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Due to its high quality standards, the Fujitsu plant in Augsburg has received several awards, but thanks to the creativity of its own employees, Fujitsu is also able to improve further and to go the extra mile in Sustainability.

 

In the system board manufacturing area of Fujitsu’s Augsburg plant, around 1.8 million motherboards roll off the production lines every year. Each forms the heart of one of Fujitsu’s desktops or servers or as an industrial mainboard in a third party machine. One important production step is the soldering of all components. The production line includes ten heaters which solder components at high temperature. And it’s exactly here, where innovative ideas set new standards.

 

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To be in line with RoHS* regulation, the common tin based solder (melting point approx. 230°C) has to be heated  to 260°C. Due to the system board production requirements, alloys with lower melting point seemed not suitable for the soldering process, but our engineer Eugen Kastner and his colleagues questioned this fact and found another alloy consisting of bismuth, tin and silver that melts already at 138 °C.

 

Thanks to this material change energy consumption of soldering process is reduced by 40 percent, summing up to 35,000 KWh for each production line in a whole year. This equals the annual electricity consumption of 10 typical households.

 

Starting end of 2014 as a pioneer with a prototype production line, Fujitsu switched four production lines to the new soldering material. Overall they already built 250,000 system boards with the new procedure, which sum up to 140,000 kWh of energy saving and approx. 80 tons CO2 emission reduction.

 

* RoHS: EU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC)

 


The retail industry is undergoing a major transformation right before our eyes. In this time of upheaval time, what is essential for you? Priority should be given to finding a reliable partner to build your new connected retail concepts. How will you choose that partner? For example, based on excellent experience and a global proposition.

 

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Retailing crosses borders and you will need a partner that provides a global proposition and seamless customer experience worldwide combined with customized solutions. A connected world is emerging and the competition is even harder. Mobile devices are changing how people buy, pay, behave and how retailers sell. Consumer expectations are increasing and traditional retail forms are no longer enough – you will simultaneously have to provide customized experience, channel integration and operational efficiency to name but a few features. Innovation, global delivery and connected enterprise will be the answer to meet the new connected retail challenges. Fujitsu Technology Solutions can help you!

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Having read our new Insight Guide, Enterprise Evolution at Digital Speed, I was intrigued by its claim that the first wave of digitalization was, on the whole, a failure. We hear so much about it that you’d expect to hear success story after success story, right? I wondered what some of my contacts here in the Caribbean thought about it – so I asked them.

 

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Most agreed that it had failed to deliver. They pointed to the fact that, in many cases, digitalization did not manage to create an integrated approach to data that could cut across silos, or reduce information clutter and content sprawl. People couldn’t get the 360° view they needed to make the most of the digitalization process.

 

What’s needed is a unification of digital platforms so organizations can extract value from the huge quantities of data that are being generated and benefit from it commercially. That’s not happening across the board yet.

 

The picture in the Caribbean is actually quite complex, and mirrors what is happening in other regions. You have businesses who are trying to leapfrog into big data solutions and mobile environments, whilst others – possibly the more established organizations – are just focused on digitalizing their back offices. But both kinds of organizations have to interact with each other and that brings additional challenges. Clearly there is a lot to consider.

 

I think my Fujitsu colleagues involved in the original debate hit on something which is relevant to that situation: the need for people to be bold and disobedient so that they can experiment with new business models and find new ways to make the most of data. Now, that disobedience shouldn’t be reckless; it should be tempered and in context. This kind of approach can help us to think about digitalization in different ways, and that’s what’s necessary if you’re going to make it work. I look forward to seeing how the second wave progresses and what the response will be if I ask my contacts again in 12 months.

 

Until then, have a read of the guide for yourself and let us know your thoughts below or by using our Twitter hashtag #EnablingDigital .


 

One of the cool things I get to do in my job is work with great Fujitsu engineers in Japan, and for this blog post Mr. Hideyuki Koinuma was invaluable.

