RRAM vendor inks deal with semi foundry

March 11, 2016

I’ve been a fan of RRAM – resistive random access memory – for years. It is much superior to NAND flash as a storage medium, except for cost, density and industry production capacity. Hey, you can’t have everything! But Crossbar announced today that they’ve inked a licensing deal with the Chinese Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation […]

0 comments Read the full article →

The cult of memory

March 11, 2016

Persistent digital storage is an absolute requirement for a persisting digital civilization – and I remain concerned that with the exception of M-disc we don’t have digital media with a 500 year life. But I also take a broader view of storage, including that which we carry around in our heads, which has way more […]

1 comment Read the full article →

Asymmetric innovation: legacy vs cloud

March 9, 2016

Here’s a good question: why are cloud vendors able to innovate so much faster than legacy vendors? AWS brags about the hundreds of new features and services they implement every year – and their accelerating pace. But here’s a better question: why don’t enterprise buyers accept the same level of innovation from legacy vendors as […]

3 comments Read the full article →

Memcomputing

March 3, 2016

Why do we focus on I/O? Because our architectures are all about moving data to the CPU. But why is that the model? Because Turing and von Neumann? Universal Turing Machines (UTM) have a fixed read/write head and a movable tape that stores data, instructions and results. Turing’s work formed the mathematical basis for the […]

3 comments Read the full article →

Non-volatile memory conference next week

March 3, 2016

I’m looking forward to attending the 7th Annual Non-Volatile Memories Workshop 2016 at UC San Diego next week. I couldn’t make FAST 16 this year – darn it! – so this will be my Q1 storage wonk fix. My focus is on emerging technologies, products, companies and markets, and it is clear that non-flash NVM […]

0 comments Read the full article →

How engineers – and anyone else – can figure out how good their marketing is

February 23, 2016

I spent years working closely with engineers at DEC, Sun and other companies – and I always felt a bit sorry for them. They’d get flayed for every decommit and slip. They’d sweat blood figuring out solutions to hundreds of subtle problems. Then, after 2 to 3 years of effort, they’d deliver the product to […]

3 comments Read the full article →

EMC’s costly battle against upstarts

February 12, 2016

A few weeks ago Nimble Storage CEO Suresh Vasudevan flagged EMC’s aggressive sales tactics as a key problem for Nimble’s enterprise penetration. We can now put a number on how much this is costing EMC. For the full year, EMC’s Information Storage group product revenues dropped from $10.785B in 2014 to $10.2B – an almost […]

8 comments Read the full article →

Snow on the rocks

January 18, 2016

Dial-a-climate People are often surprised to learn that it snows in Arizona. While much of state is low Sonoran desert – it rarely gets below freezing in Phoenix – altitude is the primary determinant of climate in Arizona. That’s why it can be freezing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and in the 70s […]

1 comment Read the full article →

Paul Graham’s naiveté – MLK day, 2016

January 18, 2016

In Economic Inequality, Paul Graham – of Ycombinator fame – posted an astonishingly naive essay on income inequality. While many others have written take-downs (see here and here, of Mr. Graham’s factual and logical flaws, there’s another that deserves attention. The role of entrenched wealth in creating a less just society The stagnating incomes and […]

10 comments Read the full article →

Gödel Machines, deep learning and the limits of AI

January 13, 2016

If, like me, you’re interested in AI and deep learning, you’ll like this. Neural networks are all the rage in AI, but there is a newer technology – Gödel machines – that is now a standard part of the AI toolset. What is a Gödel machine? From the abstract of the paper A Family of […]

5 comments Read the full article →

Market share: HP & Others up – everyone else down

January 4, 2016

IDC’s Worldwide Total Disk Storage Systems Market for Q3 2015 had some interesting results. The thumbnail is the title of this post. But there are a couple more details. ODM vendors – who sell direct to the hyperscale data center customers – had the fastest revenue growth of any supplier at 23.4%. HP’s revenue growth […]

1 comment Read the full article →

New year’s eve & new year’s day hikes

January 3, 2016

I was under the weather for much of November and taking it slow in December. But for the new year I took a couple of short hikes of 2-3 miles. On the 31st I parked on Chapel Road and walked the Chapel Trail. The spires in this picture are the Two Nuns. The Chapel in […]

0 comments Read the full article →

When will SSDs kill the 2.5″ disk drive?

December 15, 2015

Probably never. Here’s why. DRAMeXchange is predicting that in 2017 some 41% of laptops will sport SSDs. As the per gigabyte price difference between disk and flash shrinks, the price differential becomes irrelevant at ever-higher capacity points. Most people have little idea how much storage they use or need. Compulsive music/photo/video folks will use terabytes, […]

5 comments Read the full article →

How storage is changing the world

December 2, 2015

Cheap storage is changing the world. Whether it is in the cloud, on a dash cam, or embedded in an app, cheap – as in inexpensive – storage is enabling new relationships between individuals, and with culture, power, and groups. Facebook is the most prominent example of a storage-powered app. All apps use storage of […]

4 comments Read the full article →

Mr. Dell’s eyes fixed on the rear-view mirror

November 16, 2015

Zigging when others are zagging can be smart. Dell buying EMC to create a large computer company could be genius – or the last hurrah of a failing business model. Dell’s perspective is simple: ≈50% of Dell’s revenue comes from PCs, a rapidly shrinking market. Dell needs to get into higher margin, non-shrinking markets if […]

4 comments Read the full article →