Dell | May 25, 2020
Already leaders are talking about investing in large amounts of infrastructure to kick-start the economy, It should include digital infrastructure that will set the next generation up.
If there is one thing that COVID-19 has done, it has been to accelerate changes that had already been coming to the way we use technology.
Some of the risk can be offset by combining digital with more traditional infrastructure, It ranges from filling-in connectivity gaps through to solving identity and trust issues.
If there is one thing that COVID-19 has done, it has been to accelerate changes that had already been coming to the way we use technology. As a result of months of disruption, millions of Australians are much more digitally savvy. We are comfortably engaging with each other through video, we are buying online at levels that we expected to be years in the future and, most importantly, we are engaging with education virtually and learning as much about digital learning as we are about the subjects themselves. There have been more subtle changes too. Worldwide, business and government has been learning to work virtually. The future of work has arrived unexpectedly quickly and we’re not likely to go back to how things were. Jobs that can be done remotely are likely to continue to be more flexible than ever before.
The change means that instead of staffing with the best person available onsite, jobs will be available to the best person anywhere. While working virtually, new opportunities for innovation, automation and simplification are being created which will boost productivity and allow for new products and services in the longer term. The move to virtual work means the possibility of accessing new export opportunities. We have a highly skilled workforce who are well regarded across the globe. Contributions that were too hard to make through the tyranny of distance are suddenly open to us. To lock-in the myriad of social, inclusion, education, export and economic benefits that these new digital skills create requires new infrastructure. Digital infrastructure. It ranges from filling-in connectivity gaps through to solving identity and trust issues.
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“It is now the moment for countries to fast-track the construction of new digital infrastructure, such as IoT along with AI, in addition to the hastening of vital projects and major infrastructure construction that’s already included in countries.”
Challenges included: instructors not properly trained and prepared to deliver online courses. Difficulties in adapting TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) curricula and training to online formats. Lack of access to the internet or ICT (Information and communications technology) equipment to carry out learning or training. Apprentices ready for assessment but who couldn’t be assessed due to COVID-19 issues. Students unable to access the resources necessary to continue their training because they were not familiar with online platforms. Yet, despite these challenges, students, apprentices, providers of TVET, and policy-makers are making the important changes needed when it comes to learning and acquiring skills in times of crisis.
” Our future is a hybrid of physical and digital and needs to include advanced manufacturing which is rich in IP which can be exported to identical fabrication technology in seconds and in production in minutes.”
It is a world where learning is supported by digital tools curating the best content from teachers across the country supported by dynamic coaching in-person and digitally. And it is a world where cyber security infrastructure is as pervasive as our defence and police forces.The challenge with investing in digital infrastructure is that it is sometimes hard to see the progress. If a government invests in roads, bridges and buildings then even if there is a cost blowout, there is something useful at the end of it. Technology, on the other hand, is notorious for missed budgets combined with architectural missteps or even obsolescence. However, just because these investments are hard and carry risk, we cannot shy away from them. Nationally important digital infrastructure will disproportionately set up for the future we want to have in the 2030s. After all, history has shown that the most significant investments of the past in the nation’s interests have come with commensurate risk.
Digital infrastructure plays a pivotal role in predicting and modelling outbreaks. Take AI-supported services for a lung CT scan: the AI is premeditated to quickly detect lesions of likely coronavirus pneumonia; to measure its volume, shape and density; and to compare changes of multiple lung lesions from the image. This provides a quantitative report to assist doctors in making fast judgements and thus helps expedite the health evaluation of patients. That the government could respond as quickly and in the way it did with JobKeeper, JobSeeker and small business boosts was because of investments made in complex IT systems over the past decade. These systems are examples of critical infrastructure that provide resilience to support the economy and its people. Some of the risk can be offset by combining digital with more traditional infrastructure.
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Achronix | October 28, 2021
Achronix Semiconductor Corporation, a leader in high-performance FPGAs and embedded FPGA IP, and MoSys, Inc., a provider of both semiconductor and IP solutions focused on accelerating data intelligence to enable fast, intelligent data access today announced a collaboration to deliver a new class of high-speed, programmable, FPGA-based infrastructure solutions tailored for the 5G wireless core and edge, data center, and broadband wired networks.
The solution will combine Achronix Speedster7t FPGAs with the MoSys Stellar Packet Classification Platform IP to deliver key building blocks needed for high-speed routing, compute and security solutions.
