In a recent interview with T&M World's contributing editor Larry Maloney, John Monahan president of RT Logic described his companies communications-test and signal-monitoring technologies. He explained that in test equipment for demanding aerospace applications performance is essential. You must be able to absolutely trust that a piece of test equipment will give you accurate stimulus and measurement for the unit under test. Flexibility is also a key attribute. Test equipment can be expensive, and engineers want to use it from project to project, which is why RT Logic creates modular instruments that engineers can reconfigure easily. Modularity allows you to reduce costs at the outset and add to the system over time.
Monahan is also a former NASA flight controller and explained what he sees as NASA's priorities in the post-Shuttle era. "NASA will need to have a cost-effective way of supporting the International Space Station without the Shuttle. Moving forward, we must continue to maintain an astronaut corps and the cadre of specialists who support the space station," said Monahan.
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.