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Because the drive heads must align over an area of the disk in order to read or write data (and the disk is constantly spinning), there a non zero wait time before data can be accessed. cheap Canada Goose The drive may need to read from multiple locations in order to launch a program or load a file, which means it may have to wait for the platters to spin into the proper position multiple times before it can complete the command. If a drive is asleep or in a low power state, it can take several seconds more for the disk to spin up to full power and begin operating.

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canada goose coats on sale Solid state drives are called that specifically because they don rely on moving parts or spinning disks. Instead, data is saved to a pool of NAND flash. NAND itself is made up of what are called floating gate transistors. Unlike the transistor designs used in DRAM, which must be refreshed multiple times per second, NAND flash is designed to retain its charge state even when not powered up. This makes NAND a type of non volatile memory. canada goose coats on sale

Canada Goose Outlet The diagram above shows a simple flash cell design. Electrons are stored in the floating gate, which then reads as charged or not charged Yes, in NAND flash, a 0 means data is stored in a cell it the opposite of how we typically think of a zero or one. NAND flash is buy canada goose jacket organized in a grid. The entire grid layout is referred to as a block, while the individual rows that make up the uk canada goose grid are called a page. Common page sizes are 2K, 4K, 8K, or 16K, with 128 to 256 pages per block. Block size therefore typically varies between 256KB and 4MB. Canada Goose Outlet

One advantage of this system should be immediately obvious. Because canada goose black friday sale SSDs have no moving parts, they can operate at speeds far Canada Goose Online above those of a typical HDD. The following chart shows the access latency for typical canada goose uk shop storage mediums given in microseconds.

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There are two things to notice in the above chart. First, note how adding more bits per cell of NAND has a significant impact on the memory performance. It worse for writes as opposed to reads typical triple level cell (TLC) latency is 4x worse compared with single level cell (SLC) NAND for reads, but 6x worse for writes. Erase latencies are also significantly impacted. The impact isn proportional, either canada goose uk black friday TLC NAND is nearly twice as slow as MLC NAND, despite holding just 50% more data (three bits per cell, instead of two).

canada goose store The reason TLC NAND is slower than MLC or SLC has to do with how data moves in and out of the NAND cell. With SLC NAND, the controller only needs to know if the bit is a 0 or a 1. With MLC NAND, the cell may have four values 00, 01, 10, or 11. With TLC NAND, the cell can have eight values. Reading the proper value out of the cell requires the memory controller to use a precise voltage to ascertain whether any particular cell is charged. canada goose store

Canada Goose sale Reads, Writes, and ErasureOne of the functional limitations of SSDs is while they can read and write data very quickly to an empty drive, overwriting data is much slower. This is because while SSDs read data at the page level (meaning from individual rows within the NAND memory grid) and can write at the page level, assuming surrounding cells are empty, they can only erase data at the block level. This is because the act of erasing NAND flash requires a high amount of voltage. While you can theoretically erase NAND at the page level, the amount of voltage required stresses the individual cells around the cells that are being re written. Erasing data at the block level helps mitigate this problem. Canada Goose sale

The only way Canada Goose Coats On Sale for an SSD to update an existing page is to copy the contents of the entire block into memory, erase the block, and then write the contents of the old block + the updated page. If the drive is full and there are no empty pages available, the SSD must first scan for blocks that are marked for deletion but that haven been deleted yet, erase them, and then write the data to the now erased page. This is why SSDs can become slower as they age a mostly empty canada goose outlet drive is full of blocks that can be written immediately, a mostly full drive is more likely to be forced through the entire program/erase sequence.

buy canada goose jacket If you used SSDs, you likely heard of something called collection. Garbage collection is a background process that allows a drive to mitigate the performance impact of the program/erase cycle by performing certain tasks in the background. The following image steps through the garbage collection process. buy canada goose jacket

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Note canada goose clearance in this example, the drive has taken advantage of the fact that it can write very quickly to empty pages by writing new values for the first four blocks (A It also written two new blocks, E and H. Blocks A D are now marked as stale, meaning they contain information the drive has marked as out of date. During an idle period, the SSD will move the fresh pages over to a new block, erase the old block, and mark it as free space. This means the next time the SSD needs to perform a write, it can write directly to the now empty Block X, rather than performing the program/erase cycle.

