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Tumblr Engineering — Friday, October 23rd, 2020

When someone likes your post, follows you, reblogs you, etc., we make a record of it in the activity feed for your blog. Over the last several months, we’ve been building a new backend for that activity system. We’re rolling out this new activity backend now, and hopefully, none of you will notice a thing except maybe your activity loading a little faster. Another benefit of this new backend is that we can finally update the activity view to filter…

Measuring IIoT Initiatives in Automotive Manufacturing

What you’ll learn: How simulation and a collaborative platform approach enables EV manufacturers to improve battery design, scale production Potential roadblocks and solutions   There are many good reasons for electric-vehicle (EV) use, chief among them sustainability. As proof, a 2018 paper from J.P. Morgan on global energy trends states that road transportation (i.e., internal combustion engines, or ICE) accounts for 50% of worldwide oil consumption. The best way to reduce this figure, the paper suggests, is widespread adoption of…

Civil Engineering PhD Student Places for Research Poster

Daeyeol Chang Daeyeol Chang, a civil and environmental engineering doctoral student, received second place in the research poster competition at this year’s virtual Missouri Highway Safety and Traffic Conference. Chang’s research topic was “Taking the Freeway: Inferring Evacuee Route Selection from Survey Data.” This topic strongly related to the conference’s goal of moving Missouri toward safer roads. “Specifically, my topic dealt with hurricane evacuation modeling for route choice between freeways versus non-freeway routes,” Chang said. Disasters like floods, tornadoes and…

Machine-Learning Inference Chip Travels to the Edge

Flex Logix has unveiled its InferX X1 machine-learning (ML) inference system, which is packed into a 54-mm2 chip. The X1 incorporates 64 1D Tensor processing units (TPUs) linked by the XFLX interconnect (Fig. 1). The dual 1-MB level 2 SRAM holds activations while the level 1 SRAM holds the weights for the next layer of computation. An on-chip FPGA provides additional customization capabilities. There’s also a 4-MB level 3 SRAM, LPDDR4 interface, and x4 PCI Express (PCIe) interface. 1. The…

Digital Representations of Physical Assets Support Real-Time Insights

At a Glance: Bentley Systems, an infrastructure engineering software company, announced the winners of its annual infrastructure competition at a virtual conference (Oct. 19-21). Conference presenters share case studies to demonstrate infrastructure improvements where digital twins are developed and physical assets are tracked in real time. Attendees were briefed on ways in which plants can visualize, contextualize and validate data using applications from the Bentley Systems’ playbook, including PlantSight. The phrase “digital twins” has been around for some time, but its…

Takeaways from the Latest Arm DevSummit

The Arm DevSummit was interesting this year for a variety of reasons, including its recent acquisition by Nvidia. One of the key announcements was the Cassini Project, which includes standards such as Arm’s SystemReady and the PARSEC project that expands the Arm Platform Security Architecture (PSA) into the world of containers. A host of sessions covered everything from Amazon’s AWS Graviton 2 Neoverse-based processor to security, as well as the transition from 32- to 64-bit processors in the smartphone space.…

This beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Engineers are figuring out how.

The diabolical ironclad beetle has puzzle piece-like blades in its abdomen that “delaminate” to prevent the beetle’s exoskeleton from suddenly failing under immense force. Purdue researchers simulated this mechanism using 3D-printed versions of the blades. Credit: Purdue University/Maryam Hosseini and Pablo Zavattieri Getting run over by a car is not a near-death experience for the diabolical ironclad beetle. How the beetle survives could inspire the development of new materials with the same herculean toughness, engineers show in a paper published…

Simple software creates complex wooden joints

Complex interlocking components mean no tools are needed. Credit: Larsson et al. Wood is considered an attractive construction material for both esthetic and environmental purposes. Construction of useful wood objects requires complicated structures and ways to connect components. Researchers have created a novel 3-D design application to simplify the design process and also provide milling machine instructions to produce the designed components. The designs do not require nails or glue, meaning items made with this system can be easily assembled,…

Performing Key Switch-Mode Power Supply Measurements on an Oscilloscope

For some applications such as extremely low-noise amplifiers or precision automated test equipment, it’s still possible to find a linear power supply at work converting AC utility power into some form of DC power. If having output that is virtually free of noise or ripple is the top priority, designers are willing to put up with a linear power supply’s 20% to 40% power efficiency and large size and weight. But for nearly everything else, switch-mode power supplies (SMPS) have…

Introducing Magic Firewall

Today we’re excited to announce Magic Firewall™, a network-level firewall delivered through Cloudflare to secure your enterprise. Magic Firewall covers your remote users, branch offices, data centers and cloud infrastructure. Best of all, it’s deeply integrated with Cloudflare One™, giving you a one-stop overview of everything that’s happening on your network. Cloudflare Magic Transit™ secures IP subnets with the same DDoS protection technology that we built to keep our own global network secure. That helps ensure your network is safe…