Pattern Matching a River of Data

Every new technology inevitably faces a taxonomy problem — WTF are we talking about. Today, the most misunderstood and controversial term in technology is “Artificial Intelligence”. The full scope of human capabilities includes touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. Importantly, it also includes reason, personality, spirit, values-based actions, instinct-based reactions, memory-based consideration, and intuition. That…

How Safe is Your Embedded Software Environment?

The disclosure of the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities in 2018 brought a new level of focus to embedded environments. The exclamation mark was the assertion that a major U.S. CPU manufacturer advised Chinese tech companies of the vulnerability before they notified the U.S. government, thus mixing geopolitics with tech. One of the vulnerabilities dealt…

AI is Under-Hyped

As the noise level around AI ramps up, as sure as the famous Gartner hype cycle predicts, the AI critics are also ramping up their messaging. Some of it is around the negative impacts AI could have on society, and some of it is good-natured attempts to debunk the reality of what AI can actually…

5G and Machine-Scale Networking

For many consumers, the promised increased throughput of 5G is the headline feature. For others, it might be latency or private networks. However, the ability to support a trillion or more devices may end up defining this generation of networking. A shift from people-scale networks to machine-scale networks. At ARM TechCon today, October 8th, 2019,…

Heard Never: Amazon Complaining About Integration and Testing

When was the last time you heard Amazon, Facebook, Google, of Netflix observe that integration and testing were going to be a major impediment to a mission-critical activity? How much off-the-shelf software do they use? Yet telecom operators routinely struggle with the fundamental reality of the cloud era: operational excellence — efficiency, productivity, agility, continuous…

Google’s Quantum Achievement / Experiment

Experimentation is essential to innovation. In celebrating Google’s quantum achievement, we are at least celebrating the spirit of experimentation. We may also be celebrating the demonstration of something that cannot be done in any practical sense by a classic computer architecture. Finally, we may be celebrating everything that was learned in the journey to that…

The Importance of Experimentation

Whether in the topic area of business model change, business model transformation, artificial intelligence, product development, user interface design, or any other area of significant change, it is common to hear experienced practitioners assert the importance of experimentation. If you marshal the forces of the entire company for something that has not been well thought…

Permanent State of Non-Peace

Proxy wars aside, the main global powers are not dropping bombs on each other. Yet they are also not at peace. They are in a permanent state of non-peace, a condition where traditional military actions are not being taken, but economic and military damage is attempted through cyberwars. The worst kept secret in national intelligence…

A Deeply Reinforced Internet Control Plane

If there was ever a problem suited to Reinforcement Learning, it is network optimization: many combinations, changing conditions, the need for continuous learning, and optimization through trial & error, over a period of time, to achieve long term quality & profitability objectives . Today’s leading edge of machine learning (ML) is deep reinforcement learning, the…

Cloud Flare(s) on IPO

The Important The IPO of companies like Zscaler, and today Cloudflare, highlight two important trends: cloud computing and network-as-a-service Digital transformation makes public/private/hybrid cloud assets mission-critical across more industries than before. From a new growth perspective, security is increasingly less interesting as an appliance and more interesting as a network [service]. Cloudflare Today, Cloudflare (NET)…