The EU Cybersecurity strategy earmarked 600million Euros of research and innovation. It is more likely also to have global significance due to the technology and population size of the EU
But hey, at we are taking back control....
Arm has declared that it feels the "weight of our responsibility" as it jumps on board with UK.gov's £70m plans to influence "hardware and chip designs" to enhance security. The Digital Security by Design project is "a combination of the best practice approaches to security laid out in the Digital Security by Design review in …
I have been in projects funded by Euro-projects and it quickly became painfully obvious that a lot of money went all other places than into actual project work. The project leader was British and he was outraged. Unfortunately for him the way the funding works there was nothing he could do about it.
Anonymous for obvious reasons, though I can state I am not British myself.
>I have been in projects funded by Euro-projects and it quickly became painfully obvious that a lot of money went all other places than into actual project work.
It's the same with all government funding. If you are outraged by Euro-project leakage, I suggest you take a look at UK government funding for the third-sector.
The EU Cybersecurity strategy earmarked 600million Euros of research and innovation.
For an EU population of 510m, so around 1.2 euros per capita, which is almost exactly the same as the UK's proposed £70m for 66m people.
But hey, they EU must be better, no matter what the facts are.
>For an EU population of 510m, so around 1.2 euros per capita, which is almost exactly the same as the UK's proposed £70m for 66m people.
Clearly written by someone who has never applied for research funding:
Going on previous experience with UK and EU funding, I can assure you, getting 10% of the EU fund assigned to your project is a much simpler undertaking than getting 10% of a UK government funding pot.
Isn't a good part of Softbank that owns ARM in turn owned by the Chinese and given the issues over other Chinese companies...???
I wish them well but I can't help but think that this money will have already been earmarked for the usual suspects who charge a lot and deliver very little if anything on time. I don't need to mention names as we all know of or have worked for them in the past.
Job? What job? ARM is in dire straits:
Arm’s Q2 EBIT fell 99% y-o-y from £82 million in Q2 2017 to £1 million in Q2 2018.
Not many companies take a hit like that and remain so eager to recruit they peruse this forum.
The new owners 'SoftBank' did some complex deal to give all ARM IP to a chinese subsidiary, which is owned 51% by the Chinese.
You've got to think this is what 'SoftBank' were planning on doing when they bought ARM for a price that was above the market value. They obviously had the deal lined up in the background with the Chinese government.
The Chinese government are trying to remove dependencies on foreigh IP and will go to almost any means to achieve that. They want Technology Transfer so they can cut out the west.
In 10 years time all phones will have chips designed by the Chinese subsidiary and Chine will be claiming that it has no ARM IP in it at all.
The British government does nothing to stop this sort of thing happening
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But IoT is a race to the bottom at the moment!
So many chips have a secure boot capability to at least ensure that the correct code is running at power-on. I use some IoT devices and none of them have this enabled, and I'm sure that this is reflective of the entire industry.
I had interviews last year with nearly a dozen IoT companies and their understanding of security was negligible, to the point that they couldn't really discuss it!
These proposed secure software initiatives may be great, in conjunction with secure booting, but it's all about take-up, and I don't think that the IoT understands security at all.
I sincerely hope to be proved wrong, but I won't be holding my breath :-(
With IoT "easy of use" is what sells them, and cheap is what makes a profit. Anything that makes them slightly harder to use will result in lower sales and the cost of security will lower the profits which are razor thin - nobody's going to pay more for security.
The most effective and cheapest method of securing IoT uses a 6lb lump hammer - works every time.
I was going to say much the same thing - how many security holes are the result of cunningly crafted attacks on good code that hardware measures might mitigate, versus those due to piss-poor design with the likes hard coded root passwords, no automatic patching, and shitty insecure web admin pages that are enabled by default?
If such initiatives are in any way more intent on protecting existing systems in defending and/or obscuring the indefensible and despicable, and their administrations/exclusive elite executive bit players, will they fail abysmally and surprisingly quickly in these days and spaces of alternative thought projections ...... you know, fake news promotions, Institute for Statecraft Integrity Initiatives and such like nonsense in applied madness and mayhem.
Such is only natural if one does not exercise and entertain genuine intelligence.
And one also creates overwhelmingly powerful enemies if one insists on pursuing and expanding on such nonsense
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There are a couple of simple things, and one more difficult thing that ARM could do for hardware and chip design:
1) Ensure that there is a physical jumper or DIP switch or other hardware equivalent that can inhibit or allow firmware writing.
2) Produce chipsets that can be operated with FLOSS firmware - that is, not requiring a 'binary blob', encrypted and/or cryptographically signed firmware from the manufacturer or other provider to operate.
3) More difficult: provide assurance that chip hardware offered to buyers has no back-doors, either in software, firmware, or hardware. This is a difficult problem that could easily suck up £70m.
The end result should be that end-users are able to obtain computing devices that they can be reasonably certain can be used to secure their data from unwanted exposure. The side effect is that it would probably make life more difficult both for people investigating crimes and for people maintaining national security.
“With businesses having to invest more and more in cyber security, ‘designing in’ security measures into the hardware’s fabric will not only protect our businesses and consumers but ultimately cut cybersecurity costs to businesses,” said Business Secretary Greg Clark MP, in a canned quote announcing the move. The project is led by a government body, UK Research and Industry (UKRI).
And what happens if it has problems like Intel? Software you can change, but hardware would need replacing. If someone makes a mistake, I can see another Intel patch coming to the ARM series....
Updated Arm today told The Reg its restructuring ahead of its return to the stock market is focused on cutting "non-engineering" jobs.