MoSys Stellar Packet Classification IP utilizes the Achronix Speedster7t FPGA's high-speed GDDR6 memory interfaces to add support for:
100's of millions of look-ups per second
Millions of packet classification rules: both access control lists (ACL) and longest prefix match (LPM)
Very complex, 10+ tuple look-ups at up to 480b TCAM-style rules
The MoSys Blazar Acceleration Engine ICs can also be easily coupled to Speedster7t FPGAs to add:
In-memory computing capabilities using 25G SerDes lanes
Up to 1Gb of high-speed memory to complement and expand the on-board FPGA SRAM by up to five times.
MoSys IP, together with Achronix FPGAs, can offload both high-end servers and multi-terabit switch designs to extend functionality and capacity as well as reduce latency for critical look-up functions, all at much lower power when compared to CPU-only based solutions. Combining Achronix Speedster7t FPGAs and MoSys Stellar Packet Classification IP will improve the performance of a wide range of applications and services for cloud data center operators, 5G mobile telecom service providers, government, and research organizations.
With the first Speedster7t device now shipping, the 7t1500 provides:
692k look-up-tables (LUTs)
195 Mb of memory
Four 400G Ethernet interfaces
Two PCIe Gen5 interfaces
Eight GDDR6 memory interfaces
High-bandwidth 2D network on chip (2D NoC)
The Speedster7t family are the only FPGAs with a 2D NoC which helps to support high-speed data transfers from external data interfaces to the FPGA's internal logic, delivering a total bandwidth of greater than 20 Tbps.
Steve Mensor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at Achronix Semiconductor, said, "Achronix is excited to partner with MoSys, Inc. to provide high-performance routing and security solutions to our global customer base. MoSys's industry-leading packet classification solutions combined with our Speedster7t FPGAs create the ideal platform for the most demanding data acceleration applications."
"Achronix Speedster7t FPGAs are ideally suited to hosting our very high-speed look-up IP. Now, 5G UPF core and edge routing solutions using LPM look-ups and security solutions, including network firewalls and anti-DDoS applications can use complex access control lists to process traffic at unprecedented performance levels,The Achronix architecture is truly optimized for on- and off-chip networking and, by combining their FPGAs with our Stellar Packet Classification IP and software, will bring a compelling solution to our shared customers in the networking and communications markets."
Dan Lewis, CEO of MoSys, Inc.
About MoSys, Inc.
MoSys, Inc. is focused on accelerating data intelligence and provides both semiconductor and IP solutions that enable fast, intelligent data access and decision making for a wide range of markets, including cloud networking, security, 5G networks, SmartNIC, test and measurement, and video systems. MoSys's Quazar family of high-speed memories and the Blazar family of accelerator engines are memory integrated circuits with unmatched intelligence, performance and capacity that eliminate data access bottlenecks to deliver speed and intelligence in systems, including those scaling from 100G to multi-terabits per second. MoSys's Stellar family of virtual accelerator engines includes its packet classification platforms for LPM and ACL-based applications embedded in ASICs and FPGAs. This IP accelerates applications and is portable across a many hardware configurations with or without MoSys silicon chips. More information is available at: MoSys.
About Achronix Semiconductor Corporation
Achronix Semiconductor Corporation is a fabless semiconductor corporation based in Santa Clara, California, offering high-end FPGA-based data acceleration solutions, designed to address high-performance, compute-intensive and real-time processing applications. Achronix is the only supplier to have both high-performance, high-density standalone FPGAs and licensed eFPGA IP solutions. Achronix Speedster®7t FPGA and Speedcore™eFPGA IP offerings are further enhanced by ready-to-use VectorPath™ accelerator cards targeting AI, machine learning, networking and data center applications. All Achronix products are fully supported by the Achronix Tool Suite which enables customers to quickly develop their own custom applications.
Element Critical | July 09, 2020
Element Critical, a leading provider of IT infrastructure with premium data centers in Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Northern Virginia today announces the promotion of Wayne Dietrich to Chief Operating Officer. With diverse management experience spanning over two decades, Dietrich brings valuable leadership to the Element Critical executive team during a period of rapid growth. As COO, Dietrich will lead sales and operations, in addition to directing day-to-day administrative functions.
"Wayne's passion for the business and constant drive to achieve success is infectious," said Ken Parent, Element Critical CEO. "We are excited to have steady leadership at the operational helm as we continue to expand our colocation platform, broaden our customer base, and scale our business overall."