,” said MEC for infrastructure development, Faith Mazibuko, at media briefing at the hospital construction site on 19 August 2010.A new contractor, Maziya General Services, has recently taken over the project and the government is happy with its progress.The completion deadline has been set for December 2011, and the department is confident there will be no more delays.“Maziya is promising,” Mazibuko said. “The contractor is committed. They are working very hard.”The 2009 financial crunch also stalled the project, said Mazibuko. “The country and indeed the province experienced one of the worst economic meltdowns in recent memory. This led to a lack of funding for this project …”Relieving pressure at Baragwanath R536-million (US$73-million) is being spent on the three-storey Jabulani Hospital, named after the section of Soweto it’s being built in. It will be a state-of-the-art public facility with 300 beds and well-equipped to address healthcare needs in the highly populated area.Soweto, South Africa’s most famous township, is in south-west Johannesburg and home to between 2- and 3-million people. Most of its residents cannot afford private healthcare.It’s hoped the new facility will ease the bottleneck at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital – the only existing government hospital in Soweto. “It will assist us in alleviating the pressure at Baragwanath,” Mazibuko said.Baragwanath is the biggest hospital in the southern hemisphere. It’s situated in the section of Diepkloof, but has to accommodate patients from the township’s almost 30 districts.“Everyone believes that when they go to Baragwanath they get healed. You even find people travelling from Zola section,” Mazibuko said. “We want to alleviate that pressure so that Baragwanath remains an academic hospital.”Jabulani, also referred to as the Zola Gateway Hospital, is now 42% complete, according to Mazibuko. Supporting buildings, like the 32-body-capacity mortuary and the kitchen, are also almost complete.Clinic near the hospitalJabulani Hospital is connected to the Zola Gateway Clinic, whose name is likely to be changed as there’s an existing Zola Clinic.Zola Gateway Clinic, which visibly impressed journalists at the briefing, was completed in 2009. But the R13-million ($1.8-million) facility is yet to be used, as the provincial Department of Health has ordered minor structural changes and some additions.These involve increasing the number of consultation rooms, which currently stand at 11, and getting more equipment. Most of the furniture, including patient beds, has been moved in and is ready for use.But it won’t be long until the clinic opens: “We’re hoping the Department of Health will take occupation soon,” Mazibuko said.
Pun intended.Sparc migration has been the “topic de jeur” or more accurately, if less cliche, the “topic de année”, with many of my customers. I am a solution engineer covering the Northwest and Canada. In this region there is a substantial installed base of Sparc systems. Many of them are getting a bit old. Virtually every user I have spoken with would like to migrate these systems to X86.There reasons for migration are varied, but generally hit on some common themes.Reduce the number of hardware architectures supportedReduce the number of operating systems supportedReduce maintenance contractsAddress licensing concernsMove to supported ( or supported earlier) platformsAddress performance gapsConcerns about ecosystemIn general Sparc has not kept up with Moores law. I do not mean to imply that there are not advances and some great products, but if we compare performance and price/performance of the silicon, Intel Xeon is a strong leader.This performance gap is especially apparent for older systems. Example, if we take specint_rate_base2006 as a pseudo indicator of “general enterprise workload performance” ( i hate benchmarks, but you have to use something) we see that a single 4 socket Xeon 7560 based system delivers about the same performance a 2004 vintage 72 socket SunFire E25k Usparc IV system.i.e. the 72 processor system that 7 years ago was sized to run your “large” ERP, decision support, or CRM systems can be replaced by a single compact blade or rack Xeon server.Using this benchmark, Xeon beats even the latest Sparc T3-4 system socket per socket. Price performance is even better.I get that migration is hard, and a bit scary. It may be better to stay on Sparc, than risk the companies uptime… but the risk can be minimized. There are many companies that have made the move. Xeon architecture, especially in the EX class is very robust. High availability configurations are available. Virtualization provides the lubrication for easy and dynamic scaling across machines and sizes.The time is right to make the move.comparissons sourced from Spec.org
