PCIe latency is critical, but so is software latency. Fully leveraging the speed of flash and other memories is going to require very aggressive efforts to reduce or eliminate software interactions. A group at UCSD has been doing work in that direction by moving some file system functions into hardware. The paper describing their work is here: http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/users/swanson/papers/Asplos2012MonetaD.pdf
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.