Patrick Nelson

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Patrick Nelson was editor and publisher of the music industry trade publication Producer Report and has written for a number of technology blogs. Nelson wrote the cult-classic novel Sprawlism.

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Data center liquid-cooling to gain momentum

Reimagining-the-Internet project gets funding

Reimagining-the-Internet project gets funding

A National Science Foundation-financed Internet replacement testbed project lays out its initial plans.

How a simpler mmWave architecture can connect IoT

How a simpler mmWave architecture can connect IoT

Upcoming 5G millimeter wave frequencies are being bandied as a good, solid network for IoT. But some say they may be too elaborate. A stripped-down version of millimeter wave technology may be the solution.

Space internet service closer to becoming reality

Space internet service closer to becoming reality

New, low-latency space internet service offerings from OneWeb and SpaceX are closer to becoming reality.

How 6G will work: Terahertz-to-fiber conversion

How 6G will work: Terahertz-to-fiber conversion

For 6G wireless to become a reality, it must overcome a few technical hurdles, such as connecting terahertz spectrum to hard, optical transmission lines. Researchers say they have solved the problem.

Data center cooling: Electricity-free system sends excess building heat into space

Data center cooling: Electricity-free system sends excess building heat into space

A polymer and aluminum film solar shelter that transmits heat into space without using electricity could drastically cut data center cooling costs.

Data center-specific AI completes tasks twice as fast

Data center-specific AI completes tasks twice as fast

Researchers at MIT have developed an artificial intelligence-powered system based on reinforcement learning that could revolutionize data center operations.

Breakthroughs bring a quantum Internet closer

Breakthroughs bring a quantum Internet closer

Universities around the world are making discoveries that advance technologies needed to underpin quantum computing.

Powering edge data centers: Blue energy might be the perfect solution

Powering edge data centers: Blue energy might be the perfect solution

Blue energy, created by mixing seawater and fresh water, could be the perfect solution for providing cheap and eco-friendly power to edge data centers.

A data-transmission revolution is underway

A data-transmission revolution is underway

Two radical data transmission ideas are being developed. One uses trions instead of electrons to transmit information, and the other replaces the silicon in semiconductors with other compounds.

Self-organizing micro robots may soon swarm the industrial IoT

Self-organizing micro robots may soon swarm the industrial IoT

Masses of ant-like, self-organizing, microbots could soon perform tasks such as push objects in factories, swarm industrial production-line trouble-spots, and report environmental data.

Data centers may soon recycle heat into electricity

Data centers may soon recycle heat into electricity

Rice University researchers are developing a system that converts waste heat into light and then that light into electricity, which could help data centers reduce computing costs.

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