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 solid state memory market is dominated by a few players, so their moves are well tracked. This interview with the Yole Group discusses current trends and why we may not see a large downturn as we enter a period of oversupply.
This week, WDC held their annual Investor Day with transcripts here. They highlight the market opportunities and the potential exabyte growth and try to make it all look good in the face of the current downturn in flash and enterprise HDD businesses. Long term, IoT and 5G should again exponentially expand the storage universe and when this happens, WDC’s vision should pay off (assuming they deliver to their vision).
This new carbide might have useful tribological properties. Variants of this have been tried commercially, but this looks one to be more stable as well as more durable. I don’t know if you can sputter this and while still retaining those nice properties, but it is worthy of further development.
Managing large databases these days should be easy given fast SSD’s and NVMe interfaces, but such is not always the case, especially when dealing with distributed databases with mixed workload accesses. Read this discussion (and listen to the podcast) from Brian Bulkowski (Aerospike) about how large databases can be better managed to minimize latencies. (Note: He is hawking his Aerospike database, but it is a very germane discussion).
Source: Essential SQL
Dr. Andrei Khurshudov published a thought provoking discussion on whether and how AI might be used to manage essential government functions. Consider his proposed learning cycle for the ‘governance engine’… it may not be quite as simple as noted but is a provocative concept to ponder. I expected to see more comments about how things like health care might be managed by AI. Those ‘death panels’ would simply become logical decisions by the ‘AI government’. Hmmm… Part I and Part II.
The Qualcomm Tech Summit in Maui, HI this week features live 5G networking as well as details on next gen SnapDragon855 7nm processors which should be pretty sporty for next gen 5G phones, some of which are already announced, but you will have to wait until the second half of CY19 for a broad selection of 5G devices.
… and here’s one example of what 5G will do for data speeds of connected homes (800MHz wide channels are big pipes!).
On a very futuristic note, scientists are gaining insight into the intrinsic properties of the phase diagrams for materials that might exhibit superconductivity. If we can find and control the holy grail material, it will be revolutionary to many industries, perhaps even the data storage biz…