The next concept I want to discuss is TRIM. When you delete a file from Windows on a typical hard drive, the file isn deleted immediately. Instead, the operating system tells the hard drive it can overwrite the physical area of the disk where that data was stored the next time it needs to perform a write. This is why it possible to undelete files (and why deleting files in Windows doesn typically clear much physical disk space until you empty the recycling bin). With a traditional HDD, the OS doesn need to pay attention to where data is being written or what the relative state of the blocks or pages is. With an SSD, this matters.

The TRIM cheap canada goose uk command allows the operating system to Canada Goose online tell the SSD it can skip rewriting certain data the next time it performs a block erase. This lowers the total amount of data the drive writes and increases SSD longevity. Both reads and writes damage NAND flash, but writes do far more damage than reads. Fortunately, block level longevity has not proven to be an issue in modern NAND flash. More data on SSD longevity, courtesy of the Tech Report, can be found here.

The last two concepts we want to talk about are wear leveling and write amplification. Because SSDs write data to pages but erase data in blocks, the amount of data being written to the drive is always larger than the actual update. Canada Goose Parka If you make a change to a 4KB file, for example, the entire block that 4K file sits within must be updated and rewritten. Depending on the number of pages per block and the size of the pages, you might end up writing 4MB worth of data to update a 4KB file. Garbage collection reduces the impact of write amplification, as does the TRIM command. Keeping a significant chunk of the drive free and/or manufacturer over provisioning can also reduce the impact of write amplification.

Wear leveling refers to the practice of ensuring certain NAND blocks aren written and erased more often than others. While wear leveling increases a drive life expectancy and endurance by writing to the NAND equally, it can actually increase write amplification. In other to distribute writes evenly across the disk, it sometimes necessary to program and erase blocks even though their contents haven actually changed. A good wear leveling algorithm seeks to balance these impacts.

canada goose black friday sale The SSD ControllerIt should be obvious by now SSDs require much more sophisticated control mechanisms than hard drives do. That not to diss magnetic media I actually think HDDs deserve Canada Goose sale more respect than they are given. https://www.winterdownparkas.com The mechanical challenges involved in balancing multiple read write heads nanometers above platters that spin at 5,400 to 10,000 RPM are nothing to sneeze at. The fact that HDDs perform this challenge while pioneering new methods of recording to magnetic media and eventually wind up selling drives at 3 5 cents per gigabyte is simply incredible. canada goose black friday sale

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canada goose deals SSD controllers, however, are in a class by themselves. They often have a DDR3 memory pool to help with managing the NAND itself. Many drives also incorporate single level cell caches that act as buffers, increasing drive performance by dedicating fast NAND to read/write cycles. Because the NAND flash in an SSD is typically canada goose connected to the controller through a series of parallel memory channels, you can think of the drive controller as performing some of the same load balancing work as a high end storage array canada goose coats on sale SSDs don deploy RAID internally but wear leveling, canadian goose jacket garbage collection, and SLC cache canada goose store management all have parallels in the big iron world. canada goose deals

Some drives also use data compression algorithms to reduce the total number of writes and improve the drive lifespan. The SSD controller handles error canada goose coats correction, and the algorithms that control for single bit errors have become increasingly complex as time has passed.

cheap Canada Goose Unfortunately, we can go into too much detail on SSD controllers because companies lock down their various secret sauces. Much of NAND flash performance is determined by the underlying controller, and companies aren willing to lift the lid too far on how they do what they do, lest they hand a competitor an advantage. cheap Canada Goose

buy canada goose jacket cheap The Road AheadNAND flash offers an enormous improvement over hard drives, but it isn without its own drawbacks and challenges. Drive capacities canada goose clearance sale and price per gigabyte are expected to continue to rise and fall respectively, but there little chance SSDs will catch hard drives in price per gigabyte. buy canada goose jacket cheap

Thus far, SSD manufacturers have delivered better performance by offering faster data standards, more bandwidth, and more channels per controller plus the use of SLC caches we mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, in the long run, it assumed NAND will be replaced by something else.

canada goose clearance What that something else will look like is still open for debate. Both magnetic RAM and phase change memory have presented themselves as candidates, though both technologies are still in early stages and must overcome significant challenges to actually compete as a replacement to NAND. canada goose uk outlet Whether consumers would notice the difference is an open question. If you upgraded from NAND to an SSD and then upgraded to a faster SSD, you likely aware the gap between HDDs and SSDs is much larger than the SSD to SSD gap, even when upgrading from a relatively modest drive. Improving access times from milliseconds to microseconds matters a great deal, but improving them from microseconds to nanoseconds might fall below what humans can really perceive in most cases canada goose clearance.

