A Gesture Toward Change

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Recall for a moment a scene—you’ve probably witnessed something like it at trade shows or on video dozens of times. A robot arm moves purposefully from its rest position. It swoops down on an object—a sphere, say—plucks it up, holds it aloft, replaces it, and then returns to rest. Each motion is fast, smooth, and, […]

In-Memory Computing Versus Data Center Networks

CATEGORIES : Computing, Data Center/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

For data-center architects it seems like a no-brainer. For a wide variety of applications, from the databases behind e-commerce platforms to the big-data tools in search engines to suddenly-fashionable data analytics to scientific codes, the dominant limitation on application response time is storage latency. But DRAM keeps getting denser, and solid-state drives (SSDs) cheaper. And […]

Maybe It’s Time to Go Custom

CATEGORIES : System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

You could substantially increase the performance of your system with one little change. Or you could take a big bite out of energy consumption. Or you could greatly strengthen the security of your system. All with one little change of habit. If you are a car or bicycle enthusiast, you probably pay attention to custom […]

Who Cares About Quantum Computing?

CATEGORIES : Computing/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Every now and then we see a flurry of news about quantum computing. But one recent piece rather focused the mind: a company claimed to have an encryption algorithm you will soon need, when quantum computers render today’s encryption algorithms useless. Now to the skeptic, such a claim raises questions. Right away there is curiosity. […]

Inferring the Future of Machine Learning

CATEGORIES : AI/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Deep-learning networks have won. They have outscored humans in classifying still images—at least sort-of. They have defeated world champions at chess and go. They have become the tool of choice for big-data analysis challenges, from customer service to medical diagnosis. They have shown that, once trained, they can be compact enough to fit in a […]