Provider library choice significantly impacts results. The choice of encryption provider library and AES mode had the largest impact on performance. While Bouncy Castle showed no appreciable improvement with respect to Intel® AES-NI, the NSS library with Intel® AES-NI enabled performed more than 78% faster than Bouncy Castle and is the obvious choice for encryption. For decryption, NSS was approximately 96 percent faster than Bouncy Castle and 90 percent faster than SunJCE. With respect to AES modes, ECB, which is the simplest algorithm, outperformed other modes. However, because ECB is less secure than the other modes, and given the sensitivity of healthcare data, it is generally not appropriate for healthcare applications. For best performance and security, test results implied that the combination of CBC and the NSS provider library should be used, as it has the shortest routine time.Intel® AES-NI significantly decreases the impact of increasing key length. Typically, increasing the length of the AES encryption key (which functions much like a password) to strengthen security also increases encryption/decryption time. As key length increases, one expects a near linear increase in encrypt/decrypt times. But the study showed that by using NSS with Intel® AES-NI, the impact of doubling key length was reduced twenty-fold.The benefits of Intel® AES-NI increase with the size of data sets. In Phase 2 of the study, where sample genomic data was used, GenoSpace found that enabling Intel® AES-NI improves request times by nearly 9 percent. In fact as the size of the data sets scales up, there are even greater performance gains—an almost 14 percent improvement.Intel® AES-NI had less impact on the application’s overall performance. GenoSpace concluded that with Intel® AES-NI, encryption can scale more efficiently than other operations, such as data serialization, sorting, and filtering. Partnering with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), GenoSpace is leveraging Intel® AES-NI technology to deliver high-performance encryption to ensure the security and privacy of patient data and needed analytics MMRF requires to further its mission of accelerating the pace of treating and curing multiple myeloma and changing the paradigm of how all cancer research is conducted. The key findings of this test revealed that Intel® AES-NI-enhanced encryption had a markedly positive influence on the performance of the GenoSpace Population Analytics application. The emerging platform will be this amalgamation of data from payers, clinics, EHRs, images, laboratories, contract research organizations, pharma, and an analytics tool to make sense of all this data. Then to accelerate innovation and foster collaboration, we need tools to make all this valuable data we have amassed public for clinicians, researchers and bioinformatics specialists to practice their art. President Obama recently unveiled the Precision Medicine Initiative — a bold new enterprise to revolutionize medicine and generate the scientific evidence needed to move the concept of precision medicine into every day clinical practice. The million-dollar question, or multi-million-dollar question, is how do we make this mainstream? Recently, GenoSpace evaluated the benefits of Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AESNI), a silicon-based instruction set that accelerates encryption on Intel® Xeon® processors, which GenoSpace uses to process data. Meeting its customers’ performance and usability demands was a key objective for GenoSpace, given the amount of encryption and decryption that occurs when its software is used for analytics. To determine how the query response time of its population analytics application would be affected by encryption and by the hardware encryption acceleration that Intel® AES-NI provides, GenoSpace ran a series of tests focused on measuring the performance aspects of encrypting and decrypting stored data. The GenoSpace architecture is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) which provides flexibility and scalability for it developers and customers. To ensure the utmost security for this public cloud implementation, GenoSpace takes a ground-up approach to encryption. Its solutions gather all of the data that will be subject to analysis and layer encryption on top of that to safeguard the confidentiality of sensitive healthcare data stored on AWS or data that travels over the Internet. This adds an important extra measure of protection to AWS built-in security features. Intel® AES-NI-enhanced encryption significantly enhances the performance and usability of the GenoSpace Population Analytics offering, which, in turn, results in increased user productivity and satisfaction with the overall solution. Enabling high-performance and secure solutions paves the way for healthcare organizations to embrace the use of genetic population analytics to significantly increase the effectiveness of research, healthcare, and disease treatment options. While healthcare workers and researchers put these tools to work, they can be confident that Intel® AES-NI accelerated and hardened encryption can help mitigate serious security breaches.What questions about encryption do you have?