Sunday, March 26th, 2017

May 24,2016, Society for Information Display, San Francisco—Hiroyuki Oshima from Japan Display presented a wide-ranging talk on displays, focusing on the next generation of mobile devices. This display category is primed with opportunities, yet faced with many technical challenges to achieve those opportunities. Displays have evolved from the early CRTs to flat panels, first as [...]

November 10, 2015, ARM Techcon, Santa Clara, CA—Charles Garcia-Tobin from ARM talked about thermal management and energy aware scheduling on Linux. The ability to change power based on workloads has been a part of ARM’s power allocation capabilities for some time. For many mobile devices, the workloads fall into three main categories, short bursts of [...]

November 11, 2015, ARM TechCon, Santa Clara, CA—Markus Levy from EEMBC talked about the need for care in reviewing benchmark results. Even though many benchmarks are easy to apply and provide hard numbers, they may not be appropriate for the units being measured. EEMBC has been in the standard benchmark arena for 18 years as [...]

September 22, 2015, SNIA Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Bev Crair from Intel Storage Group described the drivers and motivations for changing your ideas about storage. The next generation of storage will be a function of innovation, disruption, and trailing-edge technologies. The primary drivers are: information growth, with data size doubling every two years through [...]

August 18. 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Dan Froelich from Intel described the storage transition to PCI-e interfaces. The change is facilitated by new form factors and products. The availability of storage in SSD and PCI-e configurations is approaching 10 percent of the total storage market and growing faster than rotating disks. Forecasts indicate a [...]

August 19, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Jason Ross described the design, architecture, and processing changes that enabled improved performance at lower power for the graphics engines in the latest Intel core processors. The changes reflect the changing environments for the commercial-grade parts. In the past, PCs and their graphics engines had the luxury of [...]

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 [...]

August 10, 2015, Siggraph, Los Angeles—Neil Trevett from Khronos provided an update on the organization’s various standards and initiatives. The graphics APIs have undergone fundamental changes in approach while the safety critical work is getting increased looks from areas outside the traditional safety critical industries. All of the graphics APIs have updates. OpenGL ES 3.2 [...]

April 8, 2015, Data Storage Innovation Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Eric Burgener from IDC talked about the directions and changes in the flash markets, with emphasis on flash-based arrays. The constant drivers are for bigger, faster, and cheaper for all devices. The all flash market is becoming the third compute platform. Many systems are changing into [...]

April 7, 2015, Data Storage Innovations Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Rubin Mohan from HP and Craig Carlson from QLogic talked about the next-generation of low latency SAN. They described the various components and aspects of storage performance and how those factors affect latency. Everyone is at least vaguely familiar with the basic performance measurements. IOPS is [...]