Article: Democratising chip design

Design, Hardware, Open Source, Software

Democratising chip design

A potentially important initiative is US research agency DARPA’s OpenRoad initiative, with aims to build a more comprehensive set of open-source design tools. Professor Andrew Kahng of the University of California at San Diego and principal investigator on the project envisages an environment that can lay out and tune a range of chip designs automatically through a combination of machine learning and what he calls “extreme partitioning”, which divides the chip into many small independently optimised modules.

Though verification engineers have embraced various forms of open source, the stumbling blocks for its adoption get bigger the closer you get to tape-out. The biggest issue lies in the process design kits (PDKs) provided by foundries that are jealously protected by non-disclosure agreements and which forbid any sharing.

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Article: Digitalization of Energy in the IIoT Era

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Digitalization of Energy in the IIoT Era

In Tesla’s VPP vision, digital twin models represent various Internet of Things (IoT) elements. The digital twin modelling software is based on two essential open-source projects: Kubernetes and Akka. Breck clarified that the combination of Akka and Kubernetes is essential as the first can handle more major failures the second can handle minor (or in need of fine approach).

We definitely live through interesting times and it seems that the future is much closer than it looked before, mainly thanks to companies dedicating much effort to innovate and crate breakthroughs. There is a saying about modern problems needing modern solutions, but this does not necessarily apply in this case. We have an old problem and solutions coming from the future; we just hope that they will soon collide and provide the best possible outcome for the planet and Humanity as a whole.

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Article: Blockchain-based renewable energy marketplaces gain traction in 2021

Blockchain, Crypto

Blockchain-based renewable energy marketplaces gain traction in 2021Blockchain-based renewable energy marketplaces gain traction in 2021

Increased global attention on climate and energy production-related issues suggests that this niche slice of the crypto sector is ripe for further gains.

Projects utilizing blockchain technology to optimize global energy marketplaces are well-positioned to increase their market share as distributed ledger technology goes mainstream.

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