Article: The energy ecosystem should move to make the ‘energy internet’ a reality

Energy, Innovation, Open Provisioning, Open Space

The energy ecosystem should move to make the ‘energy internet’ a reality

As vice president of Innovation at National Grid Partners, I’m responsible for developing initiatives that not only benefit National Grid’s current business but also have the potential to become stand-alone businesses. So I obviously have strong views about the future of the energy industry.

But I don’t have a crystal ball; no one does. To be a good steward of our innovation portfolio, my job isn’t to guess what the right “basket” is for our “eggs.” It’s to optimally allocate our finite eggs across multiple baskets with the greatest collective upside.

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Article: Chip maker Innovium certifies white-box switches on open-source SONiC to disrupt networking industry

Circuits, Hardware, Open Infrastructure, Open Manufacturing

Chip maker Innovium certifies white-box switches on open-source SONiC to disrupt networking industry

The open-source SONiC software will bring the same benefits of reduced total cost of ownership in networking as happened in white-box servers, Innovium claims. Networking equipment from Cisco Systems, Arista Networks, and Juniper Networks and others runs on operating system software owned and built by those vendors. Some parties think that needs to change.

Tuesday morning, Innovium, a vendor to Cisco and others of switching chips, announced it with partners in the original device maker, or ODM, field, it is testing and certifying network switches built on its chips and the open-source SONiC operating systems, a network operating system developed by Microsoft and the Open Compute Project and licensed under a mix of the GNU GPL and the Apache License.

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Article: Open source, programmability and as-a-service to play a big role in future networks

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Open source, programmability and as-a-service to play a big role in future networks

As networks rely more on software, industry experts expect open-source to play a role in Layer2 and 3 functionality, and that data-centers will rely more on cloud-like services.

Networks of the not-to-distant future could feature many more open-source software components, advanced programmability, and be delivered as-a-service, according to experts speaking at the Future:Net 2021 symposium. Attendees of the virtual event heard predictions from vendors such as Cisco, Google, and Microsoft as well as academics and analyst firms such as Gartner and 451 Research.

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Article: A City Is Not a Computer

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

A City Is Not a Computer

“What should a city optimize for?” Even in the age of peak Silicon Valley, that’s a hard question to take seriously. (Hecklers on Twitter had a few ideas, like “fish tacos” and “pez dispensers.”) 1 Look past the sarcasm, though, and you’ll find an ideology on the rise. The question was posed last summer by Y Combinator — the formidable tech accelerator that has hatched a thousand startups, from AirBnB and Dropbox to robotic greenhouses and wine-by-the-glass delivery — as the entrepreneurs announced a new research agenda: building cities from scratch. Wired’s verdict: “Not Actually Crazy.” 

Which is not to say wise. For every reasonable question Y Combinator asked — “How can cities help more of their residents be happy and reach their potential?” — there was a preposterous one: “How should we measure the effectiveness of a city (what are its KPIs)?”

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Article: Open Source Software Needs a Micro-Payment Program

Money, Open Governance, Open Source

Open Source Software Needs a Micro-Payment Program

Open source software is an excellent idea, because it allows programmers across the globe to share and contribute to the same project.  It also creates a think tank like environment that can be applied (arguably) to any tech field.  There is a downside to open source and creative commons software and that is it not a sustainable model.  Open Source Everything For The 21st Century discusses the issue in their post about “Robert Steele: Should Open Source Code Have A PayPal Address & AON Sliding Scale Rate Sheet?”

The post explains that open source delivers an unclear message about how code is generated, it comes from the greater whole rather than a few people.  It also is not sustainable, because people do need funds to survive as well as maintain the open source software.  Fair Source is a reasonable solution: users are charged if the software is used at a company with fifteen or more employees, but it too is not sustainable.

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Article: Linux Foundation blockchain forum: Digital Asset, IBM, Credits and London Stock Exchange on board

Money, Open Governance

Linux Foundation blockchain forum: Digital Asset, IBM, Credits and London Stock Exchange on board

The project will develop an enterprise grade, open source distributed ledger framework and free developers to focus on building robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware systems to support business transactions, said a statement.

IBM plans to donate tens of thousands of lines of its existing codebase and its corresponding intellectual property to the open source community. And Digital Asset will contribute the Hyperledger name to the project, which will be used for future branding of this effort.

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