Gonna say this one time.
I don’t post this stuff because I am looking for someone to tell me there’s not a scholarly article, or a deeper dive. I post it because of trends I have seen in the reporting of day to day events, and emerging threats.
I didn’t get here on scholarly articles on emerging threats
As this one gets closer to being truly weaponized… You need to know that SPECTRE and Meltdown cannot be patched..
@thegibson we have to tools to solve these problems, but I’ve had little luck convincing anyone with the resources to get it done that it’s real.
These two are just the beginning, and as long as we rely on static logic we’ll have computers that can’t be fixed.
I wrote a (weirdly patriotic?) post about using FPGA to solve this and many other systemic vulnerabilities our computers have, but I’m not sure how to push it forward.
@sjb @requiem @thegibson That works for some workloads. Consider GPUs for example. However, for other workloads not so much. A more general approach would be a fleet of small processors interacting with each other over communications links each with their own private memory. This cellular approach to computing is something that was envisioned back in the days of SmallTalk, but never fully realized. The GreenArrays GA144 chip is probably the next incarnation of the idea, but it's application domain appears to be limited to deep embedded to applications.
I don't claim to know a general purpose solution to this extremely general purpose problem. However knowing the true reasons why it exists in the first place is critical in knowing how to mitigate it, at least for specific domains.
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