“One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Monkey see, monkey do. Google acquired Android years ago and turned it into a hugely successful tool for embedded programmers. Now, Amazon has taken over FreeRTOS. Will it become the next Android, a de facto standard for real-time software that … Read More → "Amazon and Google in the RTOS World"
Computing is at a crossroads. For decades, we have surfed the exponential wave of Moore’s Law, tuning and tweaking the various von Neumann architectures, resizing caches, redefining pipelines, debating RISC vs CISC, messing with memory structures, widening words, predicting branches, and generally futzing around until we reached a point where we could claim victory for another node. We have built various schemes for … Read More → "Computing at a Crossroads"
Almost exactly four years ago, at Gigaom Structure 2014, Intel’s Diane Bryant announced that the company would be “integrating [Intel’s] industry-leading Xeon processor with a coherent FPGA in a single package, socket compatible to [the] standard Xeon E5 processor offerings.” It was a bare-bones sort of announcement with zero details, except that she expected the combination would deliver data center customers “a programmable, high performance coherent acceleration capability … Read More → "Intel Delivers Xeon Scalable Processor 6138P with Arria 10 GX 1150 FPGA"
AI in edge devices is expected to experience mind-blowing growth over the next half decade, with predictions exceeding 100% CAGR. That means our IoT devices are going to be getting smart, and doing it quickly. Most of the applications of AI in edge or endpoint devices centers on sensors. Our devices are equipped with increasing numbers of increasingly complicated sensors, drowning our devices in data. In most applications, however, it … Read More → "More AI at the Edge"
“Lotteries are a tax on people who are bad at math.” — anonymous
We’ve all been there. Your friend posts something stupid on Facebook, so you add a comment, patiently pointing out that they’ve mindlessly forwarded some bogus, ill-informed, or downright fabricated meme as if it were gospel truth. No, the airlines are not giving away free tickets today to celebrate their anniversary. Diet … Read More → "Learn Programming from Facebook!"
Cloud-based acceleration as a service is officially a thing, for real. You can go online right now, sign up for an AccelStore account, and within minutes (four of them, according to Accelize) you can hop on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OVH platforms and be happily gZIpping at 25x the speed of a CPU, find/replacing 6,000x the speed of sed, real-time transcoding HD BMP video to JPG, and … Read More → "App Store for Acceleration"