[ From Linley Newsletter ] Esperanto Maxes Out RISC-V

[ From Linley Newsletter ] Esperanto Maxes Out RISC-V
Esperanto is a startup combining the two hottest processor technologies: AI acceleration and RISC-V. This business plan, along with an all-star engineering team led by CEO and RISC pioneer Dave Ditzel, helped the company close a recent Series B round of $58 million -- enough to bring its first processor to market. Esperanto completed the RTL for this product in September, so we expect samples to arrive in 2H19 followed by production around mid-2020.
By Linley Gwennap
Given the long lead time, the company is withholding details, but it began the unwrapping process by disclosing the microarchitecture of its ET-Maxion CPU.
The new processor chip actually includes two different RISC-V CPU designs. ET-Maxion is a high-performance out-of-order (OOO) microarchitecture for general-purpose code. ET-Minion is a smaller AI-focused core that includes a set of proprietary vector extensions. (The RISC-V vector committee has yet to approve an official version.) The processor will run Linux and other high-level software on the Maxion cores while delegating AI-intensive workloads to the Minions.
The company expects Maxion to deliver strong performance while maintaining excellent power efficiency. To achieve this performance, the CPU can decode four instructions per cycle and issue them to five execution units in the OOO core. It implements the base RV64GC instruction set, a common denominator among current 64-bit RISC-V designs. Using a 10-stage pipeline, Maxion targets a relatively modest 2.0GHz clock speed in 7nm technology, boosting power efficiency. It should considerably outperform any other announced RISC-V CPU.
Initially, Esperanto plans to sell its processor on accelerator cards for data centers and other customers with large AI workloads. But given that Maxion is the most powerful RISC-V CPU design yet revealed, several companies -- including Western Digital, an Esperanto investor -- have inquired about licensing it for other applications.

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[ From Linley Newsletter ] PAM4 Drives Serdes to 100Gbps

[ From Linley Newsletter ] PAM4 Drives Serdes to 100Gbps
Data centers are on the cusp of 400G Ethernet adoption enabled by 100Gbps-per-lambda technology. Arista Networks and Cisco Systems recently announced the first networking equipment using 12.8Tbps switch silicon, enabling high-density 400G Ethernet (400GbE) for the first time.
By Bob Wheeler
These data-center systems connect with optical modules using 8x50Gbps PAM4 electrical I/O, but optics are quickly pushing to 100Gbps per wavelength (or "lambda"). Optical modules for 100Gbps-per-lambda connections require PHYs that integrate sophisticated signal processing, and six vendors are now sampling such chips. They're pursuing a mix of 4x100Gbps PHYs for 400G Ethernet and 1x100Gbps PHYs for single-lambda 100G Ethernet (100GbE).
Some vendors are already shipping 50Gbps PAM4 PHYs, whereas others skipped the first generation to focus on 100Gbps designs. In the latter camp, Macom acquired AppliedMicro (a pioneer in 100Gbps PAM4 DSPs), and its first customers are qualifying modules for production. Vendors of 50Gbps PAM4 PHYs now sampling 100Gbps chips include Broadcom, Credo Semiconductor, and Inphi. Among the new entrants are MaxLinear and MultiPhy, which are sampling their first PAM4 designs. Semtech had worked with and planned to acquire MultiPhy, but it abandoned that plan and instead announced unique PHYs for active optical cables (AOCs).
As 100Gbps-per-lambda optical modules reach production, standards bodies are working on 100Gbps PAM4 electrical interfaces. Moving module-electrical I/O from 50Gbps to 100Gbps per lane has a number of benefits, such as eliminating 2:1 multiplexing and enabling 800Gbps modules. As switch chips implement 100Gbps-per-lane ports, they can double density to 25.6Tbps in the same footprint as a 12.8Tbps chip. Hyperscale-data-center operators are hungry for greater network bandwidth, but they also demand the lowest cost per gigabit as well as high-volume manufacturing. For chip vendors, satisfying these customers is far different from satisfying traditional telecommunications customers, which pay high prices for leading-edge speeds and also ramp slowly.

