Archive For July, 2009

5 articles

IT vs Embedded Hypervisor (continued)

By Mark Hermeling This is a discussion that will never die out I think. I found this post through my Google alerts this morning and I think it is typical for how people look at IT virtualization. Bottom line: performance is not the main deciding factor when choosing a virtualization layer for an IT system. 'Best effort' performance is often…

Determinism and Virtualization

By Mark HermelingI ran into this article on determinism by Kim Hartman while googling for something else. The point of the article is simple: determinism is important for embedded systems, faster processors don't change this. And while this is not news, Kim mentions virtualization (the use of Virtual Machines) on a single or multicore machine as a good way of…

Quit Bugging Me: quick shell tricks – using addresses

By Mike Deliman Here's a quick-trick you can do from the target side shell. It might come in handy. How-to run programs and pass variables by their addresses... First I'll allocate some space, populate it, assign it to some new symbols and add those symbols to the target-side symbol table using the target resident shell:Continue Reading ››

90, 45, and on to 22nm

By Mark HermelingHere is an interesting article in the Financial Times on the economic limits of Moore's law. The article gives an interesting account of which type of fabs the various chip manufacturer have. It also states Intel's (my brand new employer) statement that only companies with about $9bn in annual revenue (give or take a dime) 'can afford to…

Space Junk: collision imminent

By Mike DelimanIt was bound to happen eventually. On February 10th two large satellites collided in orbit - Kosmos 2251 crashed into Iridium 33 [spaceweather] [bbc]. Even with sophisticated tracking and modeling mechanisms, two large satellites managed to crash into each-other. On the one hand it's surprising - even the experts all say "unexpected" and "extremely unlikely". On the other…