Category Archives: Electronics

Top500 Nov 2015 list

The Top500 list of supercomputer performance is clearly on a new, slower trajectory, continuing from previous lists. This is exemplified by the Tianhe-2 holding the top spot for 3 years running, though as can be seen in the below “Performance … Continue reading

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Top500 July 2015 list

The trend continues for slowing supercomputer performance. From Top500: “Total combined performance of all 500 systems has grown to 363 Pflop/s, compared to 309 Pflop/s last November and 274 Pflop/s one year ago. This increase in installed performance also exhibits … Continue reading

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Moore’s Law graphs annoy me

Moore’s Law is a famous observation relating to integrated circuits, though most people use the term lazily. The correct statement of the law not only involves the doubling of the number of transistors on a computer chip within a certain … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Knowledge

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch by Lewis Dartnell Imagine there was a mass die-off of human beings, perhaps from some pestilence or a Game of Thrones season premiere party that got way out of hand, but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dr. Euler’s Fabulous Formula

Dr. Euler’s Fabulous Formula: Cures Many Mathematical Ills by Paul J. Nahin In my review of Nahin’s The Logician and the Engineer I mentioned that it could almost have been a surrogate for my digital logic course when I was … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Logician and the Engineer

The Logician and the Engineer: How George Boole and Claude Shannon Created the Information Age by Paul J. Nahin How well does the mythical average person on the street know about the great scientists and engineers of the past? The … Continue reading

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More computing power than Apollo

It is often said these days that any given piece of technology has more computing power than it took to go to the Moon. Let’s do a little quantitative analysis to see if this claim holds true, comparing the Apollo … Continue reading

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