The field of quantum computing is at an inflection point. The past haunts those who fear another quantum winter – a period when research dies of neglect as funding cools. However, there’s an unofficial club full of optimists who are, quite literally, willing to take on quantum’s demons. A team of researchers at Penn State just realized, in the physical world, a famous thought experiment called Maxwell’s Demon. This is a big deal for quantum computers. It could aid in resolving one of the biggest problems with quantum computing: Entropy, in the form of noisy qubits. Here be gadgets Not here exactly, but on our new hardware site Plugged. Here You can read our guide to understanding the basics of quantum computing here. In 1867 renowned physicist James Maxwell proposed a thought experiment where atoms were trapped in a box with a gate separating them on two sides. The atoms were both fast moving and slow moving, thus hot and cool. He imagined a demon … [Read more...] about An old physics demon could be the future of quantum computing
Future of cloud computing
It’s hard, and possibly a little unwise, to discern the future of the Windows platform entirely from Microsoft’s recent reorg, but I’d like to give it a shot. As tools in this vision quest, I’m going to use episode two of the latest season of HBO’s hit show Silicon Valley, Satya Nadella’s company-wide memo explaining the Microsoft reorg, and the Wikipedia entry on Conway’s law. Here’s my thesis: as Windows development separates into “platform” and “experiences” teams, Windows itself will start to look like a union of “platform” and “experiences,” unlike the currently monolithic-seeming OS I use to play video games. I was inspired to think this way by Satya Nadella’s own hypertext: To truly get the best impact from our efforts, we will have to push ourselves to transcend Conway’s law. This is a strange way to end a company memo. Linking to a Wikipedia article that describes the … [Read more...] about How a Silicon Valley episode can help explain the future of Windows
Like an invisible blanket, the internet floats over our heads, connecting us to everyone and everything, enabling us to immerse ourselves in a new form of reality. It’s the very roadmap of the future, where structural restrictions are made flexible, and “progress” is the word of the day. Technically, some people even call it a “cloud,” made up of signals it receives and transmits at the same time. The best thing about this cloud is that it cancels out the need for any cumbersome hardware, and makes all kind of operations functional from any device at any time.In the commercial sector, the advent of the cloud has proven to be a game-changer. The whole concept of an “office” has changed. It’s mostly virtual now, with great flexibility of time and space - all because of cloud implementation.What does this futuristic transition entail? It allows you to store, manoeuvre, and access, analyse, and backup both data and software. It also allows … [Read more...] about Top seven cloud computing challenges your business needs to consider
Server virtualisation has changed. It has rapidly evolved and is now a mature market. More than 80 percent of x86 server operating system (OS) instances have already been virtualised. If you’re an infrastructure and operations (I&O) leader, now’s the time to explore new approaches to virtualisation if you want to gain further advantage moving forward. The maturity of the market opens potential opportunities for your organisation to deploy alternative virtualisation solutions for different uses or when infrastructure refresh decisions prompt reconsideration of existing virtualisation. Hypervisor-based virtualisation of x86 server infrastructure is the most widely used form of compute virtualisation within enterprise environments today. This is largely due its ability to improve server consolidation, agility and availability. Looking ahead, Gartner is seeing growth in both OS virtualisation (Linux and Windows containers) and VM-integrated containers, especially for … [Read more...] about The future of server virtualisation
The cloud has been a boon for many companies, enabling CIOs to turn off servers or even shutter data centers. CIOs rent processing power, storage and other tools from a mix of vendors in a quickly growing market. But a small contingent of IT leaders is looking to a more efficient way to rent computing horsepower. Rather than take on the often onerous obligations of designing and managing cloud architecture, they are going “serverless.”With serverless computing, cloud instances are no longer allocated, only to sit idle until called upon to fuel applications and other functions. Rather, resources are provisioned only when a specific event occurs. A textbook example of event-based computing is the internet of things (IoT), with sensor-based devices reacting to triggers on the fly. And when a user accesses a mobile app from his or her smartphone — an event — virtual machines in the cloud retrieve and serve up the information.New York Times CTO Nick Rockwell is … [Read more...] about Serverless: The future of cloud computing?