Amazon’s Head in the Cloud

Remarkable Depth and Breadth in Cloud Computing, and an Intriguing New Service

by Bruce Kleinman, FSVadvisors

At face value, it is a bit of a brain twister: Amazon’s goal of being the “everything store” on the one hand, that is, and its massive cloud services business on the other. At first glance, not exactly peanut butter and chocolate. Walmart and Costco are not actively hawking their data processing capabilities—which one imagines as quite formidable—on the open market.

Turn the clock back a few years and it makes sense. Amazon developed their massive datacenters in-house because their requirements could not be readily met with existing solutions. As time passed, they developed more and more value-added differentiation. And, at some point, someone thinking well outside the box suggests “let’s monetize our unique datacenter capabilities by selling them in the emerging cloud computing market.” At least that is how I envision it going down; I am sure reality was more nuanced and more interesting.  Read More

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Verifying Your Awesomeness

Posted on 01/24/15 at 1:38 AM by Kev

I would ask the question: what is it that you are verifying?

Digital stuff is all representable as FSMs and it should be possible to make that run fast in simulation and formally verify that the implementation is correct. However, there are lots of ana…

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Posted on 01/19/15 at 1:21 PM by Dick Selwood

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Just shows I have probably been around too long. I meant to type ST. But the back of my mind was SGS Thomson. How long ago did they change the name? Just checked- only 17 years ago

EDA for SETs

Posted on 01/19/15 at 9:26 AM by bmoyer

What do you think of this algorithmic approach to fitting logic into single-electron transistor fabrics?

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Posted on 01/16/15 at 4:24 PM by MikeB

"While the rest of the world seems to accept that three-dimensional or FinFET technology is the only way to keep up with Moore's Law, SGS seems to be making steady progress ..."

Well spotted on noting it's two companies sharing the same HQ, but it's Th…

Calypto Refreshes HLS

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One other thought: I'll be moderating a SystemC panel at DVcon on 3/4; perhaps we'll learn more from that discussion.

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