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Stress, Moore’s Law, and C


Nicholas Comfort, Bloomberg, Hardest Hit, Weakest Capital: European Stress Tests in Charts, here.

European banks are fighting to regain confidence as investors doubt their ability to lift profit and capital levels given the region’s dim growth prospects. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, the worst performer in tests, said on Friday that it will raise funds from shareholders to help tackle a mountain of bad debt. Other lenders, including Deutsche Bank AG, have faced speculation that they will also need fresh equity to meet stricter regulation and pay fines for past misconduct.

Joel Hruska, ExtremeTech, Moore’s law scaling dead by 2021, to be replaced by 3D integration, here.

Over the past few years, we’ve chronicled the transformation of Moore’s Law. Originally coined as a way to explain ongoing improvements in transistor scaling, Moore’s law has been redefined and extended to include long-term trends in semiconductor performance and the integration of new chip features. Now, the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) has released a new update on the future of semiconductor technology that states conventional 2D transistor density scaling will likely end by 2021 — to be replaced by new and different types of integration and scaling.


The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today announced the release of the 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS), a collaborative report that surveys the technological challenges and opportunities for the semiconductor industry through 2030. The ITRS seeks to identify future technical obstacles and shortfalls, so the industry and research community can collaborate effectively to overcome them and build the next generation of semiconductors – the enabling technology of modern electronics. The current report marks the final installment of the ITRS.

Stephen Cass, IEEE Spectrum, The 2016 Top Programming Languages, here . Can’t wait to see which Trading book picks up an FPGA supercomputer using Ladder Logic.

After two years in second place, C has finally edged out Java for the top spot. Staying in the top five, Python has swapped places with C++ to take the No. 3 position, and C# has fallen out of the top five to be replaced with R. R is following its momentum from previous years, as part of a positive trend in general for modern big-data languages that Diakopoulos analyses in more detail here.

Google and Apple are also making their presence felt, with Google’s Go just beating out Apple’s Swift for inclusion in the Top Ten. Still, Swift’s rise is impressive, as it’s jumped five positions to 11th place since last year, when it first entered the rankings. Several other languages also debuted last year, a marked difference from this year, with no new languages entering the rankings.






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