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In-Memory Computing Versus Data Center Networks

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 […]

CATEGORIES : Computing, Data Center/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Maybe It’s Time to Go Custom

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 […]

CATEGORIES : System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Who Cares About Quantum Computing?

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. […]

CATEGORIES : Computing/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Inferring the Future of Machine Learning

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 […]

CATEGORIES : AI/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Can 10 Gbps Ethernet be an Embedded Design Solution?

10 Gbps Ethernet (10GbE) has established itself as the standard way to connect server cards to the top-of-rack (ToR) switch in data-center racks. So what’s it doing in the architectural plans for next-generation embedded systems? It is a tale of two separate but connected worlds. Inside the Data Center If we can say that a […]

CATEGORIES : Data Center, Ethernet/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson