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New IO Visor Project to Advance Linux Networking and Virtualization for Modern Data Centers
The Linux Foundation – August 19, 2105: The Linux Foundation...today announced the IO Visor Project. Founding members of IO Visor include Barefoot Networks, Broadcom, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, Huawei, Intel, PLUMgrid and SUSE.
This Linux Foundation Collaborative Project will advance IO and networking technologies to address new requirements presented by cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV). An industry transformation is underway in which virtualization is accelerating and driving the IT industry to seek faster service delivery and higher efficiency. As virtualization of compute, storage and networking continues to grow, fundamental changes in the way IO and networking subsystems are designed are required....IO Visor is an open source project and community of developers that will enable a new way to innovate, develop and share IO and networking functions. It will provide a neutral forum in which participants can contribute and advance technology for an open programmable data plane for modern IO and networking applications and will provide development tools for the creation of high-speed, event-driven functions for distributed network environments from the data center to IoT and more.... ...Full Story
NIST Releases SHA-3 Cryptographic Hash Standard
NIST Techbeat – August 19, 2105: The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the final version of its "Secure Hash Algorithm-3" standard, a next-generation tool for securing the integrity of electronic information.
Nine years in the making, SHA-3 is the first cryptographic hash algorithm NIST has developed using a public competition and vetting process that drew 64 submissions worldwide of proposed hashing algorithms. The new standard—Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 202, SHA-3 Standard: Permutation-Based Hash and Extendable-Output Functions—is available for download from NIST's website.... ...Full Story
ISO Launches Search for Next Secretary-General
ANSI Weekly News – August 18, 2105: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released a call for applications for its next Secretary-General. ISO president Dr. Zhang Xiaogang issued a letter this week to the organization's member bodies detailing the candidate recruitment process for the open position. The ISO Council intends to announce a new Secretary-General during the first quarter of 2016....The Secretary-General is responsible for the effective operation of the ISO system according to its statutes and rules of procedure. His/her responsibilities include not only the monitoring and support of some 3,000 ISO committees and working groups, but also the management of the Geneva-based ISO Central Secretariat (ISO/CS).... ...Full Story
Linux Foundation Launches Open Mainframe Project
TechCrunch – August 18, 2105: It's 2015 and you might think of the mainframe as a vestige of an earlier computing era, but these mega machines still play a role inside large institutions running intensive workloads.
And as though to prove its ongoing utility, The Linux Foundation announced it was launching the Open Mainframe Project today, an open source endeavor devoted to helping companies using mainframe computers....It may surprise you to learn Linux has been running on mainframes for 15 years, and as Linux usage has grown on mainframes, a community of users has built up. The project is a response to that growing demand,...The idea is that those companies participating in this project can work together, and begin building a set of open source tools and technologies for Linux mainframes, while helping one another overcome common development issues in the same manner as all open source projects....
IBM is sweetening the pot by contributing 250,000 lines of mainframe code to the Linux community.... ...Full Story
Interagency Report Advocates Support for International Cybersecurity Standardization
NIST Techbeat – August 18, 2105: A new draft report by an interagency working group lays out objectives and recommendations for enhancing the U.S. government's coordination and participation in the development and use of international standards for cybersecurity. The report recommends the government make greater effort to coordinate the participation of its employees in international cybersecurity standards development to promote the cybersecurity and resiliency of U.S. information and communications systems and supporting infrastructures. These efforts should include increased training, collaborating with private industry and working to minimize risks to privacy....
The draft report outlines four U.S. government strategic objectives for the development and use of international standards for cybersecurity:
- Enhancing national and economic security and public safety
- Ensuring standards and assessment tools for the U.S. government are technically sound
- Facilitating international trade
Promoting innovation and competitiveness
The draft report then lays out eight recommendations for how the federal government can achieve those objectives, including by ensuring coordination across the government and collaboration with the private sector and internationally, and promoting federal agency participation in international standards development and federal use of international standards and assessment schemes....A supplement to the draft report provides a summary of ongoing activities in critical international cybersecurity standardization and an inventory of U.S. government and private-sector engagement. It also provides guidance for agencies to plan and coordinate more effective participation in these activities.... ...Full Story
Seagate, Toshiba, Scality And Others Launch Kinetic Open Storage Platform For Smart, Low-Overhead Cloud Object Storage
TechCrunch – August 17, 2105: Two years ago, Seagate debuted a new technology for hard drives that essentially gives applications direct access to some of its drives over an Ethernet connection to store objects using key-value pairs. This reduces the overhead that comes with traditional file systems and file servers and allows vendors to pack more drives into their racks. Seagate made drivers for this technology available for OpenStack's Swift object storage and Riak, and Toshiba also recently launched some drives built on the same technology.
Now, an alliance that includes the three major hard drive manufacturers (Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital), as well as Cisco, Cleversafe, Dell, DigitalSense, NetApp, Open vStorage, Red Hat and Scality, is joining the Linux Foundation to develop Kinect going forward.
The Kinect Open Storage Project will shepherd the development as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project with the goal of "providing open source object storage on next generation, Ethernet-enabled storage devices."...
The project combines both the specs for the ethernet connectivity with the key/value store technology on the drives. The project will manage the APIs, open source libraries and simulators for interfacing with these Kinect-based drives. ...Full Story
SAC Expedites Enterprise Standards Reform
USITO.org Weekly – August 17, 2105: On August 3, the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) Local Standardization Department (i.e. SAC Department of Service Industry Standards) hosted the third meeting reviewing the pilot work of the enterprise product standard self-disclosure system. SAC Deputy Director Cui Gang attended the meeting and outlined four SAC key tasks for further reform work:
- Complete soon the Guiding Opinions of Establishing Enterprise Product and Service Standards Self-disclosure and Supervision System
Strengthen the pilot areas in those products that are of most interest to consumers
- Expedite the revision work of the Enterprise Standardization Management Measures, setting rules on third-party evaluation and post supervision and spot-check mechanisms
- Start the Phase II construction of information disclosure platform, and publish soon the Enterprise Product Standards Information Public Service Platform Technical Proposal
Conduct credit management, using the evaluation by third-party organizations of enterprise standards and their disclosure as references for regulation
- Strengthen incentive system and education programs.... ...Full Story
5A hard-to-put-down tech-savvy page turner (5 Stars)
Amazon Reader Reviews – August 12, 2105: Updegrove manages to tell a great story with enough well-thought out and plausible details in it to avoid distracting technical readers, while keeping the attention on the plot and the personal relationships in it. For our hero Frank Adversego there are real personal relationships, and for American readers the scenario this book illustrates ought to be concerning, given how technically realistic it could be for the coming election season. ...Full Story
Khronos Expands Scope Of 3D Open Standards Ecosystem
Computer Graphics World – August 11, 2105: The Khronos Group (www.khronos.org), an open consortium of hardware and software companies, has significantly expanded the scope and momentum for its family of open standard 3D graphics APIs. The new generation Vulkan API for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs is on track for implementation and specifications later this year and has received support from Android, SteamOS, Tizen, and many Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and Red Hat.
The new OpenGL ES 3.2 specification that was released absorbs AEP (Android Extension Pack) functionality to enhance pervasive graphics capabilities across mobile, consumer and automotive devices. Finally, a set of OpenGL extensions has been released to expose the latest capabilities of desktop hardware.... ...Full Story
NISO Launches New Project to Develop XML Standard for Producing Standards Documents
NISO.org – August 10, 2105: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) voting members have approved a new project to standardize the ISO Standard Tag Set (ISOSTS) in line with JATS (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012 JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite) for application by standards development organizations (SDOs) and use in the standards ecosystem. In the process of formalizing ISO STS—a variant of JATS—as an ANSI/NISO standard, this new NISO initiative, NISO STS, will support input from many organizations that have begun to use it in their own publication production processes....Participation in the new NISO STS initiative is encouraged from those familiar with standards production, publishing systems and XML. Familiarity with JATS is also helpful. Individuals interested in participating on this working group should contact Nettie Lagace (email@example.com). ...Full Story
Lost the war?
ITWeb – August 07, 2105: "Linux is a cancer," declared Microsoft's then-CEO Steve Ballmer in a 2001 interview. It was roughly a decade after the maverick operating system was launched by Linus Torvalds, both periods which seem generations removed from today's IT world. It looks like 1991 and 2001 had a lot in common: proprietary was king, the internet was nascent, and software solutions came in large packages and rigid ecosystems....
Today paints a very different picture. Services (XaaS) is making ring-fenced systems a niche practice. Interoperability is an expected feature. New technology companies such as Google and Facebook ignored the antagonism between proprietary and open source by simply using both. The result is a market where much of proprietary software's stigmas over open source have been laid to rest, while the open source culture had to adjust from its own nose-thumbing attitudes towards business and monetisation.... ...Full Story
ANSI and European Standards Organizations Share Q&A Documents to Facilitate Better Mutual Understanding
ANSI Weekly News – August 06, 2105: Following many months of collaboration and dialogue, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the European Standards Organizations (ESOs) have released two Q&A documents aimed at facilitating a better mutual understanding of the U.S. and European standardization systems.
The ESOs are comprised of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
The Q&A documents are the latest deliverable to come out of more than two decades of dialogue between ANSI and the ESOs. In recent years, these gatherings have evolved to also include the European Commission (EC) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).... ...Full Story
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