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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

The Mathematics of Range Anxiety

Late at night, the student in the apartment is awakened by a strange smell. Investigating in the darkened rooms, she sees a burst of flame engulf her roommate’s hoverboard. There is only just enough time to get everyone out of the apartment before the rooms are fully involved. Near the end of the marathon, a […]

CATEGORIES : System Management/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Data Center Ethernet: Is a Bigger Pipe Enough?

In the enormous pressures and temperatures far beneath the Earth’s surface, minerals take on forms impossible to replicate in our familiar environment. Hence carbon may become diamond, or graphite. Similarly, in the intense, dynamic environment of the data center, familiar Ethernet is taking on configurations unimaginable to its inventors at Xerox PARC. As with carbon, […]

CATEGORIES : Data Center/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Is Tomorrow’s Embedded-Systems Programming Language Still C?

What is the best language in which to code your next project? If you are an embedded-system designer, that question has always been a bit silly. You will use, C—or if you are trying to impress management, C disguised as C++. Perhaps a few critical code fragments will be written in assembly language. But according […]

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

It’s Alive! The Miraculous Resurrection of Artificial Intelligence

In late January the computing world passed—mostly without notice—two remarkable milestones. One marked the end of a beginning: Marvin Minsky, a pioneer and guiding light of artificial intelligence (AI) died. The other standing stone marked a beginning, perhaps of a new era. Only days after Minsky’s death, an article in the magazine Nature reported that […]

CATEGORIES : System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson