Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

August 16, 2016, Infiniband Trade Association (IBTA) and OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), San Francisco—William Lee from the IBTA provided an update on the organizations’ activities. The IBTA is an organization that develops and promotes standards for interconnect fabrics based on remote direct memory access (RDMA), and supports compliance and compatibility tests. The Open Fabrics Alliance supports [...]

October 2015 – Continuing their push into the combined CPU/GPU designs, AMD released the R Series SOC for embedded applications. The new chip, called the “merlin falcon”, is smaller than previous designs in this family by over 30%. The reduction in area and package size comes from the use of the Excavator architecture for the [...]

October 2015 – At the Linley Processor Conference, the HAS released an update on the progress of the consortiums efforts. The consortium is making progress since their 1.0 specification release earlier this year. The CPU & GPU computing paradigm supports a memory coherency model and a memory partitioning by tasks. For realization of the specification, [...]

August 2015 – On the graphics visualization front, Intel was discussion an adaption to the new generation of processors that is using CPU based processing as an alternative to GPU and dedicated memory offload. Even though the new processors include both CPUs and GPUs in the same chip, and they share a common bus, there [...]

August 11, 2015, Siggraph, Los Angeles—Tim Foley from Nvidia provided an overview of the latest generation of APIs for graphics work on various platforms. These new APIs are emerging as systems become performance and power limited. The new generation of APIs include Vulkan, D3D12 (or DX12) and Metal. The rationale for the new languages is [...]

May 21, 2015, Imagination Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Tony King-Smith from Imagination talked about the long-term problems for security in embedded systems. The results of a breach can be very sinister and difficult to eradicate. Lately, the world has seen many new attack vectors like “heart bleed” and the IoT will have high consequences for consumers [...]

October 1, 2014, Arm TechCon, Santa Clara, CA—Mukund Srinivasan from Ittiam described the requirements and results of accelerating the newest codecs on GPUs. The needs for higher compression ratios for video is facing the challenges of compute workloads and CPU capacity. The market is seeing much more video on all devices, but particularly on mobile [...]

September 10, 2014, Intel Develop Forum, San Francisco—Stan Baran described the requirements and recommendations for HD video communications. The capabilities require numerous hardware and software functions that are highly interactive and open to a wide range of optimizations. The basic application uses the capabilities of the base processors, optimized drivers, and a number of tools [...]

September 10, 2014, Intel Developers Forum, San Francisco—Graphics performance has increased by a factor of 75 since ’06. To keep up with the growing requirements, the latest Core-M processor uses about half of the die for graphics functions. the challenge is to extract full performance from the chips. To help get better graphics performance, Intel [...]

May 7, 2014, Internet of Things Developers Conference, Santa Calara, CA—Kin-Yip Liu from Cavium talked about the bigger industry drivers for semiconductors. Of course, performance and power are at the top of the list, but integrated functionality is starting to matter. For example, in security functions, new issues are for transactions and access authorizations, especially [...]