IT - Technology

Building A More Accurate Time Service At Facebook Scale
Facebook Engineering, March 20th, 2020
Almost all of the billions of devices connected to the internet have onboard clocks, which need to be accurate to properly perform their functions

"Many clocks contain inaccurate internal oscillators, which can cause seconds of inaccuracy per day and need to be periodically corrected. Incorrect time can lead to issues, such as missing an important reminder or failing a spacecraft launch. Devices all over the world rely on Network Time Protocol (NTP) to stay synchronized to a more accurate clock over packet-switched, variable-latency data networks..."

In this video from Big Compute 2020, Blake Scholl from Boom Supersonic describes how high performance computing in the cloud has opened a new era of high-speed flight

"Boom Supersonic is redefining what it means to fly by building Overture, history's fastest commercial airliner. Boom's vision is to bring families, businesses, and cultures closer together through supersonic travel and make the world dramatically more accessible.

Boom is the first commercial airplane manufacturer to commit to a carbon neutral flight test program. The company is backed by world-class investors and has 30 aircraft on pre-order. Founded in 2014, Boom has assembled a team of over 140 full-time employees who have made contributions to over 139 air and spacecraft companies..."

Stacking Up Arm Server Chips Against X86
The Next Platform, March 18th, 2020
It is pretty clear at this point that there is going to be a global recession thanks to the coronavirus outbreak

"Maybe it will be a V-shaped recession that falls fast and recovers almost as fast, and maybe it will be a sharp drop and a much more prolonged climb back to normalcy. As we have pointed out before, we think that IT technology transitions are accelerated by such trying times, and this could happen starting soon. There is no doubt that companies are going to be even more aggressive in measuring the performance per dollar and performance per watt on every piece of hardware that will still need to go into datacenters in the coming days, weeks, and months..."

The 6 Best Free Video Conferencing Apps
How-To Geek, March 16th, 2020
If you suddenly find yourself working from home or another remote location, you're going to miss those interactions with other people

Video conferencing can help by allowing you to talk face-to-face, even if it is via a screen.

  • Google Hangouts
  • CISCO Webex Meetings
  • Zoom Meetings
  • Skype
  • FreeConference
  • Jitsi

Fortunately, there are plenty of free video conferencing apps you can use to connect.

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