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phpMyAdmin Fixes Severe Local File Inclusion Vulnerability

phpMyAdmin Fixes Severe Local File Inclusion Vulnerability
The phpMyAdmin team announced the release of the phpMyAdmin version 4.8.4 which comes with a fix for a local file inclusion vulnerability rated as severe, as well as patches for two other moderate severity security issues...

phpMyAdmin Fixes Severe Local File Inclusion Vulnerability
XSRF/CSRF and XSS security issues also patched

Operation Sharpshooter Uses Fileless Malware to Attack Global Infrastructure

Operation Sharpshooter Uses Fileless Malware to Attack Global Infrastructure
The McAfee Advanced Threat Research team detected a malware campaign dubbed Operation Sharpshooter which attacked nuclear, defense, energy, and financial targets from all over the world...

Operation Sharpshooter Uses Fileless Malware to Attack Global Infrastructure
Actor uses recruiting lure for collection and exfiltration

Mozilla Firefox 64 Is Now Available for All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases

Mozilla Firefox 64 Is Now Available for All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases
Mozilla's latest Firefox release has landed in the main archives of all supported Ubuntu Linux releases, allowing users to update their installations to enjoy a better, safer, and more secure browsing experience...

Mozilla Firefox 64 Is Now Available for All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases
Users are urged to update their installations immediately

Vivaldi 2.2 Introduces Picture-in-Picture, Smarter Tab Management and Navigation

Vivaldi 2.2 Introduces Picture-in-Picture, Smarter Tab Management and Navigation
Vivaldi Technologies have launched today Vivaldi 2.2, the second incremental update to the 2.x series of the Chromium-based web browser dedicated to power users and computer enthusiasts...

Vivaldi 2.2 Introduces Picture-in-Picture, Smarter Tab Management and Navigation
Now available for Mac, Linux, and Windows

90 metros por segundo: el movimiento animal más rápido registrado

90 metros por segundo: el movimiento animal más rápido registrado
La hormiga Drácula (Mystrium camillae) puede morder con sus mandíbulas a velocidades de hasta 90 metros por segundo, es decir, puede morder a 324 kilómetros por hora, lo que lo convierte en el movimiento animal más rápido registrado, según un nuevo estudio publicado en la revista Royal Society Open Science...

90 metros por segundo: el movimiento animal más rápido registrado
La hormiga Drácula (Mystrium camillae) puede morder con sus mandíbulas a velocidades de hasta 90 metros por segundo, es decir, puede morder a 324 kilómetros por hora, lo que lo convierte en el movimiento animal más rápido regis...

NVIDIA’s $1,100 AI brain for robots goes on sale

NVIDIA's $1,100 AI brain for robots goes on sale
NVIDIA's plan to power autonomous robots has kicked off in earnest. The company has released a Jetson AGX Xavier Module that gives robots and other intelligent machines the processing oomph they need for their AI 'brains.'...

NVIDIA's $1,100 AI brain for robots goes on sale
You aren't about to buy NVIDIA's robotics chip, but it could be influential in the AI world.

Google relents and transfers Duck.com to DuckDuckGo

Google relents and transfers Duck.com to DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo, the privacy focused search engine, has acquired Duck.com from Google, reports NamePros. Responding to rumors from a few days ago, CEO Gabriel Weinberg said that the new domain would make it easier for people to use the company’s search engine. The Duck.com domain was previously owned by Google, after it acquired On2 Technologies (previously known as The Duck Corporation) back in 2010. Neither Weinberg nor Google confirmed how much, if anything, was paid for the domain...

Google relents and transfers Duck.com to DuckDuckGo
Clearing up confusion for users

Shamoon Disk-Wiping Malware Re-emerges with Two New Variants

Shamoon Disk-Wiping Malware Re-emerges with Two New Variants
Two new samples of the Shamoon data-wiping malware have been discovered in the wild, after a period of silence that lasted for about two years. Shamoon was first seen in attacks against Saudi Aramco oil provider in 2012 when it erased data on more than 35,000 computer systems belonging to the company...

