Weekly Global Tech News, October 29, 2018

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?

Lot of you have seen this already, but Backblaze continues to track HDD field reliability.  This blog shows (to me) that they (Backblaze) are buying on price and reporting associated reliability. This table is their historical summary and a good representation of field reliability in a moderate workload enterprise application.  Based on reli, one would expect HGST to be the products of choice, yet there are many more STX drives in the mix.  I’d welcome alternative interpretations:


Host managed SMR hits the mainstream!  Nice job from WDC on deploying the industry’s first host managed HDD at the highest capacity yet.    Ever since Google’s ‘Disks for Data Centers‘ paper, we knew these products were coming and we can expect all HDD makers to deliver similar products.  I hope these all behave similarly or the industry will be in for further share erosion.   I suspect that a variant of the host managed approach will soon be available for SSDs as well.


good discussion on some of the big things going on in solid state storage by folks who know.  Enjoy!  For regular technology updates, go to Jim Handy’s website.   He also allows you to subscribe to his podcasts.


A peek at Samsung’s TechDay 2018.   These guys continue their scorched earth approach to industry dominance, but they are developing the best and most compelling tech out there, including a 7nm EUV based litho solution.

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The Helix of Time

A couple of days ago, I met Dan Richardson, a CEO of a Boulder startup called helixtime.io.  Dan’s company is working on a new interesting way to represent time and events over time in one, beautiful, interactive visualization in the shape of a helix.  The video below shows the fractal, nested nature of the Helix.

We don’t often have a chance to see something truly new and creative.  I feel that helixtime.io has done it.  The Helix could be a productive new way to visualize complex data and events over time.  And this could be a beneficial way to explore data in both 2-D and in AR/VR environment.

For more, check https://helixtime.io.

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Who Discovered Krypton?

Below is an interesting way to present the Periodic Table of Elements (or, The Mendeleev’s Table).  Each element is presented with the year and the flag of the country in which it was discovered (click to enlarge).

It is interesting to see the “clusters” of discoveries by time and country…  The clusters illustrate the intellectual history of countries particularly strong in fundamental science at specific periods of time.

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Tech Bits, Week of October 21, 2018

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?

It looks like we have solid HDD demand, driven by seasonality but the overall TAM continues its steady decline.  So short term profits will give way to more uncertainty in the market as the declining prices of SSD and the emergence of QLC will accelerate the switchover (from disk to SSD) in more segments: link.

If you are a fan of animated films, read this for a little perspective of the massive amounts of data manipulation required to develop the models, add all the details and edit the final product.  These guys are pretty demanding and their media of choice was HDD for many years, but they are migrating to AFA’s for improvements in latency and performance!

Memristor CAGR is on the rise, but it is going to take awhile for this niche to displace mainstream SSD or HDD.  I continue to believe that storage class memories such as MRAM or memristors will help rewrite the face of compute in coming years.  Read more here.

Skyrmion development starting to get interesting

… and funding for improved storage systems architecture increasing.

It looks like another pillar in the foundation of quantum computing has been built (or at least been proven).

More on why we think Quantum Computing (QC) will be an important technology, especially for encryption…. if only we could figure out how to make it work without error…  Read more here.

RISC-V for Gen-Z fabrics?  It should help as this talk from HPE highlights.  Some good discussion at the end as well…

Security of a lot of server devices is suspect given this discovery (The original Business Week article is linked inside the Krebs note.)  I suspect we have not heard the last of this story, but as with any PCBA design, wouldn’t a simple board design review have caught this?

A proper use for femtosecond lasers is in fundamental research areas such as this.  Imagine what we will learn when we exploit methods like these.  Read more here.

Managers, listen (and read) up!

It looks like we are getting closer to understanding how color detection works.

A little about what it is like to abandon Google Search for Bing

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International Diplomacy and Google Translate

Recently, I purchased (online) a coin (number 3920) from The White House Gift Shop that commemorated the meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Let’s say I did it for sentimental reasons.

After checking the impressive front of this coin, I switched my attention to the back.  And was shocked…

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Run Atlas Run

I wrote about this company before: link, link, link, and link.

What can I say…  Boston Dynamics and everything they do is simply amazing!

 

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