Category Archives: Networking

Think Globally, Act in Parallel. What can you do with one million ARM cores acting in parallel and how do you get there?

Professor Steve Furber’s SpiNNaker project is in the news again. I wrote about Furber’s massively parallel brain-emulation project back on March 30 after listening to his keynote at this year’s DATE (Design Automation and Test Europe) conference in Grenoble, France. … Continue reading

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The incredible vanishing power of a machine instruction. Is this the way to the brain?

I attended DATE (Design and Test Europe) this month in Grenoble and was fascinated by Steve Furber’s keynote titled “Biologically-inspired massively-parallel architectures—computing beyond a million processors.” Furber’s introductory remarks really clarify what’s been happening to the energy cost per instruction … Continue reading

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Ethernet ports, low power, and multimedia, Part 2

In the previous post, I discussed the huge potential power savings being enabled by the IEEE’s 802.1-az Ethernet specification now under development and early deployment. While IEEE 802.1-az promises to save significant amounts of power and energy through the use … Continue reading

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Ethernet ports, low power, and multimedia, Part 1

When you think about the massive affects that the Ethernet standards have had on system design, the overall impact is no less than staggering—and I do not use that term lightly. Thirty years ago, when Ethernet was new, networking was … Continue reading

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Redwood Systems unstealths Power over Ethernet lighting systems

Today’s San Jose Business Journal carries a story about Redwood Systems, a startup networking company in Fremont, California with a difference. Redwood is a smart-power networking company. Its Ethernet switches supply communications and power to end nodes and those nodes … Continue reading

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