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Data Center Optimization Through Game Theory

Data Center Optimization Through Game Theory
by Bernard Murphy on 02-13-2019 at 7:00 am

I always enjoy surprising synergies so I was immediately attracted to a Research Highlight in the Communications of the ACM this month, on a game-theoretic method to balance discretionary speed-ups (known as computational sprints) in data centers. If you don’t have an ACM membership and want to dig deeper, I include an open link… Read More


Why we will all benefit from the next space race

Why we will all benefit from the next space race
by Vivek Wadhwa on 01-27-2019 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedUntil January 3, no human being had ever set eyes upon the “dark side” of the moon: the side always facing away from the Earth. It always remained a mystery. But no longer. China’s National Space Administration successfully landed a lunar lander, Chang’e-4, at South Pole-Aitken, the moon’s largest and deepest basin.… Read More


Intel Swaggers at CES

Intel Swaggers at CES
by Daniel Payne on 01-24-2019 at 7:00 am

Intel started out as a DRAM company using planar NMOS technology, then later on added EPROM and Microprocessors to the product mix. Their CPU technology enabled the dynamic growth of the PC industry starting with the IBM PC back in 1981 and continuing all of the way to this day. They long ago dropped out of the DRAM marketplace and began… Read More


Contrarian Views on Quantum Computing

Contrarian Views on Quantum Computing
by Bernard Murphy on 01-23-2019 at 12:00 pm

I’m not opposed to the exotic ideas which capture public attention from time to time, but I do enjoy puncturing a popular expectation demanding every novel technology be a revolutionary breakthrough. I’ve already made my small contribution to driving a stake through the heart of claims that quantum computing (QC) will replace… Read More


CNBC Qualcomm and SemiWiki

CNBC Qualcomm and SemiWiki
by Daniel Nenni on 01-18-2019 at 7:00 am

Over the holidays I did an interview with CNBC on the subject of Qualcomm. The producer had read the History of Qualcomm chapter in our book Mobile Unleashed and wanted to base a 15 minute report on it. The interview lasted 90 minutes but of course only snippets of what I said were used. You can see the recorded report by clicking on the… Read More


Ampere: More on Arm-Based Servers

Ampere: More on Arm-Based Servers
by Bernard Murphy on 12-19-2018 at 7:00 am

Since I talked recently about AWS adding access to Arm-based server instances in their cloud offering, I thought it would be interesting to look further into other Arm-based server solutions. I had a meeting with Ampere Computing at Arm TechCon. They offer server devices and are worth closer examination as a player in this game.… Read More


Designer babies are here ready or not!

Designer babies are here ready or not!
by Vivek Wadhwa on 11-28-2018 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedA Chinese scientist from a university in Shenzhen claims he has succeeded in creating the world’s first genetically edited babies. He told the Associated Press that twin girls were born earlier this month after he edited their embryos using CRISPR technology to remove the CCR5 gene, which plays a critical role in … Read More


Trade war could be the tipping point for American manufacturing

Trade war could be the tipping point for American manufacturing
by Vivek Wadhwa on 10-23-2018 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedWhen Western companies moved manufacturing to China, it was all about minimizing costs. China was a developing country with labor costs among the lowest in the world. It also offered massive subsidies and readily turned a blind eye to labor abuse and environmental degradation.

Today, China is the world’s second-largest… Read More


How technology is hacking love

How technology is hacking love
by Vivek Wadhwa on 10-03-2018 at 12:00 pm

Image RemovedGo into any bar in New York City or San Francisco (or increasingly Mumbai and Sydney) popular with the younger crowd and you will find a curious transformation. The majority of the patrons spend at least as much time checking their phones as they do checking out potential mates or talking to people they are with. Why? … Read More


Facebook and WhatsApp are not just flawed they are downright dangerous

Facebook and WhatsApp are not just flawed they are downright dangerous
by Vivek Wadhwa on 09-17-2018 at 7:00 am

Image RemovedFacebook’s woes are spreading globally, first from the U.S., then to Europe and now in Asia. A study by researchers at the University of Warwick in the U.K. has conclusively established that Facebook has been fanning the flames of hatred in Germany. The study found that the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated,… Read More