Weekly Takeaways-December 13, 2021
Updated: Mar 11, 2022
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Distributed Systems Need Better Timing The need for accurate timing cuts across multiple sectors, but there seems to be a common thread: the trend towards distributed architectures. Consider distributed databases, distributed computing, distributed communication networks, distributed sensor arrays, and distributed controls. Generally speaking, distributed systems offer resiliency and efficiency but require low latency and better synchronization. Do you think the GPS architects are planning for this? We are. The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) released a report to help organizations prepare for a "“post-quantum” world when sufficiently advanced quantum computers can break the encryption standards upon which our modern world greatly depends."
The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board held their annual meeting. Former CIA Director of Russia Analysis and author of the "The Russia Trap" George Beebe presented his insights on how GPS could "influence geopolitics and historical examples of how technology imbalances can spark wars."
A recent "Beyond Silicon Valley" report from Revolution ROTR and PitchBook noted that the "proportion of early-stage VC dollars going to Bay Area startups... is on pace to be below 30% for the first time in more than 10 years."
Last week we highlighted resources to learn about quantum technologies ahead of the holidays.
There are also a plethora of sites available to learn about timing and synchronization.
For data center timing, the Time Appliances Project is a good starting point.
Their site has an extensive set of online articles and the recent 2021 OCP Global Summit presentations.
To learn about timing for telecommunications, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) is host to white papers and the upcoming Workshop on Synchronization and Timing Systems.
A similar organization, the International Timing & Sync Forum (ITSF), is holding their next conference in November and provides access to presentations from previous conferences.