Hot Chips Heralds Heterogeneity

CATEGORIES : Computing/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

The annual Hot Chips conference in Silicon Valley offers a reliable window into the architectural thinking of both CPU giants and exciting start-ups. This year proved to be no exception, as architects squared off against the limitations of physics and the demands of workloads, with special attention going to the trending task of the year, […]

Learning from the Next-Gen Firewall

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

Torrents of packets will cascade into the data center: endless streams of data from the Internet of Things (IoT), massive flows of cellular network traffic into virtualized network functions, bursts of input to Web applications. And hidden in the cascades, far darker bits try to slip through: cyber attacks. They may seek to interfere with […]

A Gesture Toward Change

CATEGORIES : All/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Recall for a moment a scene—you’ve probably witnessed something like it at trade shows or on video dozens of times. A robot arm moves purposefully from its rest position. It swoops down on an object—a sphere, say—plucks it up, holds it aloft, replaces it, and then returns to rest. Each motion is fast, smooth, and, […]

In-Memory Computing Versus Data Center Networks

CATEGORIES : Computing, Data Center/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

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 […]

Maybe It’s Time to Go Custom

CATEGORIES : System Architecture/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

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 […]