This is a guest post from Mike Montemorra, who is a technology guru with long and successful career in computer industry. Mike keeps an eye on the latest developments in computer and storage technology and publishes his observations weekly. Below is his brief summary of what was important in the past week.
What did we learn last week?
The SNIA has formed a computational storage working group, hoping to better define the way data is managed and transmitted at the edge. This should be a real benefit to open source computing (such as RISC-V), edge and fog computing as they gain traction in the coming years. Tom Coughlin reviews it in more detail here.
This company is leading the way in developing interfaces between conventional and quantum computers. These guys are just getting seed funding but watch for developments as they appear to have some good ideas.
HOWEVER, there are a lot of skeptics that QC will ever be effectively managed to solve real world problems as this article explains. Read this for another perspective on the difficulty in harnessing QC.
Since I have a personal connection to the CA wildfire casualties this year, it seems prudent to find ways to prevent transmission line related fire initiation. The use of ‘synchrophasor’ PMU circuits should help as they can be wicked fast and may have helped with some of these blazes.
Souce: WSU (EECS)
The USPS just fixed a pretty major leak for users of their ‘Informed Visibility’ functionality. Looks like they had (and only recently fixed) a pretty major bug in their API.
Further to the redefinition of the kilogram standard, it turns out that a few other SI units are also being more precisely defined. Nothing really changes with exception of the absolute precision of our measurements, but this is a big deal in the standards community.
This is truly amazing and potentially useful although an application does not leap to mind. Can you think of an application?