The NVM (non-volatile memory) Express (NVMe) specification has come a long way from its inception as a single standard conceived by a working group to an expanding ecosystem of specifications.
The expanding scope of NVMe, including NVMe Over Fabrics (NVMe-oF), means it can benefit a wide array of devices and systems, not just data centers with SSDs (solid state drives), and in the long run, become a critical element to taking advantage of storage class memories (SCMs) other than flash.
Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst Scott Sinclair doesn’t see many limitations as to where NVMe could find itself. “Given the pervasive need for performance, it is difficult to think of an area where NVMe would not offer value. It is simply a cost equation. As costs continue to decline, NVMe will be leveraged in more places,” he said.
“We are only about a year or two away from NVMe simply being the default for flash.”
It is impractical to bring to Mars the gear needed to get back home. Relativity wants to send its manufacturing ecosystem to the Martian surface, so astronauts can gather raw materials on Mars and build there what they need to return.
Among the most audacious aspirational goals put forth by a new generation of commercial space companies is sending to another planet the means to return to Mother Earth.
If manufacturing rockets using 3D metal printers wasn’t enough, high-flying rocket startup Relativity Space says ferrying a 3D printer to the surface of Mars is central to its very long-range strategy.
Smart cities will provide more and more services, an increasing number of which they’ll be apt charge for. As urban IoT infrastructure expands, local businesses will naturally also take advantage of it. With all of that on the way, there’s an expectation that it will be useful for people to have access to a suitable electronic currency for small fees and minor purchases — for making micropayments.
IOTA, a ledger-based technology designed specifically for the IoT, is being proposed for that purpose.
Several ledger systems already exist. The most well-known is blockchain, the technology at the base of Bitcoin. Blockchain has some of the basic characteristics appropriate for supporting micropayments in an IoT environment, but it has disadvantages too, which make it unsuitable for making micropayments in IoT ecosystems.
A new research project will develop an intelligent spine interface, with the long-term aim of helping spinal injury patients regain limb function and bladder control.
The project, a collaboration between engineers and neuroscientists at Brown University, Intel, Rhode Island Hospital, and Micro-Leads Medical, has received $6.3 million in funding from DARPA.
As part of the study, patients with spinal injuries will have electrodes embedded in their spines, above and below the injury. An AI system running a biologically-inspired neural network will “listen” and learn about what the signals mean, with the aim of reconnecting the two parts of the spine electronically.
“We are undergoing probably the largest modernization in the infantry squad in the last 25 years,” said Lt. Col. Tim Hough, program manager for infantry weapons at Marine Corps Systems Command’s ground combat element systems division.
Everything from electro-optics to the weapons themselves are getting revamped, he said during a panel discussion at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Armament Systems Forum last June in Fredericksburg, Va.
The overhaul will significantly change how the Marine Corps fights and maneuvers on the battlefield, as well as increase the lethality of infantrymen, he added.
The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refueling contacts with an H225M.
The tests, involving no fuel and performed between 1,000 ft and 10,000 ft at flight speeds as low as 105 knots, confirmed the positive results of previous proximity flights conducted at the beginning of 2019. The next step in the flight test program will involve wet contact operations scheduled to take place before the end of 2019 ahead of final certification in 2021.
NASA and Lockheed Martin have finalized a contract for the production and operations of six Orion spacecraft missions and the ability to order up to 12 in total.
Orion is NASA’s deep space exploration spaceship that will carry astronauts from Earth to the Moon and bring them safely home. Lockheed Martin has been the prime contractor during the development phase of the Orion program.
The agency’s Orion Production and Operations Contract (OPOC) is an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contact for NASA to issue both cost-plus-incentive fee and firm-fixed-price orders. Initially, NASA has ordered three Orion spacecraft for Artemis missions III-V for $2.7 billion. Then in fiscal year 2022, the agency plans to order three additional Orion spacecraft for Artemis missions VI-VIII for $1.9 billion.
OPOC will realize substantial savings compared to the costs of vehicles built during the design, development, test and evaluation (DDT&E) phase.
Muilenburg and the board announced the establishment of a permanent Aerospace Safety Committee of the Board of Directors. The board also delivered to Muilenburg and senior company leaders the recommendations of its specially-appointed Committee on Airplane Policies and Processes, which also were adopted by the full board.
Hydrogen has been recognized as a renewable fuel source for a number of years now, with companies utilizing the element to drive and fly, though adoption by industry and consumers hasn’t been sweeping. Hydrogen fuel cell-powered transportation may be coming to the masses though thanks to a breakthrough by a team at Australia’s Monash University. By finding a replacement for pricey iridium, hydrogen gas can be created through electrolysis much cheaper than before.
“We’re replacing iridium with elements that are abundant, cheap, and operate in a more stable manner,” Dr. Simonov says.