So it's that time of year when we look back over the past 12 months and try to distill the significance of the thousands of news items we've written into a simple and meaningful message we can easily communicate. Green SupplyLine's attempt this year consists of assembling The 2008 Greenest Top 10 - a list of 10 articles written by the extended Green SupplyLine editorial team that have received the highest readership during the year.
Is there a simple message this list encapsulates? Not really, but it was a fun exercise nonetheless. The Greenest Top 10 includes a mix of business and technology articles, some how-to's and even a blog written last week by yours truly coming in at number 10.
It you focus on the top three stories, however, it's clear that our readers are most interested in new innovations and new developments that could have major social and business implications. Take the top story, MIT claims 24/7 solar power, written by Colin Johnson. This article received over 135,000 hits when it appeared on the last day of July. Many of us are supposed to be on vacation at the end of July, which makes the readership stats that much more significant.
Why the interest? Only because the MIT announcement could mean a revolutionary boost in the practicality of solar power because of an innovation in power storage capabilities.
This story is what I like about the Clean Tech world and the role that Green SupplyLine plays. It's like the semiconductor world back in the 1970s and 80s, when innovations launched companies and new businesses. We are on the cusp of a similar technology renaissance in Clean Tech today.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.