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How to Apply ICT to the Power Grid: OSIsoft’s Way — Part 1

How to Apply ICT to the Power Grid: OSIsoft’s Way — Part 1

Smart grid is where power, IT, and communications meet. In this blog, IT and communications technologies are grouped as ICT. These days, most industry areas have become so complex that we cannot cope with problems without applying ICT. When smart grid was first introduced, Cisco declared that the power grid would be much bigger than [...]

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Wind River’s View on M2M, Intelligent Systems, and the Internet of Things

Wind River’s View on M2M, Intelligent Systems, and the Internet of Things

I hear more and more about intelligent systems. Are they different from M2M and the Internet of Things? In a recent Design West, one of the themes was intelligent systems. What is it, and how is it different from M2M and the Internet of Things? I attended one informative session by speakers from a research [...]

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What’s on the Radar Screen of an International ICT Company?

What’s on the Radar Screen of an International ICT Company?

Fujitsu has been one of the most successful companies in Japan, and it also has operations worldwide, including North America. The revenue distribution is Japan, $36.1B (61.8%); EMEA, $9.9B (17.9%); APAC/China, $5B (15.6%); and the Americas, $3.5B (4.6%), for a total of $54.5B worldwide. Because I cover the intersection between ICT and energy, I wanted [...]

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Dr. John Hennessy Speaks at Fujitsu North America Technology Forum

Dr. John Hennessy Speaks at Fujitsu North America Technology Forum

Fujitsu’s annual conference is a good deal. It is free and presents prominent speakers on timely technology subjects with very little Fujitsu propaganda. I am fortunate enough to be on their invitation list. I will discuss the overview of the conference in a later blog but focus now on this special keynote by Dr. John [...]

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Low Power Implies Lightweight Software on Processors

Low Power Implies Lightweight Software on Processors

This year’s ARM TechCon’s theme was low power. As we reduce the power consumption of computer systems, we can apply them to many areas that we never even considered before. Reducing power involves several elements, including low-power processors and memory. But we tend to overlook software impacts. Software includes both utilities and applications. At the [...]

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Principal Idea Behind Intel’s Push towards Wireless Is Smart Allocation of ICT Resources

Principal Idea Behind Intel’s Push towards Wireless Is Smart Allocation of ICT Resources

Recently, I had a chance to hear the keynote speech delivered by Justin Rattner, CTO of Intel, at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012. He heads Intel Labs, and a large room was packed with media, developers, technical managers, and business people. Justin Rattner started his speech wearing the latest communications gear with moving ears. The [...]

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GigaSpaces Accelerates NoSQL Databases

GigaSpaces Accelerates NoSQL Databases

I video-interviewed GigaSpaces’ Nati Shalom, its founder and chief technology officer, in March regarding their Cloudify product. Nati Shalom Cloudify is a tool to smoothly launch applications in a cloud environment with a recipe that describes everything necessary, including resources and their configurations. GigaSpaces’ new product (at least, I thought it was new) is eXtreme [...]

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Metric Insights Enhances Collected Data with Context for Business Intelligence

Metric Insights Enhances Collected Data with Context for Business Intelligence

Of the five companies I interviewed at the recent NoSQL Now 2012 conference in San Jose, two were database companies, two were analytics companies, and one was a technology company in the business of accelerating the speed of others’ NoSQL databases. One of the analytics companies was Metric Insights, which is based in San Francisco. [...]

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Chatting with Bob Wiederhold of Couchbase, NoSQL Database Company

Chatting with Bob Wiederhold of Couchbase, NoSQL Database Company

When you talk to many people in the same domain, you either get totally confused or begin to see some commonality in their views and thus some light. Every vendor has its claims about its technologies and products. Some try to emphasize their merits and downplay their demerits. That is understandable. I sat down with [...]

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VoltDB, NewSQL Database Company

VoltDB, NewSQL Database Company

At the recent NoSQL conference in San Jose, California, I had a chance to chat with Scott Jarr, cofounder and chief strategy officer of VoltDB. I wrote an overview blog where I touched on VoltDB, and this is a detailed version of my conversation with Scott. Scott Jarr When I was researching the NoSQL segment, [...]

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