Tracking the World on a Vblock

first_imgAs creatures of the 21st century, we all benefit from geographic information technology, which, among other things, provides maps to vacation spots, tracks upcoming super-storms, and offers insights into our ecosystem. In fact, gathering and analyzing geographical data is becoming increasingly essential to building a more sustainable and resilient future.One company developing the tools to do this is ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software. GIS software links geographic information (where things are) with descriptive information (what things are like). With a simple map, what you see is what you get, but with a GIS-enabled map, there are many, many layers of information that you can add to increase your understanding of that geographic space. Such understanding could lend itself in myriad ways to many different types of disciplines – health, agriculture, city management, natural resources, telecommunications, and transportation, among them.ESRI knows just how powerful GIS can be – and has the user base to prove it. ESRI’s software product, ArcGIS™, enables organizations to utilize spatial information for analysis, understanding data, and making informed decisions. It provides data visualization for business analytics and location analytics for geographic intelligence.More than one million people in more than 350,000 organizations use ESRI’s solutions, including most US federal agencies and national mapping agencies, all 50 US state health departments, transportation agencies, forestry companies, utilities, state and local government, schools and universities, NGOs, and commercial businesses.More and more each day, these organizations are utilizing GIS software for mission-critical decisions, showing the limitations of existing IT infrastructure architectures. ESRI looked to VCE to provide high value enterprise software products deployed on the Vblock Systems’ converged infrastructure. Through the benefits of application virtualization, ArcGIS desktop, mobile, and server modules are deployed much faster and can share predefined pools of virtual compute and storage resources. This provides more efficient utilization of hardware resources, easier scalability, and a more resilient platform for ArcGIS operations. As a result, ESRI customers are able to speed their path to market, improve reliability, simplify their operations, and reduce the expense associated with their core ArcGIS software deployments.As an official reseller with VCE, ESRI’s core ArcGIS product suite can be prepackaged as an appliance on a Vblock for data centers. In addition to the standardized architecture, the Vblock provides a seamless global support and validated interoperability matrix, ensuring a highly reliable and easily scalable solution to ESRI’s ArcGIS customers.The Vblock solution enables ArcGIS administrators to take advantage of high-class compute, storage, networking, and virtualization. Through these technologies, administrators can manage their environment with service profile templates and an automation engine that was specifically optimized for the Vblock system.The solution greatly simplifies provisioning and configuring for ArcGIS instances on blades and servers, allowing administrators to focus on adapting ArcGIS to respond to business demands instead of infrastructure deployment.With the expanded reseller agreement, ESRI’s customers will be better equipped to analyze and manage large quantities of data, which will enable geographical scientists, disaster recovery teams, and governments to do their jobs faster, more efficiently, and with a greater understanding of the local and global impact on the Earth.“VCE Lifecycle Assurance: Doing the Hard Work So You Don’t Have To“ESG’s July solution brief discusses how Vblock Systems from VCE aren’t just a sum of its parts, but a new way of implementing and supporting mission critical infrastructure, such as ArcGIS software. Read the brief now.Sharelast_img read more

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Virtual Lab to Test Critical Microelectronics in Military Weapons

