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Helping Out Reality

One day was a summer day like any other summer day. The next, everything had changed. Like swarms, like zombies they came, walking randomly in public places, staring lost into their smart phones, growing increasingly agitated. And then, just as suddenly, they were gone. Pokemon Go had swept across our town, another little dot on […]

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Blockchains Unchained

It first came to our attention as the plausible-sounding but obscure data structure that made Bitcoin unhackable. Then some people lost a lot of money in attacks on Bitcoin exchanges. But before the cyberspace version of yellow crime-scene tape could come down, blockchain was back. Exonerated for the bitcoin fiascos, blockchains were now being researched […]

CATEGORIES : Embedded system, IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Is that Drone the Sound of Progress?

By now, thanks to the attentions of marketing writers and news reporters, the word “drone” is overloaded with meanings. Let’s set aside traditional senses: a low-frequency, continuous sound; a male bee; an unsounded string on a musical instrument. We are interested in aircraft. Somehow in the mid-20th century the military began calling unmanned target aircraft […]

CATEGORIES : Embedded system/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Hubs Become Central to the IoT

Even before real systems are widely deployed, the Internet of Things (IoT) is rushing into a period of rapid evolution. Early—and, frankly, simplistic—ideas about IoT architecture are giving way to more nuanced views, often based on analysis of data flows and on hard questions of why the IoT really matters. The result will be new […]

CATEGORIES : IoT/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Flash Triggers a Revolution

Two strong currents of technology change are surging across the data center, sweeping away conventional thinking and leaving behind profoundly changed software, memory, and storage architectures. One current, rising from the largely unexplored region of neural networks, is altering the way applications access data. The other, springing from the depths of semiconductor physics, is dissolving […]

CATEGORIES : All, Data Center/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson