CIQ, Oracle, and SUSE have partnered to form the Open Enterprise Linux Association (OpenELA), which focuses on community-driven source code for Enterprise Linux. The trade association aims to encourage the development of Linux distributions that are both compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and can uphold open community standards. This arrangement formalizes what the members consider to be the existing de facto standards of transparency, community involvement, security, free access, open redistribution, and expedient updates.
Israeli Government Launches Comprehensive Quantum Computing Development Program
Bob Sorensen, Tom Sorensen
The Israel Innovation Authority and the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) recently announced a $62 million USD collaborative effort to establish a domestic quantum computing (QC) infrastructure. The two-pronged approach calls for the Israel Innovation Authority, part of Israel's Ministry of Economy charged with fostering domestic industrial R&D, to focus on developing QC algorithms, applications, and a related software stack to support both on-premises or cloud QC access models. For its part, the IMOD will stand up a national center to develop a complete quantum computer including a quantum processor expected to consist of 30-40 qubits, quantum control capabilities, and I/O interfacing hardware.
3 202022 | HYP_Link
Opportunity for DNA as a New Archive Storage Medium
Mark Nossokoff and Bob Sorensen
Using biological building blocks in place of traditional materials to assemble computers has been a research topic for many years, but recently the first potential commercial use cases have begun to emerge, centered on storage for large data sets. The DNA Storage Alliance, created to promote a storage ecosystem based on synthesized DNA strands, recently shared their aspirations for the emerging technology that offers significant promise in durability, simplicity, cost, and density over traditional magnetic counterparts. The initial goals of the alliance are to educate the public and raise awareness about DNA-based storage. Further out, the alliance may pursue the creation of specifications and standards, such as encoding, physical interfaces, retention, and file systems, to ensure that DNA-based solutions complement existing storage hierarchies. The alliance notes that expectations for the growth rate of current storage mechanisms cannot keep pace with the rising demand for data storage, particularly where growing data retention and related data mining efforts are driving the need to save increasingly larger data sets for longer periods of time. Such requirements are well suited to DNA-based archive storage characteristics in applications including digital content creation, robotics, smart cities, autonomous vehicles, healthcare, astronomy, and climate science.