first_imgBy Dialogo December 30, 2014 To ensure performance of integrated circuits in military systems, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), working in concert with its Service partners, developed a “virtual lab” with an integrated computer-aided design, or CAD, and file-sharing environment to transfer the large volumes of data accumulated during microchip analysis and debugging. In addition to file sharing, a website constructed for the virtual lab is facilitating communication between government researchers and program performers from academia and industry. “Integrated circuits or microchips form the backbone of all military IT and electronics systems, and ensuring that these microchips are free from unauthorized tampering is essential to national security. Unfortunately, this task has become increasingly difficult as more microchips are designed and built around the world in commercial facilities,” said Kerry Bernstein, DARPA program manager. “Improving chip intrusion detection and assessment speed across the investigative community will help prevent the installation of counterfeit chips in military systems and enhance overall confidence in the electronics supply chain.” Integrated circuits or microchips are ubiquitous, found in virtually all modern appliances and systems ranging from desktop computers, laptops and cell phones to fighter aircraft and munitions. Despite that pervasiveness and criticality, few automated techniques today can verify whether the intended functionality of microchips has been compromised at any stage during design and fabrication. “Integrated circuits or microchips form the backbone of all military IT and electronics systems, and ensuring that these microchips are free from unauthorized tampering is essential to national security. Unfortunately, this task has become increasingly difficult as more microchips are designed and built around the world in commercial facilities,” said Kerry Bernstein, DARPA program manager. “Improving chip intrusion detection and assessment speed across the investigative community will help prevent the installation of counterfeit chips in military systems and enhance overall confidence in the electronics supply chain.” DARPA’s virtual lab is creating new methods for researchers to test electronic systems with substantial complexity, giving rise to innovative reliability analysis tools. These tools are applied to test articles distributed by DARPA to its performers, who stress the chips under loads likely to be seen during normal operating conditions. Under the auspices of DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits program, researchers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are collaborating in powerful new ways to determine the reliability and integrity of microchips embedded in some of the nation’s most critical military weapon and cyber systems. To ensure performance of integrated circuits in military systems, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), working in concert with its Service partners, developed a “virtual lab” with an integrated computer-aided design, or CAD, and file-sharing environment to transfer the large volumes of data accumulated during microchip analysis and debugging. In addition to file sharing, a website constructed for the virtual lab is facilitating communication between government researchers and program performers from academia and industry. One test, referred to as advanced failure analysis, uses state-of-the-art equipment, including multiple scanning optical microscope techniques transferred earlier this year from DARPA to NWSC. In a recent investigation conducted by NSWC Crane, AFRL Wright-Patterson and University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, researchers devised a proprietary, non-destructive technique to analyze and repair microchips exhibiting erratic behavior. Using this novel failure analysis tool, the team was able to determine the precise design fault responsible for the behavior and correct the problem. Under the auspices of DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits program, researchers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are collaborating in powerful new ways to determine the reliability and integrity of microchips embedded in some of the nation’s most critical military weapon and cyber systems. “As we seek to authenticate, fix and/or remove suspected counterfeit microchips through these efforts, broadening the availability of non-invasive tools, techniques and related findings across the DoD is essential,” said Bernstein. “Given how widespread microchips are, and their vulnerability to compromise, the numbers don’t seem to be on our side. Through the virtual lab, however, we can help shift the balance in our favor. By extending testing resources to our Service partners and working together more effectively, we can ensure the reliability of our most important electronic systems.” Integrated circuits or microchips are ubiquitous, found in virtually all modern appliances and systems ranging from desktop computers, laptops and cell phones to fighter aircraft and munitions. Despite that pervasiveness and criticality, few automated techniques today can verify whether the intended functionality of microchips has been compromised at any stage during design and fabrication. DARPA’s virtual lab is creating new methods for researchers to test electronic systems with substantial complexity, giving rise to innovative reliability analysis tools. These tools are applied to test articles distributed by DARPA to its performers, who stress the chips under loads likely to be seen during normal operating conditions. One test, referred to as advanced failure analysis, uses state-of-the-art equipment, including multiple scanning optical microscope techniques transferred earlier this year from DARPA to NWSC. In a recent investigation conducted by NSWC Crane, AFRL Wright-Patterson and University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, researchers devised a proprietary, non-destructive technique to analyze and repair microchips exhibiting erratic behavior. Using this novel failure analysis tool, the team was able to determine the precise design fault responsible for the behavior and correct the problem. “As we seek to authenticate, fix and/or remove suspected counterfeit microchips through these efforts, broadening the availability of non-invasive tools, techniques and related findings across the DoD is essential,” said Bernstein. “Given how widespread microchips are, and their vulnerability to compromise, the numbers don’t seem to be on our side. Through the virtual lab, however, we can help shift the balance in our favor. By extending testing resources to our Service partners and working together more effectively, we can ensure the reliability of our most important electronic systems.”last_img read more

