ZiiLabs ZMS series chips have had OpenCL for ages now! How is that not proper?
Don't expect parallel-processing power to invigorate consumer devices for a few more years. But when it does, it may save your child's life – or at least protect you from a nasty lawsuit. OpenCL, which enables a GPU to share processing chores with a CPU, will be slow to affect the consumer market, seeing as how OpenCL-capable …
>>He also notes that there's "quite interesting" work being done on detecting sudden, right-angle intrusions into a car's path, such as a kid running out into the street in front of your two tons of steel.
Only useful in regimes where the kid is more valuable than the car.
If the scenario is a kid running out in front of the car, I believe most countries would say that the child has zero value. Your insurance (or you could possibly sue the kids parents) will have to pay for the damage to the car, but you don't need to worry about the value of the idiot kid who ran out in front of you.
There is no doubt that computers are necessary in some applications (such as flying an extremely unstable aircraft, or anti-lock braking systems) but I think this thing about sudden right angle intrusions may be potentially more hazardous than just driving carefully and safely.
I don't know that a computer would be actually better. What would happen if there were a pigeon flew across your path?
And you were in traffic and your computer just braked your car. Ok, maybe it would be smart enough to figure out it was a pigeon. Maybe not.
Would you take that chance?
Actually, that brings up another interesting debate. Who would then be responsible for the accident?
Do you remember that scene from "Fight Club"?
"A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one."
"Are there a lot of these kinds of accidents?"
"You wouldn't believe."
"Which car company do you work for?"
"A major one."
Yes, but think of the scratches a child might leave on the car. That's why some car drivers still try to avoid people.
However there is virtually no punishment for people who do kill other people while driving. Otto Wiesheu, famous German politician once killed a Jew while drunk driving. He got 12 months probation, plus a 20k DM fine.
I think the automation stuff may be a good use for this, type of thing, but I'm a little unsure of why Open-CL is going to be required for it... This seems to be part of this cyclic phases of computing:
1) processors are created.
2) coprocessors are added where processor cannot do the work alone
3) coprocessors are integrated with the processors, leading back to 1
This does lead to a kinda of incremental advancement, but also to a rather complex system of ancient compatibilities. I wonder if a periodically washing the slate clean and designing a system from the ground up is useful. Maybe even if the market doesn't adopt it.
He also talks about Augmented Reality, while I can see potential for simple things like heads-up displays, most of the work I see with augmented reality is really just toys, rather then something really useful. I hope for something like the imaging system used by Simon Tam in "Firefly," but I'm just not convinced we are moving to the realm of the useful.
I see more development along the lines of the series Fractle's mostly artistic usages. Which, while a wonderful device to create an enjoyable fiction, I think requires some practical use-case before there will be an widespread acceptance.
err, I think I prefer radar, cause it does a nice job piercing through dense fog...
One of those foggy mornings driving to my job a far away exhibition on the highway, I barely saw a darkish shadow on the side of the road (which turned out to be a truck that had stopped and pulled to the side to avoid smashing into the rear end of a mass car pile up)
Thanks to this alert truckdriver being visible earlier than the rest of that tangled mess, I too, managed to stop a few meters before slamming into it.
While thanking my good fortune, a nasty thought yanked me alert: what about the cars following on the road? I kicked my car in gear and made haste to drive over to the right side and then off the road entirely, into the frozen field...
Twice lucky, cause 2 more cars sped crashing into the rearmost wrecks.
I saw no ambulance or police, started driving alongside the road to find the nearest emergency callbox. The mess seemed as long as a football field, and the silence was eerie, while I contemplated if I should stay there to help or find a phone to call more help.
This was in the 80's and if vehicles had radar then, this probably wouldn't have happened...
Hmm, if you "barely saw" it in time you were probably going a shade too fast for the visibility conditions.
The other two cars you mention were obviously going waaay too fast for the conditions....
Doesn't matter how many gadgets you fit to a car, if the driver insists on driving like a twat it's still going to hit something eventually. The only solution there is to make the things fully autonomous.
While radar might be able to see through the fog, surely it would be far more sensible for a camera equipped car to automatically limit the speed to one at which it can still stop when it sees something? Remember here that other things happen on a road that a radar triggered emergency braking system won't deal with and the driver's eyes are at the same disadvantage as the camera......
The UK government is continuing efforts to have chip designer and licensor Arm listed on the London Stock Exchange after its public offering rather than New York, as is the current plan.
At stake is whether Arm moves its headquarters to the US, potentially leading to the further loss of UK jobs.
Speaking to the Financial Times, UK minister for Technology and the Digital Economy Chris Philp said the government was still "working closely with" Arm management on the IPO process, despite its parent SoftBank having previously indicated that it was planning to list Arm on the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York.
Qualcomm has reiterated it would like a stake in Arm and help create a consortium that would keep the Brit chip designer neutral, or out of the hands of any single chip company at least.
