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Loading Software on the Fly: AppStreamer

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  – George Santayana

I swear, people are trying their hardest to resurrect the 1970s. I thought the era of bell-bottom pants, 8-inch floppy disks, and bicycles with banana seats was nostalgia-proof. Yet here we are. First there was cloud computing, a throwback to the days of dumb terminals and remote time-sharing computers. Now we’ve got college-educated kids – good ones, at that – devising ways to revitalize the idea of broadcast TV and video arcades. 

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Machine Learning For a Few Dollars

“We have to be very prissy about how we tell computers to do things.” – Richard P. Feynman

Alpha, beta, gamma, delta… something, something… lambda… uh, omega. That’s about all I remember of the Greek alphabet. College was a long time ago and I never joined a fraternity. 

The folks at Eta Compute stayed in school, though, and got smart. They know that … Read More → "Machine Learning For a Few Dollars"

Cache Coherent Chaos

We are at the dawn of the biggest change in decades in our global computing infrastructure. Despite the slow death of Moore’s Law, the rate of change in our actual computer and networking systems is accelerating, with a number of discontinuous, revolutionary changes that reverberate throughout every corner of computer system architecture. 

As Moore’s Law grinds to an economic halt, the rate of performance improvement of conventional von Neumann processors has slowed, giving rise to a new age of accelerators for high-demand workloads. AI in particular puts impossible … Read More → "Cache Coherent Chaos"

Is the End of Email Coming?

Picture this typical quotidian activity: You reply to an email sent by a colleague in a different company. Your reply makes it clear that you’re expecting a response within a reasonable timeframe. You wait a day… or two… or a week… and there’s no reply. You finally get them by phone and find out that they never received the email.

Granted, this is a worst-case scenario. There’s a sliding scale of issues with email, with the worst of them being that it simply isn’t delivered and … Read More → "Is the End of Email Coming?"

Centaur Produces Nine-Headed, Two-Species Monster

“A great man is… an inspiration and a prophecy.” – Robert Green Ingersoll 

If a centaur is supposed to be a combination of two separate beasts, then nothing could make a more appropriate mascot for Centaur Technology’s latest microprocessor. The tiny Austin-based company has created a dual-DNA, nine-headed creature that runs both x86 server code and hugely accelerated machine-learning (ML) processes. It’s a match made in mythology. 

The new chip is called simply CHA (which doesn’t stand for anything), and … Read More → "Centaur Produces Nine-Headed, Two-Species Monster"

Will Automotive OEMs Take Full Control?

The upshot: New technologies can help to protect the integrity of components in safety-critical systems (and others). Those same technologies could threaten free markets.

Our literature racks are full of stories about well-meaning technologies with a dark side. Those technologies make it into the light because of the benefits they provide. That dark side… well, somehow it never enters the marketing message makeup. And the dark-side horror stories we can read are often fictional, leveraging bits of truth, so why worry?

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Promoting Design Hygiene

“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” – George Carlin

In economic terms, you always want to give the easiest jobs to the lowest-paid employees. Save the hard stuff for the expensive and highly trained specialists. Ideally, you want each person working on a task they’re just barely qualified to perform; anything else is a waste of their talents and the company’s money. You don’t hire brain surgeons to dig … Read More → "Promoting Design Hygiene"

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