Helping Out Reality


One day was a summer day like any other summer day. The next, everything had changed. Like swarms, like zombies they came, walking randomly in public places, staring lost into their smart phones, growing increasingly agitated. And then, just as suddenly, they were gone. Pokemon Go had swept across our town, another little dot on […]

Flash Triggers a Revolution

CATEGORIES : All, Data Center/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Two strong currents of technology change are surging across the data center, sweeping away conventional thinking and leaving behind profoundly changed software, memory, and storage architectures. One current, rising from the largely unexplored region of neural networks, is altering the way applications access data. The other, springing from the depths of semiconductor physics, is dissolving […]

Power and Complexity: Welcome to AMP

CATEGORIES : All, Embedded system, System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) is on the short list to be the technology acronym of the year for 2016. But what is it, exactly, and why would you want any? More usefully, what are the considerations and challenges in implementing AMP in an embedded system? Let’s begin with definitions. A symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) system is one […]

Darwin Comes to Cable

CATEGORIES : All, Broadcast, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Pause a moment, if you will, to consider the plight of the oft-reviled cable television providers. At their roots, these companies operated essentially unidirectional networks of coaxial cable for distributing analog video signals to homes. That was then. And this is now: those original co-ax networks have evolved into asymmetric, bidirectional digital data networks offering […]

No Safety without Security on the IoT

CATEGORIES : All, Data Center, IoT, System Security, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

We have reached the stage in the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) where two independent processes have become self-sustaining. The first—the creative process—has begun to uncover genuinely compelling applications. Beyond $40 internet lightbulbs, in-refrigerator Webcams, and toothbrushes with smartphone apps, systems developers are starting to see—and to prototype—applications at the convergence of smart […]