IT - Technology
22 Mar 2016
Mellanox Readies First 200 Gb/S Silicon Photonics Devices
HPCWire, March 22th, 2016

"At the Optical Fiber Conference taking place from March 22-24 in Anaheim, Calif., Mellanox Technologies is announcing an 'important milestone' on the road to High Data Rate (HDR) 200 Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet networks. At the trade show, the company is demonstrating 50 Gb/s silicon photonics optical modulators and detectors, which will comprise key elements of 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s LinkX cables and transceivers.

'We are the first company to lay out a strategy for 200 Gb/s that's based on the very same QSFP form factor that 40 Gigabit networks, 56 Gb/s in the case of InfiniBand, and 100 Gigabit networks in the case of InfiniBand and Ethernet are all based on,' states Arlon Martin, senior director of marketing at Mellanox Technologies..."
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24 Mar 2016
9 Ways Technology Will Change Within The Next 10 Years
Network World, March 24th, 2016

"Ten years ago, there were no smartphones. It was the coffeeshop era of Wi-Fi, which meant that the Internet was just beginning to follow us out the door and into the world. Amazon first released EC2, to some confusion.

Nowadays, of course, Wi-Fi and mobile data are almost ubiquitous, smartphones have hit market saturation in the most developed nations, and EC2 is a cornerstone of modern business IT. The pace of technological progress continues to accelerate, it seems, as entire new product categories change the way we live and do business, and there's no end in sight.

Here's our look ahead to 10 years in the future, and how the tech world may change..."
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21 Mar 2016
Hyper-Connected Cars Can Drive You To Paranoia
Network World, March 21st, 2016

"This sounds like an ugly thing for a ham radio operator and director of a community radio station to say but: Clip your car's antenna. Or stuff a wad of chewing gum into your car's USB port, and perhaps its ODB2 port. Enough is enough.

As Andy Greenberg of WIRED wrote of a US DOT Public Service Announcement, 'it is important that consumers and manufacturers maintain awareness of potential cyber security threats' to their now hyper-connected cars..."
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23 Mar 2016
Should You Worry That Your Car Will Be Hacked?
ComputerWorld, March 23rd, 2016

"The federal government's warning last week about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in vehicles is a well-intentioned public service announcement that has little value for consumers.

The warning noted the highly publicized wireless vehicle hack of a Chrysler Jeep Cherokee last July, where two security experts demonstrated they could control critical functions of the vehicle. The revelation lead to Chrysler recalling 1.4 million vehicles to update software..."
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24 Mar 2016
The Most Momentous Tech Events Of The Past 30 Years (Slideshow)
Network World, March 24th, 2016

"The tech industry mirrors what goes on in regular society - people and companies rise in power one year only to fade away the next. That kind of change is the one constant in the high-tech industry. We have seen some spectacular successes and some incredible flame-outs. In 30 years the tech industry has seen many such transformations from companies such as IBM and Cisco to Nortel (remember them?) to technologies like SNA and Token Ring to Ethernet. Here we try to focus on the most important happenings since our own inception in 1986. Enjoy the ride..."
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22 Mar 2016
Want Faster Systems? Grow A Laser On The Chip
Network World, March 22th, 2016

"Using lasers to communicate between microprocessors and systems will make electronics much faster. The race is on and a laser has now been grown directly on a chip, say scientists.

One of the things that has always been a bottleneck in electronics has been getting the data in and out of the chip. The silicon semiconductor, within itself, communicates faster than it does with the surrounding system.

That may be about to change, though. A laser incorporated onto the semiconductor could be the answer to solving the slowdown, think scientists. And they now believe they know how to do it: Simply grow the laser straight onto the silicon..."
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