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Oficiul European pentru Selecția Personalului (EPSO) informează că Uniunea Europeană recrutează specialiști (gradele AD 5 și AD 7) în domeniul relațiilor externe.

Atribuțiile principale ale personalului selectat vor fi:

  • promovarea și protejarea intereselor și a valorilor UE în relațiile sale cu țările terțe și cu organizațiile internaționale;
  • acordarea de sprijin în aplicarea politicii externe și de securitate comune (PESC) a Uniunii;
  • cooperarea cu serviciile diplomatice naționale din statele membre ale UE, precum și cu Consiliul UE și cu Comisia Europeană, pentru a asigura coerența între diferitele domenii ale acțiunii externe a Uniunii.

Condiţiile de participare la procesul de selecţie sunt:

  • cetățenie europeană;
  • cunoașterea temeinică a uneia dintre cele 24 de limbi oficiale ale UE;
  • cunoașterea la un nivel satisfăcător a limbii engleze sau franceze;
  • pentru gradul AD 5, trebuie să fi absolvit studii universitare de cel puțin 3 ani, urmate de cel puțin 1 an de experiență profesională în domeniul relațiilor externe;
  • pentru gradul AD 7, trebuie să fi absolvit studii universitare de cel puțin 3 ani, urmate de cel puțin 7 ani de experiență profesională în domeniul relațiilor externe sau să fi absolvit studii universitare de cel puțin 4 ani, urmate de cel puțin 6 ani de experiență profesională relevantă.

Persoanele selectate își vor desfășura activitatea în cadrul Serviciului European de Acțiune Externă (SEAE).

Termenul limită pentru depunerea candidaturii este 13 octombrie 2020, ora 12:00 (după-amiaza), ora Bruxelles-ului.

Mai multe informații despre criteriile și procedura de selecție, precum și despre modalitatea de depunere a candidaturii găsiţi la adresa web : external-relations.eu-careers.eu.

 

 

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În plină pandemie şi criza generată de COVID aeroporturile româneşti se zbat să supravieţuiască. La mare, de exemplu, poţi judeca turismul şi după cursele aeriene. Mihail Kogălniceanu este un aeroport pustiu unde aterizează 3 avioane într-o săptămână. Situaţia este la fel peste tot. Traficul aerian de pasageri s-a prăbuşit de la începutul crizei. În aceste condiţii bulgarii au reuşit să ne ia faţa până  şi la acest capitol. Pe aeroportul din Varna sunt 10 zboruri zilnic iar la Burgas 21.

Avem o mare frumoasă cu plaje de lux, dar şi cu staţiuni încăpătoare. Avem şi un aeroport în Constanţa, pentru ca turiştii să ajungă mai uşor pe litoral. Pentru oricine, asta ar fi reţeta succesului în turism. Doar că în România, este fix pe dos. În cea mai aglomerată lună a anului, August, doar un avion aterizează pe Aeroportul Mihail Kogălniceanu. Este o cursă de la Londra, o dată pe săptămână. Turişti cât să-numeri pe degetele de la o mână.

Şi din păcate situaţia este la fel pe mai toate aeroporturile din România. Criza provocată de pandemia de Covid a dus la disponibilizări în masă, rezilieri de contracte şi zboruri anulate pe bandă rulantă. Puţine au fost situaţiile în care s-au găsit soluţii de moment. Aşa se face că în primele şase luni ale anului numărul de pasageri a scăzut de la 10 milioane la doar 4. Numai în luna iulie scăderea a fost de 75 la sută. Per total anul acesta se aşteaptă la o scădere de aproximativ 60 la sută.

În aceste condiţii ajutoarele financiare oferite de către statul român aeroporturilor şi companiilor aeriene sunt aproape vitale pentru a putea depăşi această criză.

Reprezentanţii companiilor aeriene româneşti susţin că dacă situaţia nu se va înrăutăţi va exista o stabilizare şi atunci  putem vorbi despre o revenire pentru anul viitor. Asociaţia Internaţională de Transport aerian este însă mai pesimistă şi dă ca termen de revenire la nivelul înregistrat înainte de declanşarea crizei, anul 2024.

 

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Traseele City Tour cu autobuzele etajate au fost suspendate în această dimineaţă, în Constanţa, din cauza condiţiilor meteo nefavorabile. Potrivit reprezentanţilor CT Bus, autobuzele etajate vor reveni în trafic imediat ce vremea o va permite.

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