Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-09-21

Blog

DARPA TV published a video of the "Technology by the People, for the People: Building communities to eliminate barriers to technology" breakout session at DARPA's "Wait, What?" forum. It was hosted by DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office and moderated by Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Participants included Prabal Dutta, Andreas Olofsson and Nigel Paver. Read further...

Hardware

Saudi Aramco is providing some details about their two supercomputers. At Saudi Aramco, supercomputers are used for seismic processing and reservoir simulation. Read further...
Leigh Stewart wrote a technical detailed blog "Building DistributedLog: Twitter’s high-performance replicated log service". Twitter's distributed log service is built on top of Apache BookKeeper. Stewart notes: "BookKeeper is a great choice for log storage. So that’s it, we’re done, right? We can hook up our distributed systems at Twitter to BookKeeper and call it a day? Not quite. BookKeeper satisfies several of the most critical requirements outlined above but leaves us with a few important gaps, including things like higher-level abstractions, log ownership, and other features to aid usability, reuse, and reliability." Read further...

Applications

Clay Dillow reports in Fortune that the U.S. military service is building its own automation system to combat complex bureaucracy. “In general, when we talk about where the Air Force is today versus 20 to 30 years ago, people say it takes so much longer to get things done,” Dr. Camron Gorguinpour, director of the USAF's office of Transformational Innovation, told to Dillow. "People ask why it takes so much longer. And the answer is, typically, complexity." Cognitive computers function more like the human brain, making them capable of tasks that are very difficult for regular computing machines. So the U.S. airforce is building a tool based on that. They already gave a first demonstration together with IBM. Read further...