The latest development in the Arm IPO saga comes from Qualcomm's chief executive, Cristiano Amon, who told the Financial Times that his company was interested in investing in Arm, and that Qualcomm could join forces with other chipmakers to buy Arm outright from owner SoftBank.
"It's a very important asset and it's an asset which is going to be essential to the development of our industry," Amon said.
Interview After two years of claiming that its Arm-powered server processors provide better performance and efficiency for cloud applications than Intel or AMD's, Ampere Computing said real deployments by cloud providers and businesses are proving its chips are the real deal.
The Silicon Valley startup held its Annual Strategy and Product Roadmap Update last week to ostensibly give a product roadmap update. But the only update was the news that Ampere's 5nm processor due later this year is called Ampere One, it's sampling that with customers, and it will support PCIe Gen 5 connectivity and DDR5 memory.
There was good news overnight for the niche of Windows on Arm users as Microsoft released a native Arm64 version of PowerToys.
PowerToys is an increasingly essential component for Windows users, with features ranging from assistance for keyboard shortcuts, though a nifty window manager to the very handy PowerToys Run function.
The first pre-release arrived on GitHub in 2019 and the PowerToys team has added functionality to the suite ever since (although, thankfully, not the TweakUI that blighted many a Windows system more than 20 years ago.)
Though the Wordle fad appears to be fading, engineers continue to find new and exciting places to port the game. Today we present a version using Pascal on Multics.
For those either not of a certain age, or unaware of historical operating systems, Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) dates back more than half a century (development of the OS began in the 1960s) and is a time-sharing operating system.
It is an undeniably neat system, with a modular architecture supporting both scalability and high availability. Resources could be added while the service was running, and security was front and center with innovations such as file level access controls.
WWDC Apple opened its 33rd annual Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday with a preview of upcoming hardware and planned changes in its mobile, desktop, and wrist accessory operating systems.
The confab consists primarily of streamed video, as it did in 2020 and 2021, though there is a limited in-person component for the favored few. Apart from the preview of Apple's homegrown Arm-compatible M2 chip – coming next month in a redesigned MacBook Air and 13" MacBook Pro – there was not much meaningful innovation. The M2 Air has a full-size touch ID button, apparently.
Apple's software-oriented enhancements consist mainly of worthy but not particularly thrilling interface and workflow improvements, alongside a handful of useful APIs and personalization capabilities. Company video performers made no mention of Apple's anticipated AR/VR headset.
Linus Torvalds has announced the first release candidate for version 5.19 of the Linux kernel, and declared it represents a milestone in multiplatform development for the project.
After first commenting that the development process for this version has been made difficult by many late pull requests, then applauding the fact that most were properly signed, Torvalds opined that Linux 5.19 "is going to be on the bigger side, but certainly not breaking any records, and nothing looks particularly odd or crazy."
Around 60 percent of the release is drivers, and there's another big load of code that gets AMD GPUs playing nicely with the kernel.
The saga surrounding Arm's joint venture in China just took another intriguing turn: a mysterious firm named Lotcap Group claims it has signed a letter of intent to buy a 51 percent stake in Arm China from existing investors in the country.
In a Chinese-language press release posted Wednesday, Lotcap said it has formed a subsidiary, Lotcap Fund, to buy a majority stake in the joint venture. However, reporting by one newspaper suggested that the investment firm still needs the approval of one significant investor to gain 51 percent control of Arm China.
The development comes a couple of weeks after Arm China said that its former CEO, Allen Wu, was refusing once again to step down from his position, despite the company's board voting in late April to replace Wu with two co-chief executives. SoftBank Group, which owns 49 percent of the Chinese venture, has been trying to unentangle Arm China from Wu as the Japanese tech investment giant plans for an initial public offering of the British parent company.
Arm-based servers continue to gain momentum with Gigabyte Technology introducing a system based on Ampere's Altra processors paired with Nvidia A100 GPUs, aimed at demanding workloads such as AI training and high-performance compute (HPC) applications.
It supports 16 DDR4 DIMM slots, which would be enough space for up to 4TB of memory if all slots were filled with 256GB memory modules. The chassis also has space for no fewer than eight Nvidia A100 GPUs, which would make for a costly but very powerful system for those workloads that benefit from GPU acceleration.
Arm is this week celebrating passing a few of its own self-set milestones in its long quest to compete against x86 stalwarts Intel and AMD in the server processor space.
One, we're told, is that Microsoft Ampere Altra-based Azure servers are now Arm SystemReady SR certified, "the first cloud solution provider (CSP) server to do so," said Arm Chief System Architect Andy Rose on Monday.
Another is that Azure VMs powered by Altra processors are the first of their kind to be certified as compliant with the SystemReady Virtual Environment standard. And the other breakthrough, according to Rose, is that there have been more than 50 certifications of SystemReady products since the launch of the program.
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