Computer trends 2019

Here are some ICT trends for year 2019 picked from various sources (linked to sources) and edited by me:

General: From AI to Moore’s Law, the entire industry is deep in the throes of massive changes. The future will be characterized by smart devices delivering increasingly insightful digital services everywhere. While CPUs continue to evolve, performance is no longer limited to a single processor type or process geometry.

Business: There seems to be a clear evidence from this research that businesses are adopting and looking to capitalise on the benefits of Big Data, the Internet Of Things and Sensor technology for their mobile workforces.

Open source: 2019 Will Be the Year of Open Source in software and even in hardware. We saw more activity in open source than ever before in 2018. And the momentum isn’t likely to slow down in 2019.

Web is mobile: According to the statistics of FICORA, Ofcom, the PC has lost its place as the first device and platform for web browsing. Almost half of the web browses the web with a smart phone, which places a requirement on all online services from shops to news sites.

Multiple devices: As the number of different IT devices continues to grow, there are more and more devices in use at the same time.
 Situations and tasks that utilize and use multiple devices together have become commonplace. We need to think how how user interfaces could better support multi-device sharing.

Artificial intelligence: It seems that AI Market Ramps Everywhere. The AI term creates hope for some, fear for others, and confusion for all. Artificial intelligence (AI) is what the Internet of Things was two years ago – overhyped and not very well understood. The obvious shift is the infusion of AI (and its subcategories, machine learning and deep learning) into different markets. It seems that you don’t need to be artificial intelligence wizard anymore to use some AI – at best, implementation can be picked up by GitHub without really understanding anything. AI Still Has Trust Issues for many. There are also views that now hot artificial intelligence is the bubble that broke out last in the 1990s because at present, artificial intelligence and man form a bad cyborg. You need to separate AI Hype From Reality because it seems to be a miraculous thing where almost nobody knows what it is.

AI chips: While GPUs are well-positioned in machine learning, data type flexibility and power efficiency are making FPGAs increasingly attractive. Today, selling custom chips for artificial intelligence is still a small business. Intel, the largest manufacturer of computer processors, has appraised the current market at $2.5 billion, one half of one percent of the estimated value of the 2018 global semiconductor market. At a press event at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Intel announced the Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP-I), an AI chip for inference-based workloads that fits into a GPU-like form factor. Google and NXP advance artificial intelligence with the Edge TPU.

AI-driven development: AI-driven development looks at tools, technologies and best practices for embedding AI into applications and using AI to create AI-powered tools for the development process.

Huge data: It seems that It’s All About The Data. Data creation, management and processing always have been a winning business formula. It takes lots of data to train AI systems and IoT systems generate a lot of data.Data scientists now have increasing amounts of data to prepare, analyze and group — and from which to draw conclusions. The entire tech industry has changed in several fundamental ways over the past year due to the massive growth in data. Many data science tasks will be automated. Hardware and software are no longer the starting points for technology design. It’s now about data processing, flow and throughput.

Digital twins: A digital twin is a digital representation that mirrors a real-life object, process or system. Digital twins can also be linked to create twins of larger systems, such as a power plant or city. The idea of a digital twin is not new but is has become hot when AI and IoT were added to the mix.

Edge computing: Edge computing is a topology where information processing and content collection and delivery are placed closer to the sources of the information, with the idea that keeping traffic local will reduce latency. Currently, much of the focus of this technology is a result of the need for IoT systems to deliver disconnected or distributed capabilities into the embedded IoT world.

Power consumption: Globally, ICT today consumes 8% of all electricity and doubles every year. I think we needs new semiconductor technologies and maybe also more optimized software that does more but consumes less power.

Memories: DRAM market growth stops in 2019. GDDR6 and HBM2 impacts system design. There is disparity between the different types of DRAM, from GDDR to HBM.

Faster storage: Apacer has CFexpress card, which supports PCIe and the new NVMe 1.3 protocol, transfers data at a rate of two gigabytes per second.

Heterogeneous architectures: Need for increased computing power requires new multi-processor architectures (hybrid processors). Heterogeneous design is changing the starting point for chip design so that integration is now more the real challenge rather than the processor core. Many ARM processors already use hybrid architecture. Intel has unveiled a new Foveros architecture that addresses the challenge of Arm processors.

Immersive technologies: Users can interact with the world with immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR). AR brings new possibilities. A smart space is a physical or digital environment in which humans and technology-enabled systems interact in increasingly open, connected, coordinated and intelligent ecosystems.