Shamoon Disk-Wiping Malware Re-emerges with Two New Variants

Google+ to shut down early after second major security incident

Google+ to shut down early after second major security incident
After another data leak, its second such leak in a year, Google today announced it was shutting down its beleaguered social media platform, Google+. API access will shut down even sooner, within the next 90 days...

Google+ to shut down early after second major security incident

Open Source Is the Future, So Where Does IBM i Fit In?

Open Source Is the Future, So Where Does IBM i Fit In?
The IBM i server reached a milestone this year when it turned 30 years old, an amazing feat for a remarkable system that continues to provide computational value to tens of thousands of organizations around the world. But another birthday was celebrated this year that the IBM i community should take note of: The 20th anniversary of the beginning of the open source movement. Now, this birthday is a little bit questionable because open source software existed before 1998, of course. But the time is worth marking because an important meeting took place in Palo Alto, California, where the phrase “open source” was deliberately created by a group of industry leaders...

Open Source Is the Future, So Where Does IBM i Fit In? - IT Jungle
The IBM i server reached a milestone this year when it turned 30 years old, an amazing feat for a remarkable system that continues to provide computational value to tens of thousands of organizations around the world. But another birthday was celebrated this year that the IBM i community should take note of: The 20th

10 hot data-center virtualization startups to watch

10 hot data-center virtualization startups to watch
Well-funded startups are streamlining data centers with products such as software-defined servers and software-defined block storage, as well as providing multi-cloud application support and data as a service...

10 hot data-center virtualization startups to watch
Well-funded startups are streamlining data centers with products such as software-defined servers and software-defined block storage, as well as providing multi-cloud application support and data as a service.

Injecting Deep Learning into Climate Models

Injecting Deep Learning into Climate Models
A group of researchers are using deep learning to improve the speed and accuracy of supercomputer-powered climate simulations. The work, which is being performed by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Columbia University, is focused on training neural networks to more accurately predict how clouds are driving the Earth’s weather patterns, and by extrapolation, the longer-term climate effects. The resulting model, known as the “Cloud Brain,” was integrated into a traditional climate simulation with the hopes of improving its fidelity and performance...

Injecting Deep Learning into Climate Models | TOP500 Supercomputer Sites
A group of researchers are using deep learning to improve the speed and accuracy of supercomputer-powered climate simulations.

CAPTCHAs Are Dead, And Neural Networks Killed Them

CAPTCHAs Are Dead, And Neural Networks Killed Them
The days of the CAPTCHA — those online forms that force you to enter wavy letters to prove that you’re not a bot — are numbered. A group of researchers at Northwest University and Peking University in China, and Lancaster University in the U.K., have found a way to harness the power of neural networks to crack text-based CAPTCHAs, as security blog Naked Security reports. And all it took was a desktop computer with an off-the-shelf video card...

CAPTCHAs Are Dead, And Neural Networks Killed Them
Long live reCAPTCHAs.

Here’s everything I love and hate about the 2018 Mac Mini

Here's everything I love and hate about the 2018 Mac Mini
After four long years of neglect, Apple finally updated its smallest and most affordable Mac desktop in 2018, the Mac Mini. I bought the new Mac Mini soon after it was announced — and it wasn't cheap...

Here's everything I love and hate about the 2018 Mac Mini
After years of neglect, Apple finally updated its smallest and most affordable Mac desktop in 2018.

ADATA Unveils Ultra-Compact UE700 Pro External Flash Drives: Up to 360 MB/s

ADATA Unveils Ultra-Compact UE700 Pro External Flash Drives: Up to 360 MB/s
ADATA has released a new lineup of USB flash drives that combines compact dimensions, high capacity, and high performance (in case of high-end models). The UE700 Pro drives come in a metallic chassis and are aimed at those who always carry a flash drive and need a sturdy enclosure. Meanwhile, the product is USB 3.0 Type-A only and will need an adapter to work with modern laptops...

ADATA Unveils Ultra-Compact UE700 Pro External Flash Drives: Up to 360 MB/s

Cisco Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy Optical Chip Maker Luxtera

Cisco Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy Optical Chip Maker Luxtera
Cisco is in talks to purchase optical chip technology company Luxtera, anonymous sources told Bloomberg News. A deal will likely value the chip maker in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Cisco reportedly beat out rival bids from Intel, Broadcom, and others. The transaction hasn’t been completed and an agreement might not be reached...

