Industrial PCs

A red laser creates nonlinear effects with tiny triangles of gold. The blue beam shows the frequency-doubled light and the green beam controls the hot-electron migration. Courtesy: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech
Industrial PCs January 18, 2020

Laser pulse creates frequency doubling in amorphous dielectric material

Georgia Tech researchers have demonstrated an all-optical technique for creating second-order nonlinear effects in materials that aren't normally supported, which could improve optical computers and high-speed data processors.

By John Toon
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Industrial PCs January 16, 2020

Machine-learning tool predicts code’s speed on computer chips

MIT researchers have invented a machine-learning tool called Ithemal, which predicts how fast computer chips will execute code from various applications.  

By Rob Matheson
Georgia Tech has announced an agreement to join the IBM Q Hub at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to advance the fundamental research and use of quantum computing. Courtesy: IBM/Georgia Tech
Industrial PCs January 14, 2020

University to collaborate on developing software stacks for quantum computers

The Georgia Institute of Technology announced its agreement to join the IBM Q Hub at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to help advance quantum computing research.

By John Toon
Many-core principles even extend to DIN rail-mountable machine controllers, such as this Beckhoff CX2042 Embedded PC. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Industrial PCs January 13, 2020

Many-core technology fills in the blanks for advanced machine control

Cover Story: As machines incorporate more complex components and software, many-core industrial PCs (IPCs) offer the processing and core isolation capabilities to realize smart factory and Industry 4.0 concepts. How many cores do certain applications need?

By Eric Reiner
Figure 3: Realizing the benefit of providing an easy upgrade path, Emerson designed the latest RX3i platform to have the same footprint as existing 90-30 systems and accept both legacy and new I/O modules. Courtesy: Emerson
PLCs, PACs January 7, 2020

Modern controllers ease upgrades

Legacy industrial automation systems must eventually be ripped and replaced or upgraded. See four challenges and five benefits of upgrades using modern controllers.

By Vibhoosh Gupta
Figure 3: Using secure shell (SSH) access on a Opto 22 groov EPIC, users can install enterprise-class database systems, and a wide variety of other applications, on their factory controller. Courtesy: Opto 22
PLCs, PACs January 6, 2020

Smart factory controllers bring security and connectivity

Powerful edge controllers are replacing PCs on the factory floor and going where PCs can’t, providing a variety of “apps” for every task.

By Josh Eastburn
New “computer clusters” in the Clarkson University Data Center, Monday, December 9, 2019. The National Science Foundation recently awarded $400,000 to Clarkson University to construct a new high-performance computing cluster to support data and computationally intensive projects. Courtesy: Steve Jacobs, Clarkson University
Industrial PCs December 19, 2019

University receives grant to construct high-performance computing cluster

Clarkson University received an NSF grant to construct a new high-performance computing cluster to support data and computationally intensive projects.

By Clarkson University
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Industrial PCs November 18, 2019

Awards given for high-performance computing programs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces a $3.6 million investment in high-performance computing to help address key challenges in U.S. manufacturing, material, and mobility development.

By Department of Energy
For controls technology innovators, IT/OT convergence was happening for decades before the IIoT and Industry 4.0 conversations that often draw attention to the concept today. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 12, 2019

IT/OT convergence provides a path forward

Long before Industry 4.0 and cloud-connected architectures became possible, innovators championed PC-based technologies for industrial automation.

By Daymon Thompson
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 3, 2019

Poised to go all-in on edge

Edge computing is a mesh network of micro-data centers that process or store critical data locally while also working in concert with a central data center or cloud-storage repository.

By Kevin Parker