Like SPARC T-series and Intel CPUs, SPARC64 X/X+ processors used in Fujitsu M10 servers have hardware crypto acceleration as part of the Software on Chip (also known as SWoC) set of features. As mentioned in Darren Moffat’s blog, we have had a similar question: “How can I confirm the benefits of Fujitsu M10 hardware crypto features?”

 

On Fujitsu M10 servers with Solaris 11 we can test hardware crypto in a similar way to SPARC T4, but the variables are slightly different. As described in Darren’s blog post, this test will work for any consumers of the Solaris Cryptographic Framework. This will also work for Oracle Database and Java programs which use JCE. But, if the program or application to be tested decides its behavior without using ELF cap sections, this method won’t work.

 

The benefits of hardware crypto acceleration on Fujitsu M10 can be seen by using Solaris commands such as encrypt/decrypt and Oracle Database workloads. For the sake of a shorter blog post, let us use a simple OpenSSL speed test. This also gives us a simple look at the hardware crypto acceleration benefits without the effects of non-cryptographic things like I/O performance, application data manipulation, lock contention, etc.

 

Let’s look at some real results. For this simple test, the following options are used:

 

openssl speed -engine pkcs11 -evp aes-128-cbc

 

To measure OpenSSL decryption, simply adding “-decrypt” is used:

 

openssl speed -engine pkcs11 -evp aes-128-cbc -decrypt

 

To disable the Fujitsu M10 hardware crypto acceleration, we give specific values to the LD_HWCAP environment variable like this:

 

LD_HWCAP=”-fjaes,-fjdes” openssl speed -engine pkcs11 -evp aes-128-cbc

 

On a Fujitsu M10-4 with 3.4GHz SPARC64 X+ processors, we get the following results:

  Data size With HW acceleration Without HW acceleration
Encryption 1024B 874272.77KB/s 137136.13KB/s
8192B 972038.14KB/s 140107.78KB/s
Decryption 1024B 2565331.29KB/s 123877.72KB/s
8192B 3630926.51KB/s 129343.49KB/s

Smaller data sizes have less meaning because they consume very small amounts of time. So, we are just looking at 1024B and above in this simple test.

 

The positive impact of hardware crypto acceleration on decryption performance is significantly higher than for encryption, and that is intentional on our part. We believe decryption operations are used more frequently, so that is where we focused our hardware design.

 

With just this simple test, you can see the significant impact hardware acceleration has on the cryptographic processing prevalent in many of today’s workloads. Right there in each Fujitsu M10 processor core, SPARC64 Software on Chip is working for you. Please give it a try for yourself. We think you will like it.

 


Change is always exciting and an opportunity to learn something new.  For me, that means the IT market has been a lot of fun lately what with the Internet of Things, Hybrid IT, Big Data and of course the mothership of everything: the “D-word”, Digitalization. Analysts warn that if you’re not doing it right now, then your business will die.

 

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Many organizations are trying to implement digitalization without understanding what it is. Different definitions from analysts, vendors, and CIOs don’t help and, as yet, no international body has defined it definitively.

 

The reality of the digital revolution needs to be evaluated. In the consumer world digitalization has created radical new business models and delivered deep disruption in traditional markets. But, within large organizations and B2B enterprises that kind of disruption is much rarer. Name one player in the B2B space that’s achieved the same kind of disruption as Uber or Airbnb: you can’t.

 

Too often, the approach to digitalization is ‘pixel-thin’ – organizations try to deliver new user experiences, whilst their traditional IT remains. From the user’s or customer’s point of view their experiences may feel (and often are) revolutionary, but the business in the background doesn’t change.

 

It’s attitudes that need to change. Automating existing processes is not digital, it is normal IT.  Instead of fine-tuning details, look at the big picture: Learn from the B2C sector, be disruptive; evolve at digital speed.  I quite like how my colleague Steve Lennon describes it – ‘be a misfit’.

 

That’s how you can create something entirely new with a clever use of smart machines, both big (cloud) and very small (sensors). So, I urge you to start working at a digital speed and take some risks.

 

To help you start enabling digital in your organization, I’d recommend reading the digitalization debate in Fujitsu’s Insight Guide. It sparked this blog and may just spark your own thinking too.