Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

August 20, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—P.K. Gupta from the Intel Cloud Platform Technology Group advocates using FPGAs for some acceleration tasks. The growing needs for compute and the associated stress on systems requires alternatives to adding more servers, especially in cloud platforms. The cloud computing services are growing at a CAGR over 15 [...]

August 20, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Rik Dunphy from Intel presented some tips for optimizing video processing and delivery on Xeon processors. The latest E3 processor family has added new processing capabilities which will require different approaches to server-class video processing. The nature of video workloads is changing with more offline file-based transcoding, and [...]

August 20, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Nitin Saragdhar from the Intel security group talked about biometric authentication in a trusted execution environment. The growing number of damaging exploits and data breaches is raising concerns, but users don’t want to have more and higher complexity passwords. Users need to be authenticated t ensure that all [...]

August 11, 2015, Siggraph, Los Angeles—Vicon Motion Systems introduced their Vantage system with new hardware and software to add more capabilities to their systems. The 31-year old company has been working in motion capture using active emitters and targets on the subjects. The latest system is a new architecture, upgrades the IR emitters to get [...]

August 10, 2015, Los Angeles—Joichi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, talked about the interdisciplinary research center, and how it works to transcend boundaries. The Lab considers R & D as a function for learning without the normal constraints of departments and fields of study. The Lab is comprised of 24 groups, each [...]

June 2015 – Just before WWDC in San Francisco, Showstoppers held a press event to highlight some of the vendors and suppliers appearing at the conference. One of the announcements was from Parallels which was showing off their Desktop 10 product. The software is targeted at both developers and business professionals who have a requirement [...]

June 2, 2015, Society for Information Display Symposium, San Jose, CA—Engineers from Intel explained their work on RGB-D cameras that operate at over 30 fps. By synchronizing and combining registration of the visible and IR depth information, they enable new apps and user experiences. The underlying technology is similar to that in the Microsoft Kinect. [...]

May 21, 2015, Imagination Summit, Santa Clara, CA—Art Swift from the prpl foundation talked about a new frontier in information security and the need to move to hardware-based security for SoCs. The founding member of the foundation is Imagination. The security industry is facing many new challenges, many related to the users’ inertia in updating [...]

May 6, 2015, NeuroGaming Conference, San Francisco—A panel moderated by Jim Gatta from the legal firm Pillsbury considered the evolving interfaces and emergence of sensory gaming platforms. Panelists were Tan Le from Emotive, Richard Marks from Sony Playstation Magin Labs, David Holz from Leap Motion, and Nick Thomas from Immersion. The nature of changing interfaces [...]

April 20, 2015, Trusted Compute Group, San Francisco—A panel moderated by Rich Nass of Open Systems Media and comprised of panelists Stacey Cannady from Cisco, Chuck Benson from the University of Washington, and Darin Anderson from Cyber United looked at security in the Internet of things (IoT). The fundamental issue is that the billions of [...]