Open hardware: Can RISC-V – Linux of Microprocessors – Start an Open Hardware Renaissance? RISC-V is an open source processor command set that can be used with the same principles as Linux code. RISCV is now being firmly linked to Linux as the Linux Foundation and the RISC-V Foundation have agreed to work together to promote open code development and RISC-V deployment. For the first time, Arm architecture will be a serious challenger in millions, even billions of embedded devices. Companies like Hi-Five, NVIDIA and WDplan to release product with RISC-V in them. This year RISC-V does not compete with traditional CPUs on PCs. Also MIPS hardware architecture is opening up.

Containers: Is Kubernetes the new application server? If you thought there was a lot of chatter about Kubernetes in 2018, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Software robotics: Software robotics becomes widely available. Robot Framework will be important on this.

Intel processors: Intel Announces Faster Processors Patched for Meltdown and Spectre, New Intel Architectures and Technologies Target Expanded Market Opportunities. Intel Demonstrates 10nm-based PCs, Data Center and Networking Systems, Next-Gen ‘Sunny Cove’ Architecture with AI and Crypto Acceleration, and 3D Logic Chip Packaging Technology. 5 Observations From Intel’s Event article says that mysterious locations, codenames and process delays are on the top of the list. Intel’s Foveros Lakefield technology for making smaller chips.

AMD processors: Ryzen mobile processors would begin showing up in ultrathin and gaming laptops by the end of the first quarterAMD starts to use 7nm technology: Radeon VII GPU will be available and it is promised to be 27% to 62% faster, third-generation Ryzen desktop processor and second-generation EPYC server processor will be available starting later this year. AMD is challenging Intel in Chromebooks with A-Series CPUs and launching Ryzen Mobile 3000-Series chips with 2nd-generation Ryzen Mobile parts.

ARM processors: Taking aim at Intel, Qualcomm launches chip for business PCs. The Snapdragon 8cx series is Qualcomm’s first chip specifically designed for computersQualcomm’s pitch is that laptops using its chips will go days without needing to be plugged in, and will always be connected to the internet via cellular networks. The Snapdragon 8cx is also the world’s first 7-nanometer PC processor platform and promises superior performance for laptop. Intel’s position on laptops is very strong and Qualcomm has a big hill to get up if it really wants to challenge Intel’s PC side. Huawei Rolls 7nm ARM Server CPU Kunpeng 920 that is said to outperform ThunderX2, Ampere by 25%. Rumors are circulating that Apple will obsolete x86-based computers in favor of its own SoC-powered successors.

NVIDIA: RTX 2060 GPU was introduced. GeForce RTX™ graphics cards are powered by the Turing GPU architecture and the all-new RTX platform. This promises to give you up to 6X the performance of previous-generation graphics cards and brings the power of real-time ray tracing and AI to your favorite games. GeForce RTX 20 Series GPUs to gaming laptops.

Microsoft hardware: Microsoft reportedly working on Xbox and Windows webcams for 2019.

Windows security: Microsoft officially announces ‘Windows Sandbox’ for running applications in isolation.Microsoft’s coming ‘Windows Sandbox’ feature is a lightweight virtual machine that allow users to run potentially suspicious software in isolation. It could debut in Windows 10 19H1,

Storage: NVMe Hits a Tipping Point. A show dedicated to NVM Express (NVMe) next month solidifies an industry-wide sentiment that the host controller interface and storage protocol hit a tipping point in the last year. It is expected that we’re going to see the majority of new products coming out with NVMe. There are already relatively young NVM Express Over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) specification and even some hard disk enclosures using NVMe.

Fibre channel: Broadcom Nudges Fibre Channel to 64G using 64G optical modules (just starting to sample) and PCIe Gen 4 connections that are not yet generally available on x86 servers.

Faster PCIe:PCIe 4.0 is ready. The PCISIG organization has completed the new 4.0 version of the PCIe bus, and now the technology is expected to be deployed on the devices. It is possible to to get the full PCIe 4.0 speed with both copper and fiber. It seems that this year PCIe 4.0 comes to wider us for x86 servers.

FPGA: FPGA Graduates To First-Tier Status because FPGAs are better for certain types of computation than CPUs or GPUs.While GPUs are well-positioned in machine learning, data type flexibility and power efficiency are making FPGAs increasingly attractive.

