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Can FPGAs win market share as processors?

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Brian: The appeal of today‘s FPGAs as alternatives to processors is compelling.

Reiner: The massive power inefficiency caused by von Neumann syndrome is an important reason to look for the speed-up factors and energy saving factors.

Jeremy: The real problem is that in some application areas the designs have been dictated by software people

Joan: FPGAs cannot run an OS (unless with a soft processor) therefore don't fit for tablets, computers and ...

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Transarithmetic is total - it has no exceptions, such as division by zero - so, in the right architecture, it can guarantee that pipelines never break and that all syntactically correct code is semantically correct - i.e. does not crash. It doubles the range of real numbers encoded by IEEE 754 floating-point numbers and removes the weird number from two's complement. Transmathematics gets a bit more complicated.

Transmathematica is a new Google+ Community that discusses transmathematics. Drop by and ask a question to get discussion going.

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News from World

The Evolution of Authentication

However, one thing hasn’t changed: how we authenticate who we are when we log on to devices and access websites and networks. We‘re still using the same system of user names and passwords that was devised almost 50 years ago at MIT to control the amount of time students and professors could spend on the university’s timeshare computer.

Fingerprints aren’t the only form of biometric information that will be used to authenticate in the near future. In the next year or two, we‘ll see devices that utilize technologies such as voice prints, iris scans, and personal physical signals such as unique heart rate information. It’s even possible to imagine that in the not-too-distant future, DNA might be used as a form of authentication, as well. The trend toward wearable computing devices will also play a role in strong multifactor authentication.

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Air-powered leopard robot doesn’t need a complex brain to walk

Most of the quadruped robots that have previously wowed and terrified us on video have relied on powerful computational engines and substantial processing power to move their mechanized limbs. This approach has provided some incredibly lifelike, efficient movements in robots like Boston Dynamics’ WildCat, but their complicated nature has slowed the deployment of walking robots outside of the lab. A team from Osaka University in Japan is working on a more natural approach to walking robots that sacrifices power in the name of simplicity.

The robot is called Pneupard, a regrettable contraction of “leopard” and “pneumatic”. Knowing that, you should have a basic idea of what makes this system of locomotion different. Rather than using actuators and motors to move, Pneupard has a series of artificial muscles that run on compressed air.

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SpaceX shows off awesome Falcon 9 Reusable vertical takeoff and landing test flight (video)

Coinciding with SpaceX’s launch to the International Space Station on Friday and its (not so successful) attempt at a soft landing, Elon Musk’s company has released an awesome video of what the Falcon 9 Reusable should look like when successfully performing a vertical takeoff and vertical landing (VTVL). The video has accumulated an astonishing 2.5 million views in the last few days, which is rather heartwarming as it indicates that humanity in general shares my interest in one of the most important technologies that will be pioneered in our lifetimes: cheap, reusable space travel.

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Wearable Tech in the Field: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

Wearable devices have been in use in niche applications for some time. For example, smart glasses have been prototyped and deployed for aerospace maintenance where technicians had to work in tight spaces, consult large volumes of documentation, and any mistakes had very serious repercussions. However, wider deployment in the field service industry is just getting started today. With the rapid rise in quality and availability of affordable wearable technology, there is every indication that this will change -- and change soon.

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Nike looks at the future of wearables and ceases Fuelband production

Wearable computing is in purgatory at the moment. Despite Samsung’s big push into smartwatches, you don’t see anyone wearing them on the street, at the grocery store, or even the gym -- where they, in theory, are the most useful since they would replace the cumbersome armband phone-straps. Google’s face-based wearable, Glass, is currently struggling with asking a staggering entry fee for a device that doesn’t yet do much, but also makes you look very silly (though the company is attempting to rectify this issue). Fitness bands are perhaps the most prevalent wearable, but they’re generally nothing more than a glorified pedometer, though Razer’s Nabu and Samsung’s Gear Fit attempt advanced (messages, for instance) smartphone integration.

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Wearables, Drones Scare Americans

A survey conducted by the nonprofit Pew Research Center finds doubts about expected technological change, mixed in with the optimism.

For Google, which has struggled to make its Glass computerized eyewear socially acceptable, for Amazon, which has floated the possibility of delivering packages by drone, and for other companies banking on the future, the survey's findings suggest that research budgets should be matched by investments in public relations. The future may be bright but people are more comfortable with the present.

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Google Lifts Veil On “Andromeda” Virtual Networking

The Andromeda network virtualization stack is part of the Google network, which includes a vast content distribution network that spans the globe as well as an OpenFlow-derived wide area network that has similarly been virtualized and which also spans the globe.

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  • Embedded Processor Selection Using FPGA-based Profiling
    Fadi Obeidat* and Robert H. Klenke**
    * Intel Corporation, Austin, TX, USA
    ** Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, USA

    ADN Journal, Issue 2

    In embedded systems, modeling the performance of off-the-shelf processors is very important to enable the designer to estimate the capability of each candidate processor against the target application. Considering the large number of available embedded processors, the need has increased for building an infrastructure by which it is possible to estimate the performance of a given application on a certain processor with a minimum of time and resources. This paper presents the use a Xilinx MicroBlaze softcore processor ...

    Fadi Obeidat, Embedded Processor Selection...

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