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The rise of the GPU

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=921 Ever wondered that after having only OpenGL around for many years on graphical processing units mainly for games and lot of other GPU related standards such as Open CL, EGL, SPIR, VULKAN, SYCL, NNEF, etc. are poring up? Well we are confronted that a lot of areas such as chemistry, engineering, defence, image analysis, AI Learning, climate, quants and many more processor intensive calculations...

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Medicated toilet tissue

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=919 I am unsure if you know this toilet tissue so beloved by my grandparents as it is quite coarse and has the texture of newspaper. It is actually one of the reasons I have stayed away from hospitals all these years. Funny enough it was labeled medical since 90 years ago it was the first splinter free toilet tissue. As an anecdote in WWII British soldiers got 3 sheets of this tissue, while...

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Cum gran salis

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=914 The expression of the grain of salt dates back to the roman who used it to express many different meanings, it started its meaning as an anti-dote, then it was used to describe a powerful poison that only required a grain and finally it also described caution in general. Today you will hear that all frameworks, principles or virtually everything in architecture should be used with a grain of...

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Ultra posse nemo obligatur

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=912 No-one is obligated beyond what he is able to do is a corner stone of the common law. However it also obligates that when you are offering services beyond your ability you are obliged to point out this missing ability. In the building architecture in most countries it is a legal requirement  to point out what aspects of any job falls in core competency, what is covered via non competencies and...

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Customary right on data

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=883 You may be aware of the right by custom in common law. Funny enough the same also implies on data or IT custom, as a business function that has nothing to do with the subject traditionally will claim an ownership. This is even more common in public service where there are departments that only survive because of customary ownership of data, such as an department that calculated a certain tax...

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IT is the Business

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=860 Often we and others talk in a way that there is IT and there is the Business. As such we have the IT Architect and the Business Architect. The really funny thing is that those who describe the themselves as Business Architects then cut down the Business to processes  and keep all technical aspects external. So in a chemical company the maintenance cycles and the production planning are seen as...

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Less is more

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=857 In the classical building architecture less is more describes the minimalistic design, which is a whole school of architects that fundamentally stated with two different motivations. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe started with the minimalistic design as something driven by aesthetic, very much as anti statement to the cluttered architecture in existence. the other school of minimalism was driven from...

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Stochastic architecture

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=853 As architects we usually work with deterministic business cases that follow that you will get the same output with identical input. All such deterministic business cases are the low hanging or simple projects for the first 70 years in computing. However we now slowly move into a stochastic phase as we all know that business is not deterministic in many cases. Additionally we also use computing...

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The architecture of cost

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=849 Costs are described as part of an activity or as common costs not specific to an activity. The goal of any commercial architecture is to reduce costs. You may argue we should focus on quality instead of costs, but quality is never costs neutral and as such cost efficiency must be part of any quality. Now to design cost reduction there are two very different ways to do so. The operational cost...

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The inability to manage the Dunning–Kruger effect

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=847 The Dunning–Kruger effect in a nutshell describes the behaviour of those suffering from illusory superiority in ignoring the abilities of others. You will often see that this pattern is very much in existence with the architecture community as well as with business owners. Often it occurs together with the inability to ask questions, as they are expected to know all. Roman generals knew about...

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Hidden operations

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=814 We all know that part of our work is done using semantics (both natural and artificial) and intrinsic processing. This does not only lead to the individual, but also to group intrinsic non semantic processing as we do not only communicate via semantics. These non semantic operations often create a problem for architects and business analysts, especially if they are forgotten, as virtually all...