Enterprise software:Legacy enterprise applications and software systems have a reputation for being clunky, expensive, and almost impossible to keep up to date. Rethink your enterprise software systems and consider whether cloud-based options like SaaS may better serve your needs. Office 365 is massively successful. AWS services are running the backend of thousands of major companies now. As internet connections and speeds increase, the cloud becomes more and more viable as it is more cost effective to centralize computer hardware reducing costs for companies and employee overhead.

Windows 10: Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10. Microsoft could be preparing to ditch the EdgeHTML layout engine of its unloved Edge browser in Windows 10 in favour of Chromium. Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is improved. Microsoft new Windows 10 reserves ~7GB of disk space for updates, apps, and more to ensure critical OS functions always have space.

Light Windows: Microsoft is working on Windows Lite, a super lightweight, instant on, always connected OS that runs only PWAs and UWP apps, to challenge Chrome OS. Microsoft’s ‘Centaurus’ device is yet another potential piece of its Chromebook-compete strategy.

Coding for Windows: Microsoft has released a public preview of Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac. Microsoft open sources its most popular Windows UX frameworks and says the first preview of .NET Core 3.0 is now available — Microsoft is open sourcing WPF, Windows Forms and Win UI via GitHub.

Quantum computing: Quantum computing is a type of nonclassical computing that is based on the quantum state of subatomic particles that represent information as elements denoted as quantum bits or “qubits.” Quantum computers are an exponentially scalable and highly parallel computing model. They can work well on some specific tasks suitable for them, but are not suitable for most generic computing tasks we are used to.

Blockchain: Blockchain is a type of distributed ledger, an expanding chronologically ordered list of cryptographically signed, irrevocable transactional records shared by all participants in a network. It can work with untrusted parties without the need for a centralized party (i.e., a bank). Businesses should begin evaluating the technology to see if it fits their business or not. You need to separate Blockchain hype from Reality because it seems to be a potentially miraculous thing where almost nobody knows exactly what it is to what it is good for. Check this related Dilbert comic.

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Digital transformation reality check: 10 trends

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Kubernetes in 2019: 6 developments to expect

What to expect from CES 2019

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft: This is world’s first automated DNA data storage, retrieval system
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-this-is-worlds-first-automated-dna-data-storage-retrieval-system/

    Microsoft researchers reveal an apparatus for automating the storage and retrieval of data stored in DNA.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    RAID 5 vs RAID 6
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuUgfCvt9-Q

    What is the difference between RAID 5 and RAID 6? This is an animated video explaining the difference between them.

    What is RAID 0, 1, 5, & 10?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-OCdTeZLac

    RAID explained. This is an animated video explaining different RAID levels. It’s a RAID tutorial of level 0, 1, 5, & 10. Redundant array of independent disks English and Hindi captions.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
    Microsoft, Adobe, SAP to expand Open Data Initiative, which unifies data across their platforms, by adding partners, starting with WPP, Sprinklr, and 10 others

    Microsoft, Adobe and SAP prepare to expand their Open Data Initiative
    https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/27/microsoft-adobe-and-sap-prepare-to-expand-their-open-data-initiative/

    At last year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, the CEOs of Microsoft, Adobe and SAP took the stage to announce the launch of the Open Data Initiative. The idea behind this effort was to make it easier for their customers to move data between each others’ services by standardizing on a common data format and helping them move their data out of their respective silos and into a single customer-chosen data lake. At this week’s Adobe Summit, the three companies today announced how they plan to expand this program as they look to bring in additional partners.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Challenges for AR/VR to Go Mainstream
    https://www.eeweb.com/profile/yairs/articles/the-challenges-for-ar-vr-to-go-mainstream

    Devices announced recently at MWC 2019 — such as the Microsoft HoloLens 2, the Varjo VR-1, the Vuzix M400, and the Magic Leap One — are targeted at either developers or enterprise users and are priced out of the consumer’s reach. In my opinion, only the mobile devices are able to deliver the right user experience that is necessary for mass adoption.

    That said, the upcoming Facebook Oculus Quest and its competition, the HTC Vive Focus Plus, both launching later this year, are untethered, all-in-one headsets that don’t require a smartphone to handle processing. They promise big things, if early reviews are to be believed.

    What happens now?
    While VR/AR has often appeared about to take off, only to disappoint, today, we have better technology than ever before, with high-performance image-processing hardware that can deliver the dazzling capabilities required without draining a device’s battery too quickly.

