2011-08-10 Log

Intel’s Sandy Bridge Graphics Architecture, from realworldtech.com. It is the most thorough analysis of the Sandy Bridges, especially on its memory model. Despite the Sandy Bridges is the first to allow GPU to share the last level cache with CPU, it does not support OpenCL at the moment. It would be interesting to see how Intel will map the OpenCL memory space onto the last level cache.

Microgeometry Capture using an Elastomeric Sensor, from MIT and , in SIGGRAPH 2011. It uses the GelSight system, which was extended from the system described in its CVPR 2009 paper.

A Review of Optical NDT Technologies, in Sensors Aug. 2011. Note: NDT is the acronym for non-destructive testing.

Say goodbye to the Blue Water. Say hello to the Titan.

Design of a Low-Cost, Precision Belt-Drive Machine for High-Throughput Nanomanufacturing, to appear in Precision Engineering. It has an error analysis and rate analysis for implementing Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN).

Embree: Photo-Realistic Ray Tracing Kernels, open source ray tracing kernel from Intel. There are other interesting things in the Intel SIGGRAPH 2011 web site.

Do Instruction Sets Matter ?, by Jim Turley. The argument is still valid if the discussion is extended further, e.g. Do Processor Cores Matter?

The Tower of Babel, a funny article about the industrial standards in control.

Smartphones shipments, Sky is the limit…, from semiwiki.com.

Off topic:
It’s the Leadership, Stupid, from HBR.
Innovative Companies Demand Innovative Leaders, from HBR. It has a funny anecdote about Steve Job visiting Xerox PARC in the 1980s. I have read the anecdote multiple times in the past, but not with comments as hash as this time.

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