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Can we now have a good life?

first_imgDear Editor,The announcement by Dr Clive Thomas of a grand cash payout of US$5,000, the equivalent of Gy$1 million, sounds like the “good life” is finally here; yes, at last it seems like the present poverty will be a thing of the distant past. That announcement has caused some prominent personalities to write in exhilarating penmanship splashed all across the print and electronic media.Listen to the comment from one politician/trade unionist, “Professor Thomas is on to something…let’s not shy away from conversation on its feasibility.” Another politician has said, “I support cash transfers to Guyanese households”, and the list goes endlessly on.In the first place, let’s take a look at the reaction of President Granger and his Finance Minister to the pronouncements of Dr Thomas. Both gentlemen have expressed shock and disbelief as to what Dr Thomas was talking about. You are speaking about the Economic Advisor to the President making certain pronouncements and the President and Finance Minister showing total ignorance as to what he was talking about.So, if the movers and shakers of the economy can show such disparaging reactions to the same issue, what do you expect to happen when real dollars kick in? The answer: total chaos and confusion. In the end, corruption will flourish while the fortunes of the poor plummet.From experience, raw cash handouts do not work, they just add to one’s economic woes. You just have to take a look at Trinidad and learn from their experiences when their oil revenues came on stream. Trinidad instituted a direct cash transfer in a programme called C.O.L.A (cost of living allowance). C.O.L.A lent credence to a spending spree never before seen in the history of the poor in Trinidad. The poor in particular spent on things for this present frivolities while things permanent and essential were left undone; so when oil prices dipped, fortunes tumbled for the people whom it was designed to help. The evidence of this squandermania can still be seen in Trinidad today, where the so-called poor live in hovels. Those who took care of the transitory items, like wine, women and song, contrasted against the lasting permanence of those who took care of tomorrow. There is always the danger of hard cash being doled out to “the poor,” because this means there is bound to be a repeat performance of Trinidad.What needs to be done — and this was already in place when the PPP/C was in office — is there must be an admixture of cash handouts plus firm, sustainable, fiscal endowments with a futuristic view in mind; otherwise you are headed for certain failure as a nation. Below is a summary of these:1. Revive or resuscitate the sugar industry, at least 7,000 jobs would be assured. Those that are employed would be providing for their families while the country would be earning valuable foreign earnings as sugar exports rise.2. Encourage foreign companies to invest in our economy as the economy gets a shot in the arm. These areas include forestry, fishing as well as mining.3. Enhance the WOW (Women of Worth Programme, where soft loans would be made available for the start-up of small businesses for our women, especially single mothers.4. Revive the student loans at our tertiary institution, so that our best and brightest minds can be educated and have an equal opportunity as those who can afford a university education.5. Reinstitute the $10,000 per child “Because we care programme.” This programme is twofold in that it is real income for homes, while at the same time ensuring that each child stays in school and receives an education.6. Revive the free social benefits such as free water and electricity for the elderly in our midst.7. Revive the revolving loan agreement and duty free concessions for teachers and other public servants. In this way, more persons would have a place called home as well as their own means of transportation.You would have noticed that most of the points raised above start with the root words “revive”, “reintroduce” and “encourage”, which means that those programmes were there under the previous PPP/C Administration; plans and incentives we hitherto enjoyed and have grown accustomed to. In this regard, I urge this regime to learn a serious lesson, if ever they are to become a success story. But this is all wishful thinking, because from what obtains, people’s development is the least of their concerns.Finally, as we view the experiences of Third World countries, where sovereign wealth has suddenly come on-stream in their economies, let us learn from their mistakes and make our own situation a lasting success.Sincerely,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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