    The major headset vendors are iterating toward more mature designs, and they are using their years of experience to deliver hardware that meets consumers’ expectations. Opinions are more mixed on where we stand on software: Some major publishers have slashed their investments, but AR and VR titles are being developed all the time, and the potential is there for a breakthrough hit to drive hardware adoption sooner or later.

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
    Intel announces its second-generation Xeon Scalable processor, Cascade Lake, new Optane memory modules, Intel-developed Agilex FPGAs, and more — Today is the big day in 2019 for Intel’s Enterprise product announcements, combining some products that should be available from today …

    Intel’s Enterprise Extravaganza 2019: Launching Cascade Lake, Optane DCPMM, Agilex FPGAs, 100G Ethernet, and Xeon D-1600
    https://www.anandtech.com/show/14155/intels-enterprise-extravaganza-2019-roundup

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The CEO behind ‘Fortnite’ says it’s ‘evolving beyond being a game’ and explains the company’s ambitious vision
    https://nordic.businessinsider.com/epic-games-ceo-tim-sweeney-fortnite-unreal-engine-2019-3?op=1&r=US&IR=T

    Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says that the company has big plans for “Fortnite,” which it sees “evolving beyond being a game.”
    He says that the game’s recently added Creative mode has 100 million players.
    The goal, he says, is to build on Creative mode’s success by giving players more tools to build and contribute to the virtual world of “Fortnite” – including by bringing it closer to the Unreal Engine, Epic’s very popular game development platform.

    Nowadays, Epic Games is best known as the proprietor of the smash-hit “Fortnite,” the most popular game in the world, with some 250 million players. Less visibly, the Unreal Engine has grown over the years to become the foundation for blockbuster games including “Kingdom Hearts 3,” the forthcoming “Mortal Kombat 11,” and, naturally, “Fortnite” itself. Epic says that 7.5 million developers are using Unreal Engine today.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Optane No Big Boost for DRAM
    New Intel DIMMs show rough road ahead for new memories
    https://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1334502

    Intel and Micron launched 3D XPoint with great fanfare in July 2015 as the first new memory architecture in decades. Nearly five years later, the chips are finally shipping in both solid-state drives (SSDs) and dual-inline memory modules (DIMMs), but their sparkle has dimmed.

    Intel provided the first design and performance details of its Optane DIMMs and its proprietary DDR-T protocol as part of a broad release of new data center chips.

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel Gangs Up on the Data Center
    New Xeon, FPGA, Optane chips forge proprietary links
    https://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1334501

    Intel announced a basketful of Xeon processors, Agilex FPGAs, and Optane DIMMs to power next-generation servers and network gear. The components’ use of proprietary interconnects is raising concerns among some of its largest customers given that Intel’s CPUs dominate in servers.

    Strategically, Intel has tied its CPUs, FPGAs, and memories into a package deal, claiming performance benefits. It’s part of an industry trend to harness several chips into a dogsled that drives systems performance forward given the slowing rate of performance gains in individual chips.

    Last month, Intel announced plans for CXL, an open processor bus that it will implement starting in 2021.

    Three interfaces, now? Four?
    “The industry is confused about interfaces such as CCIX, GenZ, CXL, and I think there is a fourth,” he added. “Which one do I bet on? Will my software work carry forward? That confusion is holding people back. So even if there are performance gains, the industry is not doing itself a favor by fragmenting standards.”

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Fact Sheet: Intel Unveils New Technologies to Accelerate Innovation in a Data-Centric World
    https://newsroom.intel.com/news/fact-sheet-intel-unveils-new-technologies-accelerate-innovation-data-centric-world/#gs.3khffh

    Next-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, Intel SSDs, Intel Agilex FPGAs and Ethernet Technologies Enable the Accelerated Movement, Storage and Processing of the World’s Data

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
    Microsoft makes Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac generally available with a new start window, more coding space, better C++ support, and smarter debugging

    Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2019 for Windows and Mac
    https://venturebeat.com/2019/04/02/microsoft-launches-visual-studio-2019-for-windows-and-mac/

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Optane No Big Boost for DRAM
    New Intel DIMMs show rough road ahead for new memories
    https://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1334502

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mike Fortin / Windows Experience Blog:
    Starting with the May 2019 Update, Windows 10 will no longer auto install feature updates and will let users pause updates for up to 35 days — While regular updates are critical to keeping modern devices secure and running smoothly in a diverse and dynamic ecosystem, we have heard clear feedback …

    Improving the Windows 10 update experience with control, quality and transparency
    https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2019/04/04/improving-the-windows-10-update-experience-with-control-quality-and-transparency/

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dan Seifert / The Verge:
    Alienware Area-51m review: desktop-class performance with upgradable CPU and GPU, but requires two large power adapters, isn’t portable, and is very expensive

    Alienware Area-51m review: portable desktop
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/4/18294631/alienware-area-51m-review-gaming-laptop-specs-price-features

    The Area-51m has plenty of brawn, but it comes with a high price

    Alienware’s new Area-51m, which starts at around $1,950 and can be configured well north of $5,000, is not one of those gaming laptops. It is a behemoth that calls back to the time when all gaming laptops were thick, heavy computers that never left the comfort of a sturdy desk.

