IT - Technology

Curly The Curling Robot Throws Stones Like A Pro
TechCrunch, September 23rd, 2020
Robots have shown themselves to excel at any number of sports and activities, though they do best when they have a single task

"Fortunately some sports, such as curling, consist mostly of one task, and Korean researchers have made a robot that throws the stone well enough to compete at a national level.

If you've never gone curling yourself - first of all, for shame, it's basically ice bocce and it's very fun. But you may not know then that the principal action in the game is a simple but subtle one of gauging the power and angle (and spin, if you're good) with which to slide a heavy kettle-shaped stone in order to get it near the center of a target, knock an opponent's stone out of the way, or nudge another of your own into position. And that's exactly what Curly the robot does..."

Kioxia and partners begins to sample Ethernet SSDs

"Kioxia has started sampling of its first SSDs featuring an Ethernet interface. The drives are meant to disaggregate modern datacenters by separating computing and storage in a bid to increase storage density, lower total cost of ownership, and lower power consumption. The drives connect to local area networks using a 25GbE interface (or two) simplifying creation of storage subsystems that use only NAND flash.

A number of companies have experimented with Ethernet-connected storage devices for years and Kioxia appears to be one of the first makers to introduce its Ethernet SSDs. To build the platform - which consists of the drives themselves as well as Ethernet Bunch of Flash (EBOF) machines that house them - the company teamed up with Marvell, Foxconn-Ingrasys, and Accton..."

The Era Of Big Memory Is Upon Us
TheNextPlatform, September 23rd, 2020
If you reduce systems down to their bare essentials, everything exists in those systems to manipulate data in memory, and like human beings, all that really exists for any of us is what is in memory

"We can augment that memory with external storage that preserves state over time, but to do anything useful with that old state, you have to chew on it and bring it back into main memory for manipulation or analysis.

A year and a half ago, we told you about a startup called MemVerge that had created a kind of memory hypervisor, which it called Distributed Memory Objects, to take away the pain of using Intel's Optane 3D XPoint memory in systems and therefore make it more useful and help with its adoption in the datacenter. A lot has happened since MemVerge uncloaked from stealth mode back in the spring of 2019, and one of those things is that 'big memory' is now seen as not only desirable, but necessary, for an increasingly large number of applications in the datacenter..."

Your Next Hard Disk Drive Could Contain Glass, September 22nd, 2020
Glass could become a vital component in the world's first petabyte hard drive in order to satiate humanity's thirst for data storage

"That is the growing consensus among storage manufacturers worldwide.

IDC predicts that by 2025, the world will produce 175 zettabytes (ZB) of data, fuelled by the rise in demand for high resolution video and growing IoT networks. That's nearly six times more than in 2018. By the end of the decade, we could even reach the mind-boggling trillion terabyte mark, given that one ZB is equal to one billion TB.

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It was Microsoft's Project Silica that first brought optical data storage into the limelight. Researchers at the world's largest software company - and the second biggest hyperscaler next to AWS - managed to pack 75.6GB of data onto a piece of fused silica about the size of a 2.5-inch hard disk drive..."

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