This is after we queried comments made this morning by Arm chief executive Rene Haas in the Financial Times, in which he indicated he was looking to use funds generated by the expected public listing to expand the company, hire more staff, and potentially pursue acquisitions. This comes as some staff face the chop.
This afternoon we were told by an Arm spokesperson: "Rene was referring more to the fact that Arm continues to invest significantly in its engineering talent, which makes up around 75 percent of the global headcount. For example, we currently have more than 250 engineering roles available globally."
Arm has at least one of Intel's more capable mainstream laptop processors in mind with its Cortex-X3 CPU design.
The British outfit said the X3, revealed Tuesday alongside other CPU and GPU blueprints, is expected to provide an estimated 34 percent higher peak performance than a performance core in Intel's upper mid-range Core i7-1260P processor from this year.
Arm came to that conclusion, mind you, after running the SPECRate2017_int_base single-threaded benchmark in a simulation of its CPU core design clocked at an equivalent to 3.6GHz with 1MB of L2 and 16MB of L3 cache.
Arm is beefing up its role in the rapidly-evolving (yet long-standing) hardware-based real-time ray tracing arena.
The company revealed on Tuesday that it will introduce the feature in its new flagship Immortalis-G715 GPU design for smartphones, promising to deliver graphics in mobile games that realistically recreate the way light interacts with objects.
Arm is promoting the Immortalis-G715 as its best mobile GPU design yet, claiming that it will provide 15 percent faster performance and 15 percent better energy efficiency compared to the currently available Mali-G710.
Analysis Supermicro launched a wave of edge appliances using Intel's newly refreshed Xeon-D processors last week. The launch itself was nothing to write home about, but a thought occurred: with all the hype surrounding the outer reaches of computing that we call the edge, you'd think there would be more competition from chipmakers in this arena.
So where are all the AMD and Arm-based edge appliances?
A glance through the catalogs of the major OEMs – Dell, HPE, Lenovo, Inspur, Supermicro – returned plenty of results for AMD servers, but few, if any, validated for edge deployments. In fact, Supermicro was the only one of the five vendors that even offered an AMD-based edge appliance – which used an ageing Epyc processor. Hardly a great showing from AMD. Meanwhile, just one appliance from Inspur used an Arm-based chip from Nvidia.
Arm has a champion in the shape of HPE, which has added a server powered by the British chip designer's CPU cores to its ProLiant portfolio, aimed at cloud-native workloads for service providers and enterprise customers alike.
Announced at the IT titan's Discover 2022 conference in Las Vegas, the HPE ProLiant RL300 Gen11 server is the first in a series of such systems powered by Ampere's Altra and Altra Max processors, which feature up to 80 and 128 Arm-designed Neoverse cores, respectively.
The system is set to be available during Q3 2022, so sometime in the next three months, and is basically an enterprise-grade ProLiant server – but with an Arm processor at its core instead of the more usual Intel Xeon or AMD Epyc X86 chips.
Arm is most likely to list on the US stock exchange Nasdaq, according to Masayoshi Son, chief executive of SoftBank Group, which bought the chip designer in 2016 for $32 billion.
Although he stressed no final decision had been made, Son told investors that the British chip designer was better suited to a US listing. "Most of Arm's clients are based in Silicon Valley and... stock markets in the US would love to have Arm," Son told shareholders at the company's annual general meeting.
He said there were also requests to list Arm in London without elaborating on where they came from. The entrepreneur did not say whether the conglomerate is considering a secondary listing for Arm there.
The UK government is upping the ante in attempts to have Arm listed on the London stock exchange, with reports suggesting it is considering the threat of national security laws to force the issue with owner SoftBank.
According to the Financial Times, the British administration is considering whether to apply the National Security and Investment Act (NSIA), which came into force at the start of the year, in a bid to have SoftBank change its mind over listing Arm exclusively on the Nasdaq in New York, as it has previously indicated.
The FT cites the usual "people familiar with the matter", who indicated there had not yet been a formal debate over using national security legislation, and the idea was opposed by some government officials.
Amid the renewed interest in Arm-based servers, it is easy to forget that one company with experience in building server platforms actually brought to market its own Arm-based processor before apparently losing interest: AMD.
Now it has emerged that Jim Keller, a key architect who worked on Arm development at AMD, reckons the chipmaker was wrong to halt the project after he left the company in 2016.
Keller was speaking at an event in April, and gave a talk on the "Future of Compute", but the remarks were unreported until picked up by WCCF TECH.
One of the longest-lived GUI operating systems in the world has its origins as an emergency project – specifically the means by which Acorn planned to rescue the original Archimedes operating system.
This is according to the original Acorn Arthur project lead, Paul Fellows, who spoke about the creation of RISC OS at the RISC OS User Group Of London, ROUGOL [after some helpful arrangements made by Liam Proven – Ed].
On Monday, your correspondent hosted and moderated a reunion of four of the original developers of Acorn's RISC OS.
RISC OS, the operating system of the original Arm computer, the Acorn Archimedes, is still very much alive – and doing relatively well for its age.
In June 1987, Acorn launched the Archimedes A305 and A310, starting at £800 ($982) and running a new operating system called Arthur. At the time, it was a radical and very fast computer. In his review [PDF] for Personal Computer World, Dick Pountain memorably said: "It loads huge programs with a faint burping noise, in the time it takes to blink an eye."
Arthur was loosely related to Acorn's earlier MOS, the BBC Micro operating system but looked very different thanks to a prototype graphical desktop, implemented in BBC BASIC, that could charitably be called "technicolor."
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