    But while the Area-51m is twice as heavy and almost twice as thick as the latest Razer Blade or thin MSI gaming laptops, it does things that those computers just can’t. It’s more powerful, thanks to a desktop-class processor and full-power mobile GPU, instead of the lower-power Max Q graphics cards and mobile processors found in those other machines. Unlike most, it has a 17-inch display and a full-size keyboard, with both a number pad and macro keys. But it also has the ability to let you upgrade its primary components when better, faster chips become available. That’s just not something you can do with the vast majority of gaming laptops on the market right now — whether they’re thin or not.

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    On balance, the cloud has been a huge boon to startups
    https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/05/on-balance-the-cloud-has-been-a-huge-boon-to-startups/?tpcc=ECFB2019

    Today’s startups have a distinct advantage when it comes to launching a company because of the public cloud. You don’t have to build infrastructure or worry about what happens when you scale too quickly. The cloud vendors take care of all that for you.

    But last month when Pinterest announced its IPO, the company’s cloud spend raised eyebrows. You see, the company is spending $750 million a year on cloud services

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New Path-Traced Shaders Make Minecraft Look Amazing
    https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/288758-new-path-traced-shaders-make-minecraft-look-amazing

    a recent video showed just how gorgeous Minecraft can be with a little help from path tracing

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mr. Framework, Tear Down this Wall: a Comparison of SAFe and LeSS
    29.3.2019 klo 15.25
    https://www.nitor.com/fi/uutiset-ja-blogi/mr-framework-tear-down-wall-comparison-safe-and-less

    Can the two currently most popular frameworks for large-scale agile, SAFe and LeSS be compared? How do they differ?

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to make sure that your product is accessible to all users
    https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/27/how-to-make-sure-that-your-product-is-accessible-to-all-users/

    Lawsuits are coming for sites and apps that don’t follow web standards

    As tempting as it might be to prioritize a stunning visual and mobile experience over an accessible design, accessibility is a legal requirement—not an option—for many businesses.

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Multilingual Web (#1): The Mirage of a Lingua Franca
    https://medium.com/siili-automotive/multilingual-web-1-the-mirage-of-a-lingua-franca-4cf78d1b5661

    Design and code techniques for international websites

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
    Microsoft changes the default removal policy for external storage like USB thumb drives in Windows 10 from “Better performance” to “Quick removal”

    Windows 10 1809 Changed the Default Removal Policy for External Drives
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-1809-changed-the-default-removal-policy-for-external-drives/

    The default removal policy for external storage media was changed by Microsoft in Windows 10 version 1809 from “Better performance” to “Quick removal” which, for some users, may translate into faster removal times with degraded performance.

    As explained in the support document detailing the change, “Quick removal” and “Better performance” are the only two removal policies used by Windows to manage “external storage devices such as USB thumb drives or Thunderbolt-enabled external drives.”

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    http://www.etn.fi/index.php/13-news/9336-amd-n-uusin-hakkaa-intelin-peruslappareissa

    AMD on esitellyt uusimmat Ryzen-sarjan suorittimensa perustason kannettaviin. 12 nanometrin prosessissa valmistettujen toisen polven Ryzen Pro -piirien suorituskyky on tähän asti parasta, mitä ns. perusläppäreissä on saatu.

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft reveals all the Google things it removed in its Chromium Edge browser
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/8/18300772/microsoft-google-services-removed-changed-chromium-edge-browser

    Microsoft just released preview versions of its Chromium-powered Edge browser today.

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel’s Latest Products Zero in on Data-Centric Computing
    https://www.electronicdesign.com/industrial-automation/intel-s-latest-products-zero-data-centric-computing?NL=ED-005&Issue=ED-005_20190410_ED-005_195&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_2_b&utm_rid=CPG05000002750211&utm_campaign=24756&utm_medium=email&elq2=c527d63e77f04ac99cffb11b96b63920

    Navin Shenoy, Intel executive vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, displayed a wafer containing Intel Xeon processors during the keynote at Intel’s data-centric product announcement.

