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Industry's Fastest Storage Networking Speed Announced by Fibre Channel Industry AssociationPress Release
–November 13, 2108 - In a move that drives storage interconnect innovation for next-generation data centers, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) today announced the INCITS T11 standards committee has completed the Fibre Channel Physical Interface (FC-PI-7) standard specifications for 64GFC by forwarding the document to the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) for publication. The completion of the 64GFC standard marks another successful milestone on the FCIA's Speed Roadmap, and is accompanied by seventh generation (Gen 7) INCITS T11 standard enhancements...At the time of FC-PI-7 publication, 64GFC will be the fastest single-lane serial transmission networking speed available, capable of delivering real world full-duplex storage bandwidth of 12,800 MB/s. Backwards compatibility is maintained for interconnections with 16GFC and 32GFC ports as well as continued use of the SFP form factor and cabling interface supporting 100-meter OM4 multi-mode fiber cable lengths which are prevalent in today's datacenters. Gen 7 Fibre Channel will seamlessly integrate into existing SAN infrastructures... Full Story
The International Standards Organization (ISO) Approves New Standard Based on Ghent Workgroup SpecificationPress Release
–November 12, 2108 - ...PDF files in packaging workflows commonly contain the design to be printed and elements that are not printed, yet are crucial to how the printed piece is going to be further processed. A prime example is cutting and folding information which is needed after printing, to cut a box to final format and fold it into its 3D shape. The Ghent Workgroup identified years ago that a lack of standardization in the way these â€œprocessing stepsâ€ elements were contained in PDF documents, were a hindrance to the acceptance of PDF as the standard format in such packaging workflows. Full Story
The Linux Foundation Announces Intent to Form New Foundation to Support GraphQLPress Release
–November 9, 2108 - The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announces a broad coalition of industry leaders and users have joined forces to create a new open source foundation for the GraphQL project, which will be dedicated to growing and sustaining a neutral GraphQL ecosystem. Hosted under the Linux Foundation, the GraphQL Foundation\'s mission will be to enable widespread adoption and help accelerate development of GraphQL and the surrounding ecosystem...
GraphQL is a nextÂ-generation API technology developed internally by Facebook in 2012 before being publicly open sourced in 2015. As application development shifts towards microservices architectures with an emphasis on flexibility and speed to market, tools like GraphQL are redefining API design and client-server interaction to improve the developer experience, increasing developer productivity and minimizing amounts of data transferred. GraphQL makes cross-platform and mobile development simpler with availability in multiple programming languages, allowing developers to create seamless user experiences for their customers... Full Story
ADAF - an Open Source Digital Standards Repository for Africa â€“ Launches in KenyaCryptoDavid
–November 8, 2108 - Digital assets provide an easy and more secure way of doing business and Africa is quickly benefiting from these new economies of trade...
Currently, Intra-Africa trade stands at 16 percent, but with the AfCTA agreement, it is expected to jump to 52 percent by 2022.
The Need for a Common Digital Standard
The ambitious initiative to form a continental common market in a digital era however creates some challenges when it comes to standards. Mobile phones and digital assets are allowing cross-border trade and this is only expected to grow.
However, we lack a common African standard or guideline to enable cross-border trade and digital assets transfer across Africa and the diaspora. This is where ADAF comes in... Full Story
ITU to set standards for 5G next yearNaushad K. Cherrayil
–November 7, 2108 - The standard for Fifth Generation mobile technology (5G) will be set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) by the end of next year...ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said that the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), scheduled for October 2019 in Egypt, will fix the basic standards and the spectrum for 5G, with the whole package expected to be complete by 2020 for a service that will be available for the next 10 years... Full Story
UK COURT OF APPEAL UPHOLDS FRAND INJUNCTIONNatasha Nayak
–November 6, 2018 - Last week, the UK Court of Appeal upheld the findings of the High Court in an important case regarding standard essential patents (SEPs). Of particular significance, the Court of Appeal upheld the finding that the defendant, an implementer of SEPs, could have the sale of its products enjoined in the UK unless it enters into a global licensing deal on terms deemed by the court to be fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND). The case is noteworthy not least because the threat of an injunction of this sort has become increasingly rare in other jurisdictions, arguably resulting in an imbalance in bargaining power between patent holders and implementers.
The case concerned patents held by Unwired Planet (most of which had been purchased from Ericsson) that it had declared to be essential to the operation of various telecommunications standards. Chinese telecom giant Huawei had incorporated these patented technologies in its products but disputed the legitimacy of Unwired Planetâ€™s (UP) patents and refused to license them on the terms that were offered... Full Story
It's been a week since engineers approved a new DNS encryption standard and everyone is still yellingKieren McCarthy
–November 5, 2108 - Last week, amid some acrimony, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) formally adopted a new encryption standard for the internet naming systems.
But far from the approval of RFC 8484, better known as DNS-over-HTTPS or DoH, putting the issue to bed, it has stirred up a hornet's nest of upset among internet engineers that shows no signs of calming down.
Indeed, those for the DoH standard and those set against it appear to have become increasingly entrenched in their views, with disagreement spilling over into conferences and the tech press...
The dispute has drawn in respected engineers from across the globe â€“ many of them arguing in public over DoH and in many cases, their preferred alternative, DoT â€“ DNS over TLS... Full Story
Former NSA head Adm. Michael Rogers, telling CNBC that there are few limits to the destruction that could be caused by a devastating cyberattack –November 2, 2108 - Full Story
The Open Source Revolution Is Over - the Revolutionaries WonMitch Wagner
–November 2, 2108 - What happens when the revolutionaries win? After they've stormed the castle, tried on the king's clothes, slept in his bed and drunk the royal wine, then what?
They have to figure out how to actually run things.
...Open source is now a mainstream way of working, for both communications service providers and enterprises.
How did we get here, and where do we go from here?... Full Story
A Lack of 'Big Data' Open Standards Is Undermining Industry 4.0 AmbitionsAdam Byrne
–November 1, 2108 - ...It is predicted that industrial digitization will lead to a shift in production and the creation of a digital industrial supply chain where products are developed, manufactured, and monitored in real-time through a single, integrated process. However, to achieve this, Industry 4.0 will require a revolution in industrial communications to create continuously 'live' data sharing capabilities between machines. This will enable vital data, from sensor measurements to control signals, to be continuously exchanged in real-time so that all critical industrial machinery, from robots to 3D printers, can be instantly accessed and controlled remotely by humans...There are also plans to radically decentralise manufacturing through an 'Internet of Thinking' - based on a 'DIY' sensor network that can autonomously analyze information, rather than sending it for remote analysis. This will mean that if an industrial robot notices its own equipment malfunctioning, it will be able to recognise what it needs to do and self-correct any faults...However, there are currently no open standards for industrial remote communication that allows machines from any vendor to share live data and enable remote human intervention across all manufacturing equipment and components... Full Story