Cisco Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy Optical Chip Maker Luxtera
Cisco is in talks to purchase optical chip technology company Luxtera, anonymous sources told Bloomberg News • A deal will likely value the chip maker in the hundreds of millions of dollars • Cisco reportedly beat out rival bids from Intel, Broadcom, and others • The transaction hasn’t been completed and an agreement might not be reached

(Deep) learning to see in the dark – Technique could be used to improve medical imaging

(Deep) learning to see in the dark – Technique could be used to improve medical imaging
The big picture: MIT researchers are the first to experiment with using neural networks to reveal invisible objects in photos taken in the dark. Their work could one day lead to safer medical and lab imaging as well as improved astrophotography...

(Deep) learning to see in the dark
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have trained a deep neural network to reconstruct objects from images taken in near pitch-black conditions. The technique results in a reconstructed pattern that is “more defined than a physics-informed reconstruction of…

A radical new neural network design could overcome big challenges in AI

A radical new neural network design could overcome big challenges in AI
Researchers borrowed equations from calculus to redesign the core machinery of deep learning so it can model continuous processes like changes in health...

A radical new neural network design could overcome big challenges in AI - MIT Technology Review
Researchers borrowed equations from calculus to redesign the core machinery of deep learning so it can model continuous processes like changes in health.

Windows Virtual Desktop service on Azure

Windows Virtual Desktop service on Azure
Windows is getting ever closer to being a service. Part of that is the (not always successful) regular updates every six months, but Microsoft Managed Desktop and the new Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service on Azure are the other half of this. If you don't want the work of managing PCs and applications like Office 365, you can hand all that over to Microsoft. Or you can use WVD to put Windows on Azure as virtual desktops, where they're much easier to patch and protect. So much easier, in fact, that if you put your Windows 7 desktops there, Microsoft will give you the extended security updates — which usually cost a deliberately high percentage of your support arrangement — free for three years (until January 2023)...

Windows Virtual Desktop service on Azure - TechRepublic

Oracle is suing the US government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract process

Oracle is suing the US government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract process
Oracle filed suit in federal court last week alleging yet again that the decade-long $10 billion Pentagon JEDI contract with its single-vendor award is unfair and illegal. The complaint, which has been sealed at Oracle’s request, is available in the public record with redactions...

Oracle is suing the US government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract process – TechCrunch

Actualización crítica de phpMyAdmin

Actualización crítica de phpMyAdmin
El proyecto phpMyAdmin, uno de los sistemas de administración de bases de datos MySQL más populares, dio un aviso el pasado domingo en su blog avisando sobre la última actualización de seguridad, algo que no habían hecho antes...

Actualización crítica de phpMyAdmin — Una al Día
El proyecto phpMyAdmin, uno de los sistemas de administración de bases de datos MySQL más populares, dio un aviso el pasado domingo en su blog avisando sobre la última actualización de seguridad, a…

Equipan a abejorros con circuitos electrónicos y los conectan a Internet

Equipan a abejorros con circuitos electrónicos y los conectan a Internet
El Internet de las Cosas o simplemente llamado IoT tiene variables y aplicaciones realmente grandes. No obstante, un grupo de expertos lo está fusionando con las capacidades de unos insectos: los abejorros...

[Video] Equipan a abejorros con circuitos electrónicos y los conectan a Internet
El IoT empleando formas vivas ya es un hecho. ¿Prometedor o siniestro?

Con inteligencia artificial, se puede predecir qué plantas se extinguirán

Con inteligencia artificial, se puede predecir qué plantas se extinguirán
Se trata de una metodología que clasifica las especies desde "preocupación menor" a "extinta", con categorías intermedias. Así se elabora una denominada "Lista Roja"...

Con inteligencia artificial, se puede predecir qué plantas se extinguirán
Se trata de una metodología que clasifica las especies desde "preocupación menor" a "extinta", con categorías intermedias. Así se elabora una denominada "Lista Roja".