    The Xeon Cascade Lake family features the top-end Xeon Platinum 9200 processor with 56 cores and 12 DDR4 memory channels down to the 8-core, Xeon D-1600 system-on-chip (SoC) designed for edge computing and compact servers. The top-end system has a whopping 400 W TDP, but the 32-core Xeon 9221 is only 250 W. The latest systems target the cloud, allowing systems with up to eight chips to be connected together in a glueless configuration. In addition, network-optimized Xeon SKUs target network-function-virtualized (NFV) infrastructures.

    A dual-core D-1600 SoC requires only 27 W (Fig. 2). This family incorporates 10G Ethernet, USB, SATA, and PCI Express (PCIe) support.

    The Xeon systems have been augmented to handle networking and artificial-intelligence (AI) chores with Intel Deep Learning Boost (Intel DL Boost) technology. The AVX-512 Vector Neural Network Instructions (VNNI) are designed to accelerate machine-learning (ML) applications that employ deep neural networks. Intel intends to challenge GPGPUs like those from NVIDIA when it comes to inference jobs that have smaller batch sizes.

    Intel DL Boost is optimized to accelerate AI inference workloads like image recognition, object detection, and image segmentation within data-center, enterprise, and intelligent edge-computing environments. Intel’s OpenVINO framework

    The new chips provide additional hardware-based protections against Spectre and Meltdown attacks. They also have a unique Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) that can be used by Intel’s Secure Device Onboard (SDO) for deployment of IoT devices.

    At its recent data-centric presentation, Intel introduced an array of products from new Xeons to networking and storage solutions.

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Proposed Supercomputer Will Be Six Billion Times Faster Than a Cray-1
    https://www.designnews.com/electronics-test/proposed-supercomputer-will-be-six-billion-times-faster-cray-1/206062118560575?ADTRK=UBM&elq_mid=8121&elq_cid=876648

    A massive $500 million supercomputer will be deployed at Argonne National Laboratory in 2021.The lab is already targeting a wide variety of engineering applications.

    A breathtakingly fast computer being developed by Cray Inc. and Intel Corp.may help address some of the world’s most inscrutable science and engineering problems, ranging from the origin of the universe to the development of cheap, high-energy, electric car batteries.

    The machine, known as Aurora, will be unlike any computer ever built. Operating at a quintillion calculations per second, it will be five to ten times faster than today’s speediest supercomputers. It will cost more than $500 million, use more than 200,000 processor cores, burn multiple megawatts of power, and calculate six billion times faster than a Cray-1 – the machine that put supercomputing on the map 40 years ago.

    Argonne Labs refers to Aurora’s prodigious calculating capabilities as “exascale” computing – meaning that it will do 1018 calculations per second.

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  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    RIP: Microsoft finally pulls plug on last XP survivor… POSReady 2009
    Welcome to Day One of the post NT 5.1 era
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/10/windows_xp_finally_ends/

    Windows XP has finally reached the end of the road, as the last supported variant – POSReady 2009 – is supported no more.

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  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Rust never sleeps: C++-alike language tops Stack Overflow survey for fourth year in a row
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/09/stack_overflow_survey/

    Python still popular. Visual Basic for Applications liked about as much as meetings

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  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bash vs. Python: Which language should you use?
    https://opensource.com/article/19/4/bash-vs-python?sc_cid=7016000000127ECAAY

    Both programming languages have pros and cons that make them better for some tasks than others.

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  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The CEO behind ‘Fortnite’ says it’s ‘evolving beyond being a game’ and explains the company’s ambitious vision
    https://nordic.businessinsider.com/epic-games-ceo-tim-sweeney-fortnite-unreal-engine-2019-3?op=1&r=US&IR=T

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  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Giancarlo Valdes / VentureBeat:
    Kickstarter says game projects on the site have brought $1B+ in donations to creators since 2009, with $236M going to video games and $21M to gaming hardware

    Kickstarter game projects top $1 billion, with tabletop making up 69% of pledges
    https://venturebeat.com/2019/04/16/kickstarter-game-projects-top-1-billion-with-tabletop-making-up-69-of-pledges/

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  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Introducing a no-ops culture to remove bottlenecks from cloud-native development
    https://www.meetup.com/Helsinki-TechTalk-Powered-by-Nortal/events/260635263/

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