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Power and Complexity: Welcome to AMP

Asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) is on the short list to be the technology acronym of the year for 2016. But what is it, exactly, and why would you want any? More usefully, what are the considerations and challenges in implementing AMP in an embedded system? Let’s begin with definitions. A symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) system is one […]

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Darwin Comes to Cable

Pause a moment, if you will, to consider the plight of the oft-reviled cable television providers. At their roots, these companies operated essentially unidirectional networks of coaxial cable for distributing analog video signals to homes. That was then. And this is now: those original co-ax networks have evolved into asymmetric, bidirectional digital data networks offering […]

CATEGORIES : Broadcast, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

No Safety without Security on the IoT

We have reached the stage in the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) where two independent processes have become self-sustaining. The first—the creative process—has begun to uncover genuinely compelling applications. Beyond $40 internet lightbulbs, in-refrigerator Webcams, and toothbrushes with smartphone apps, systems developers are starting to see—and to prototype—applications at the convergence of smart […]

CATEGORIES : Data Center, IoT, System Security, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Neural Networks and the Rings of Power

In the dark world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the Dark Lord commanded the creation of a set of golden rings that embodied and projected his power. One in particular (Figure 1) held power over the others, with the ability to find them and bring them together. Figure 1. One ring ruled all the […]

CATEGORIES : System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

New Layers Form within the Cloud

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, […]

CATEGORIES : Data Center, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson