Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson is senior business development manager for High Performance Embedded Computing at GE's Intelligent Platforms business. He first started working on High Performance Embedded Computing systems when a 1 MFLOP machine was enough to give him a hernia while carrying it from the parking lot to a customer’s lab. He is now very happy to have 27,000 times more compute power in his phone, which weighs considerably less.

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Don't Reinvent the GUI Wheel

When I first saw a demo of our new Data Visualization & Control (DVC) Toolkit I thought: “Boy, do I wish I had this back when I was a coding hack.” More years ago than I care to think about, and certainly more than I’m willing to admit, I frequently came across the problem of validating my latest algorithm on real data. Like many others, my usual answer was to add software test harnesses to read in data from a disk file to simulate the input...


HPEC Applications

What's Changed in HPEC? Part Two

In my previous post about what’s happened in the three years since we opened our HPEC Center of Excellence in Billerica, MA, I looked at where we are in terms of applications and architectures. This time, I’ll be looking briefly at the implications of Intel’s Broadwell announcement (“briefly," because I discussed it in more detail in a previous post ) and at what’s going on in the world of keeping all this stuff cool. So: Intel’s new Broadwell...


HPEC Center of Excellence

What's Changed in HPEC? Part One

Sometimes, it seems like our HPEC Center of Excellence opened yesterday—when in fact it opened its doors in May 2012. That’s over three years that we’ve been helping customers solve some of the toughest problems they face in developing sophisticated applications. Needless to say, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the HPEC landscape during that time. Of course we have many more cores to play with than we did back then. We’re seeing clusters of...


Intel Broadwell

Broadwell: Clarity from Confusion

The other day a colleague said to me, “I’m confused by all these Intel Broadwell devices—can you explain?” I did…but, on reflection, I did a poor job. That’s perhaps not surprising when you look at the sheer number of SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) Intel has announced, and you can be sure there are more to come. To date, they have officially announced no fewer than 48 parts, all with different characteristics. Broadwell was the codename for the...


Quantum Computing

What's Next for Signal Processing? Part 2

In the first part of this post , I looked at where computing is headed with more cores, wider bandwidth and special application engines. That’s what we can see today. But the future is not necessarily a straight line… The real interesting stuff lies further out in time and, for now at least, on the fringes of technology. These are the devices that will use fundamentally different approaches to solving computational problems—the “DARPA-hard”...


Signal Processing

What's Next for Signal Processing? Part 1

The other day, I was swapping emails with one of my colleagues on a variety of subjects. After a small foray into a discussion of 1980s British sitcoms, he asked me: “So—what are future signal processing systems going to look like?” Aside from the apparent strangeness of the juxtaposition of the subjects (not quite so odd, really, but not relevant here; I’ll explain if you care to ask), when I thought about it, it is an interesting question—...



HPEC: 5 Ways the Boundaries Will Blur in 2015

I’ve been around the computer industry way too long. But I still get excited about embedded computing—and where I am at present, helping drive our HPEC initiative, there’s plenty of reasons to get excited because we keep being able to do so much more than, once upon a time, we could ever dream of. 2015 will see the familiar landscape of HPEC stretch, flex and grab some serious attention. Here’s what I see happening: GPGPUs blur the CPU/GPU...