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In-Memory wave crests in-chip wave coming

In-Memory Analytic Databases are So Last Century

In an article written last year by an industry analyst that I respect, IDC’s Carl Olofson, he gave the impression that in-memory analytics are the wave of the future, the new paradigm for high performance analytic databases. He said, “embrace the new paradigm and plan for it.”

For once, I didn’t agree with him.

In-memory analytics are last decade’s revolution, or even last century’s. The wave of the future is something far faster, and far more revolutionary.

Pancakes in Space

NASA, Star Trek, Pancakes and IBM Watson

I spent the weekend before last doing the NASA SpaceApps Challenge, and for the second year in a row, my team won the local competition with a combination of seemingly trivial geeky knowledge and twisted thinking. Our challenge: To boldly make pancakes where no pancakes have ever been made before. More precisely, we answered the challenge, Print Your Own Space Food. Here’s a quote from the challenge description:

Think Food Replicators, from an early sci-fi show. Investigate the benefits and feasibility of allowing astronauts to print their own food on the International Space Station or other space facility. What would it look like? What will it be made of? How will it be possible? Create a recipe for a 3D printed meal.

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