New Layers Form within the Cloud

CATEGORIES : All, Data Center, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

An air mass that begins life as a single huge cloud may separate, under the complex interactions of wind, temperature, pressure, and humidity, into several distinct strata with different characteristics. Similarly, today’s seemingly uniform cloud data centers are being transformed, through the emerging pressures of big-data computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), into multiple, […]

The Mathematics of Range Anxiety

CATEGORIES : All, System Management/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Late at night, the student in the apartment is awakened by a strange smell. Investigating in the darkened rooms, she sees a burst of flame engulf her roommate’s hoverboard. There is only just enough time to get everyone out of the apartment before the rooms are fully involved. Near the end of the marathon, a […]

Data Center Ethernet: Is a Bigger Pipe Enough?

CATEGORIES : All, Data Center/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

In the enormous pressures and temperatures far beneath the Earth’s surface, minerals take on forms impossible to replicate in our familiar environment. Hence carbon may become diamond, or graphite. Similarly, in the intense, dynamic environment of the data center, familiar Ethernet is taking on configurations unimaginable to its inventors at Xerox PARC. As with carbon, […]

Is Tomorrow’s Embedded-Systems Programming Language Still C?

CATEGORIES : All, Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

What is the best language in which to code your next project? If you are an embedded-system designer, that question has always been a bit silly. You will use, C—or if you are trying to impress management, C disguised as C++. Perhaps a few critical code fragments will be written in assembly language. But according […]

It’s Alive! The Miraculous Resurrection of Artificial Intelligence

CATEGORIES : All, System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

In late January the computing world passed—mostly without notice—two remarkable milestones. One marked the end of a beginning: Marvin Minsky, a pioneer and guiding light of artificial intelligence (AI) died. The other standing stone marked a beginning, perhaps of a new era. Only days after Minsky’s death, an article in the magazine Nature reported that […]