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Google 自動駕駛車保護行人而申請的專利

在「Google patent: Glue would stick pedestrian to self-driving car after collision」這邊看到因為自動駕駛車的發明才有可能做到的專利。

一般的情況下,在汽車撞到行人後,駕駛會急忙停下來,而可能會導致後方車輛的追撞,而且可能會導致行人直接飛出去造成更多的傷害。這個專利規劃在車輛前端使用特殊的黏性膠,再透過減速讓行人黏在上面停下來:

The front region of the vehicle may be coated with a specialized adhesive that adheres to a pedestrian, and thus holds the pedestrian on the vehicle in the unfortunate event that the front of the vehicle comes into contact with the pedestrian,

The adhesion of the pedestrian to the vehicle may prevent the pedestrian from bouncing off.

專利的示意圖:

AlphaGo 不是使用 GPU 加速...

Google 今天公佈的資料中說明了 AlphaGo 不是用一般常見的 GPU 加速運算:「Google supercharges machine learning tasks with TPU custom chip」。

這是特別為 TensorFlow 製作的 ASIC:

The result is called a Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), a custom ASIC we built specifically for machine learning — and tailored for TensorFlow.

而 AlphaGo 用的版本是 TPU 版:

AlphaGo was powered by TPUs in the matches against Go world champion, Lee Sedol, enabling it to "think" much faster and look farther ahead between moves.

放 AlphaGo 的機櫃長這樣:

通常 ASIC 特製的版本會比 FPGA 或是 GPU 快上許多,這代表目前這些沒有大公司撐腰的圍棋軟體要跟 AlphaGo 拼,除非演算法上有重大的突破,不然就得用更大量的設備跟他換...

Amazon 推出自有品牌產品...

Amazon 打算推出自有品牌產品:「Amazon to Expand Private-Label Offerings—From Food to Diapers」,所以之後會看到 Amazon 牌子的飲料、食物等等的東西:

Amazon.com Inc. in the coming weeks is set to roll out new lines of private-label brands that will include its first broad push into perishable foods, according to people familiar with the matter.

The new brands with names like Happy Belly, Wickedly Prime and Mama Bear will include nuts, spices, tea, coffee, baby food and vitamins, as well as household items such as diapers and laundry detergents, these people said.

接下來應該會是大量出現在競爭對手的產品頁面上?完全可以從台灣的超商想像到後續會怎麼做...

AWS 最新的 x1.32xlarge...

Amazon EC2 推出了 x1.32xlarge:「X1 Instances for EC2 – Ready for Your Memory-Intensive Workloads」。

看這精美的規格:

Processor: 4 x Intel™ Xeon E7 8880 v3 (Haswell) running at 2.3 GHz – 64 cores / 128 vCPUs.
Memory: 1,952 GiB with Single Device Data Correction (SDDC+1).
Instance Storage: 2 x 1,920 GB SSD.

不過需要申請才能用,目前也只有其中幾區有提供:

If you are ready to start using the X1 instances in the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), Europe (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Singapore), or Asia Pacific (Sydney) Regions, please request access and we’ll get you going as soon as possible.

這樣以後就不能說「用 C4 就對了」...

Google DNS 在台灣的 Latency 大幅降低

對 8.8.8.8 的 ICMP 數據可以發現今天早上 Google 台灣機房的 DNS Service 做了改變,整個 latency 大幅降低。(因為 mtr 發現後面 traceroute 不到以為爆炸了,跑去看 Smokeping 發現其實是 Google 改善了架構)

中華電信北區的機房:

中華電信南區的機房:

台固機房:(內湖)

遠傳機房:(忘記是內湖的哪個機房了...)

遊戲橘子機房:(台北區)

Slack 把服務丟上 CloudFront...

剛剛發現公司的 Slack 網域 kkbox.slack.com 已經上了 CloudFront,測了一些其他的 domain,應該是全部都上了:

gslin@home [~] [15:55/W4] mtr --report kkbox.slack.com
Start: Tue May 17 15:56:06 2016
HOST: home.gslin.org              Loss%   Snt   Last   Avg  Best  Wrst StDev
  1.|-- h254.s98.ts.hinet.net      0.0%    10   16.3  11.7   9.3  18.8   3.1
  2.|-- SNUH-3302.hinet.net        0.0%    10   44.5  13.4   9.0  44.5  10.9
  3.|-- SNUH-3202.hinet.net        0.0%    10    8.8  12.7   8.8  26.8   5.9
  4.|-- TPDT-3012.hinet.net        0.0%    10   12.0  14.3  10.4  19.2   3.1
  5.|-- r4210-s2.hinet.net         0.0%    10    9.8  10.4   9.0  11.4   0.5
  6.|-- 203-75-228-29.HINET-IP.hi  0.0%    10   10.3  10.6   9.2  13.7   1.2
  7.|-- R1011-ASR.tpix.net.tw      0.0%    10   12.1  11.6  10.5  13.2   0.5
  8.|-- 202-133-255-122-static.un  0.0%    10   11.3  10.6   9.8  11.8   0.5
  9.|-- ???                       100.0    10    0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0
 10.|-- ???                       100.0    10    0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0
 11.|-- ???                       100.0    10    0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0   0.0
 12.|-- server-54-230-215-138.tpe  0.0%    10   11.9  11.2  10.1  12.2   0.3

這樣先前遇到從 HiNetLevel3 常常爛掉的問題應該是可以解決不少?

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