- Embedded Systems Conference
- Moscone Center
- The Electrum Project
- Electrum is a sculpture that employs lightning as the major component. Real
lightning , which is very rarely seen up close, has the ability to focus and
clear the mind. The work stands 38 feet tall and is essentially a column with a
sphere on the top. Concealed within the sculpture is a 130,000 watt Tesla Coil.
The Tesla Coil is the largest of its kind in the world. Lightning discharges up
to fifty feet in length emanate in all directions from the top of the sphere.
- Survival Research Labs
- Producing the most dangerous shows on earth.
- Users of Intuit's TurboTax income tax preparation software are up in
arms as a result of new DRM features which were added, with no warning, to this
- Fully Informed Jury Association
- The FIJA mission is to inform all Americans about their rights, powers and
responsibilities when serving as trial jurors. FIJA also seeks to restore the
political function of the jury as the final check and balance on our American
system of government.
- Beowolf clusters
- In the summer of 1994 Thomas Sterling and Don Becker, working at CESDIS
under the sponsorship of the ESS project, built a cluster computer consisting
of 16 DX4 processors connected by channel bonded Ethernet. They called their
machine Beowulf. The machine was an instant success and their idea of providing
COTS (Commodity off the shelf) base systems to satisfy specific computational
requirements quickly spread through NASA and into the academic and research
communities. The development effort for this first machine quickly grew into a
what we now call the Beowulf Project.
- Article in Scientific American -
- Raffi Krikorian holds up a circuit board no bigger than a matchbook, with
just enough space for a couple of chips, a few threads of wiring and a socket
or two. "It costs maybe three dollars," he tells me. It's so cheap
and simple, Krikorian's team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's new
Center for Bits and Atoms expect their humble circuit not only to change the
way we wire our homes, but transform how we live in them too.
- According to Gershenfeld, these layers are the software embodiment of human
bureaucracy: each one has a sort of management committee to administer it and
much of its code exists simply to pass messages on to the next layer. The only
way to make this system small enough to fit onto a tiny chip was to strip away
redundant or non-essential features from each layer, leaving only the code
absolutely necessary to perform a specific task. If you were to fully implement
each layer, you might need a megabyte of code. But Krikorian found enough waste
and duplication for him to fit the essential functions of all seven layers on a
4-kilobyte memory chip. "Our chip doesn't have an operating system,"
he says. "It doesn't need to communicate with printers or determine which
version of software some other computer is running." All it needs to do is
send and receive simple commands that resemble Web addresses.
- Internet0 is an infrastructure for networking large numbers of small
devices. Traditional Internet implementations are simply too complicated for
micro devices to understand and use -- we are working towards creating new
standardized physical and logical layers for networking that allows small
computationally restricted devices to self organize and cooperate while still
remaining fully functional with the Internet of today. Our devices, in about 2K
of code, are fully functional Internet nodes that can be distributed and
embedded in buildings and sensor networks.
- Raffi Krikorian - firstname.lastname@example.org
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