All posts on October, 2016


Tiny robots are exploring history’s most iconic shipwrecks

Underwater explorers no longer need to get their feet wet to uncover some of history’s most notable shipwrecks. Oxygen tanks and flippers are being replaced by underwater robots. Sam Macdonald is the president of Deep Trekker, a Canadian company that makes underwater bots. Since Deep Trekker’s creation in 2010, the company’s robots have become a standard in the aquaculture industry, but, Macdonald says, that wasn’t the original intent. 

“One night I dropped a flashlight off my boat and I started thinking about having an underwater robot that we could do things with including retrieving lost items, but also for exploring all of these ship wrecks,” Macdonald said.

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Next step after Node.js: Framework for ‘universal’ JavaScript apps

The Next.js framework for server-rendered “universal” JavaScript apps is going open source.

Built on top of the React JavaScript library, the webpack module bundler and the Babel JavaScript compilerNext.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications. It’s offered by development tools builder Zeit and installed via npm “We created Next.js because we believe universal isomorphic applications are a big part of the future of the web,” Next’s developers said.

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Dell/EMC, SnapRoute reinforce OpenSwitch networking features

Looking to broaden the qualities of its open source stack, the OpenSwitch project said SnapRoute and Dell EMC will add new features to its network operating system.

Specifically, the new contributions include:

  • SnapRoute’s open source network stack and management services, which support a modular, hardware independent NOS, accessible through a complete set of APIs.
  • Dell EMC’s OS10 Open Edition, which represents an open, disaggregated base subsystem incorporating hardware and platform abstraction layers for networking switching applications. On top of OS 10 base module run application modules which include traditional Layer 2/3 networking functions and other IP, fabric, security, and management and automation tools from Dell, Linux, third-parties and the open source community.

“OpenSwitch is now one step closer to providing the data center community with an open source network operating system that enables organizations to focus on developing innovative networking solutions, which can exploit Cavium’s extensible switch architecture to address rapidly changing market needs,” said Albert Fishman, Linux Foundation OpenSwitch project marketing chair and senior technical marketing manager of Cavium Switching Platform Group.

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