Blog Review: Nov. 29

Autonomous car flaws; the great auto rush; CCIX; more secure software strategies.


ANSYS’ Robert Harwood offers a reminder that autonomous and assisted driving technology are still very much works in progress, and flawed ones at that. It will take an estimated 5 billion to 10 billion road miles to effectively train self-driving algorithms. So far, Google has logged about 3.5 million miles.

Along the same lines, Mentor’s Paul Johnston takes a look at the electric car market and finds there are roughly 250 companies participating in this sector worldwide, many of them within the last 18 months. And this may be just the beginning of what could prove to be a stampede as the electrification of the car continues.

GlobalFoundries’ Mark Granger observes that that average car today has about $350 worth of semiconductor content. That number will grow at least another 50% by 2023, and some estimates run much higher than that.

Cadence’s Paul McLellan looks at what’s new in the Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators, aka CCIX, including more collaboration among industry giants, a clearer roadmap for 7nm, and new design requirements.

Synopsys’ Brendan Sheairs argues that a traditional software security group isn’t equipped to add security into Agile development environments, and that a better approach is to enlist “Security Champions” and train them in defensive programming. Good idea. Software tends to be the first attack point because it can be breached remotely.

Arm’s Julio Suarez digs into a deployment of a server cluster, including how to use a variety of tools. This is nothing like loading Office on your PC.

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