I've been thinking a lot lately about microprocessors, from the many-core CPUs that AMD and Intel introduced recently to the massively scalable GPGPU processing that's taking machine learning by storm. After years of consolidation on commodity x86 CPUs, it seems that the computing paradigm is turning again to specialized offload processors. This trend towards heterogeneous … [Read more...] about Co-Processors, GPGPU, and Heterogeneous Computing
I've really enjoyed experimenting with the Raspberry Pi, and have even deployed a few as UNIX servers in my home and office network. The quad-core performance of the latest Pi models is awesome, but serious I/O limitations remain. With just one USB 2.0 interface shared for all network and storage operations, you aren't going to be able to do much with the Pi. That's why I was … [Read more...] about Here’s Something Your Raspberry Pi Can’t Do: Gigabit Ethernet and SATA in the Olimex A20-OLinuXIno-LIME2
We all knew that the iPhone 6s and iPad pro would boast anPU and graphics performance to challenge mainstream PC's, but it has now been revealed that the storage layer packs revolutionary NVMe/PCIe connectivity and performance. Although the iPhone 6s doesn't need this kind of performance, the forthcoming iPad Pro ought to rock! No More SD Storage In reviewing the iPhone 6s, … [Read more...] about Apple Packs PCIe SSD Alongside PC-Fast CPU and Graphics in iPhone 6s and iPad Pro
Why can't Microsoft come up with compelling names for its products? Windows RT is the latest abomination from Redmond, offering no insight to prospective customers and failing to place the product in Microsoft's wide range of offerings. Even as Microsoft touts a “PC plus” future, Windows RT continues the company's trend of haphazardly tossing “Windows” into every product … [Read more...] about The Windows RT Name is Worse Than Meaningless
My experience with the Eye-Fi connected SD camera card has been frustrating, but I wasn't sure how much blame the company deserved. Uploading massive 14 megapixel photos is going to be slow over a 3G connection using any device, after all. But how fast could the Eye-Fi go on a really great wireless LAN? The company is skimpy with technical specs, but I did manage to figure out … [Read more...] about What Are The True Eye-Fi X2 802.11n Wi-Fi Capabilities?