Monday, July 27, 2015

New arms race : Military AI

Hawking, Musk, Wozniak warn of military artificial intelligence arms race 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Beware of big hacking drones

 Email conversations posted on WikiLeaks reveal that Boeing and Hacking Team want drones to carry devices that inject spyware into target computers through WiFi networks
Installing the technology on drones creates a powerful threat because drones are mobile and often out of sight for pedestrians, enabling them to follow people undetected.  
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: And finally, merriage of the two most desirable spying tools
Latest spying option is for Win 10 and Edge Browser !! AND YOU THINK YOU ARE SECURE WITH MICROSOFT ! Maturity of this product sugest that spies are familiar with Facebook, Skype  and almost all your other accounts. 24+ hours in one flight operation.

Intel plans in short

 Skylake is a new Morphore architecture driven by new Win 10
2H 2016 Kaby Lake is silicon optimized Skylake
2H 2017 10 nm Ice Lake
CannonLake is fake

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: 36 months for complete New Cycle, 12 months for each subcycle.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Google self-driving car involved in accident, 4 injured

In California, a person must be behind the wheel of a self-driving car being tested on public roads to take control in an emergency. Google typically sends another employee in the front passenger seat to record details of the ride on a laptop. In this case, there was also a back seat passenger.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Not guilty, I swear.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gray Silicon and FPGAs

For the past few years, we’ve all been hearing the discussions about “Dark Silicon.” Besides being a really cool and ominous-sounding label, dark silicon is an issue that threatens to end multicore scaling on ICs. The reasoning goes like this: “Dennard Scaling” has ended. Dennard Scaling is the concept that power density remains constant as transistors shrink, which gives “Koomey’s Law” its teeth. Koomey’s Law says that performance-per-watt in computation has been improving by approximately a factor of two every 1.57 years. 
At the most recent process nodes, the amount of leakage current has caused Dennard Scaling to break down, and power density has been increasing rapidly. Increasing power density on top of Moore’s Law means that even though we can put more transistors on a chip, we can’t let them operate all at the same time without thermal runaway. We have to leave some of them dark at all times - hence, “dark silicon.”

The reason why FPGAs don't suffer from the dark silicon as much as CPUs/GPUs is that the switching is more spread out than in ALU based architectures.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Intel had obviously a lot of gray reasons for a recent purchase of Altera IP.

Moore's law clock late

Now TICK is 15 months and TOCK too.
Five years plan for halving geometry !
Intel will  launch its first 10nm product, codenamed Cannonlake, in the second half of 2017.
Only in second half of year 2022 we will see Intel's 5 nm products based on revisited Moore's law.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: And it is now called Ice Lake, being so hot product :)

China should get 100+ Petaflops supercomputer in November 2015

99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: USA will be behind till 2017 ! OR EVEN LATER, provided Tianhe 3 is in the China state's 13th 5 year plan ! Being Xeon Xeon E5-2622 v3 is a 22nm product any sell ban to CHina could switch it to Shenwei DEC ALpha base home grown RISC chips in 32 nm, though much more power efficient than Xeon.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Complete confusion at Intel

Phone and tablet 10nm Canon LAke processors are still possible in 2H 2016. But Ice Lake should be FIVR based and thus no need for  such a bold moves at the bottom line. Resetting the tick-tock cycle based on that timetable, the first 10nm processors would be in computers late next year, with a broad rollout in 2017.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Flat revenue for Intel this, and next year too. At best. OR, even worse.

Intel's first 10 nm chip is Ice Lake in 2017

Intel’s first 10nm central processing units will be code-named “Ice Lake” and will be available only in 2017. Moreover, “Ice Lake” CPUs will re-introduce fully-integrated voltage regulator (FIVR). This allows the SoC to reduce the voltage during relatively short time periods, i.e. ~200 cycles while waiting for a L2 cache miss to return, or boost the voltage to speedup the execution of critical sections.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: There is some doubt that even Ice Lake chip is a 14 nm based Morphcore architecture. That will finally go back to FIVR. Do we have in 2016 architecture and clock flashback that we have had in 2006 ? AND NOBODY HAD HAD EVEN SLIGHTEST IDEA. But we know that FIVR is able to independently scale voltage to each core. Including GPU ! If in addition each core can in flight MORPH to power conscious mode, that would rock real world processor power consumption. That is why Skylake doesn't have FIVR. To hide MORPH underlaying architecture, until  Win 10 get serious device driver support. Beside 10nm process should have lower voltage or on the contrary it is hardly new process at all !

After glossy paper launch, Intel quitely delays SkaFake to Q4 !

Facing the yield challenges in the 14nm process, Intel Corporation is likely to postpone the launch of Skylake, the 6th generation desktop processor, to Q4 2015
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: FINFET proces variability to blame. Besideweak PC demand.
10 nm now seems pretty far away. With interim Kaby Lake.
"Kaby Lake" chipsets will get integrated a native USB 3.1 support from Intel.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

HAL, open that bloody doors ! NOW

Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over door software glitchYes, door software. Like on the Heart of Gold, presumably.
The affected vehicles were manufactured with doors that can remain unlatched with the door is in the “closed” position, without any indication to the driver that a latch is not secure.
It is believed that a handheld "black box" was being used by some gangs to unlock and start cars that had keyless ignition systems.
Some newspapers reported that insurers were unwilling to extend cover to Range Rover owners unless they could park in secure, off-street car parks.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: What about Space Odyssey 2001, though from one lesser known British writer Arthur Clarke ? And his machine intelligence character HAL 9000 ? Luckily, Rovers doesn't have HAL control unit (yet) to blame for all.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hacking Team Hacked

Italian cybersecurity firm Hacking Team said a government might have been behind a massive hack of its systems and warned that the subsequent leaking of its computer codes could prove to be a field day for criminals. Unknown hackers last week downloaded 400GB of data from the firm, which makes surveillance software that allows law enforcement and intelligence agencies to tap into the phones and computers of suspects.
99% BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Sensitive data Wikileaked.

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