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The Matrix protocol for the promotion of decentralized communication doubles its size in 2022

The matrix protocol lives its golden age. In 2022, this Apache-licensed open source venture has managed to double its size from the previous year. A fact that shows the rise of the Matrix as an option for decentralized communication and with the radical-to-radical encryption of the Olm and Megolm standard.

The Matrix is ​​famous for being one of the most common servers for communicating online. An open standard for real-time communication that allows us to communicate through different types of service providers. An open instant messaging protocol that also allows us to communicate via voice over IP (VoIP) and video chat.

At a technical level, provides HTTP APIs and open source reference implementations for securely distributing messages in JSON format about an open federation of servers. It can also be integrated with standard web services via WebRTC, thus facilitating browser-to-browser applications.

One of the claims of this venture is to “build bridges” with the most popular communication interfaces such as Telegram, Discord, WhatsApp, Facebook or Signal. And according to the data, she seems to be more than achieving her goal. In fact, according to one of its creators, Matthew Hodgson, the network has gone from having 44.1 million perceivable identifiers to 80.3 million.

The rise of Matrix has been helped, of course, by different projects such as the one promoted by the European Parliament itself and the Digital Markets Law, which demands that technology companies open their communication APIs to make interoperability easier: “The network is expanding exponentially. But in return, it turns out that the vast majority of these commercial deployments don’t contribute financially to the Matrix Foundation, either by donating directly or supporting indirectly by doing work with Element, which funds the vast majority of Matrix core progress today. », explains about about its financing and expansion.

This is how the Matrix works

The Matrix standard specifies HTTP RESTful APIs for the purpose of transmitting and replicating JSON data securely between Matrix-enabled clients, servers, and services. What clients do is send the data by putting it in a ‘room’ on their server, which then replicates the data to all Matrix servers participating in that ‘room’.

The subsequent files are signed using a git-style signature to mitigate tampering, while federated traffic is encrypted with HTTPS signed with each server’s private key to prevent forgery.

Parallel, replication has eventual consistency semanticsallowing servers to function even if they are offline or after data loss by resynchronizing missing history from other participating servers.

For his part, Olm’s library provides optional end-to-end encryption in each of those rooms by implementing a double ratchet algorithm. This can ensure that the idle conversation data is only readable by the participants in the room.

In this way, data transmitted by Matrix is ​​only visible as encrypted text to Matrix servers, and they can also only be decrypted by authorized room participants. The Olm and Megolm libraries were the subject of a cryptographic examination by the NCC Group, the findings of which are publicly available.


Banking and Public Administration drive the growth of Hitachi Vantara in Spain

In an environment of high economic uncertainty, Hitachi Vantara does the trick. Driven by the banking sector and especially this year by the public administration, the Spanish subsidiary of the Japanese multinational has closed its last fiscal year with a growth of 35% compared to the previous year.

“In a sector such as digital infrastructure in which growth is normally in a range of between 8-10%, growing by 35% is really impressive,” he stated. Valentin Pinuaga, CEO of Hitachi Vantara in Spain, commenting below that the company aspires to grow that 10% for next year’s financial year. Possible obstacles to meet that goal? An election year, which, as Pinuaga himself has recognized, could delay part of the planned investments in the public sector until the last quarter of 2023. On the other hand, and despite its good performance in the upper part of the market, the company has explained who expect the midsize have a new momentum for the new year (this year it has experienced a growth of 20%), as well as the development of “Everflex”, its pay-per-use program.

Looking ahead, the company has identified three strategic challenges and trends on which to focus its efforts. First of all, a hybrid cloud that all manufacturers “sigh” and of which, of course, Hitachi Vanatra does not want to give up its “part of the cake”, working for it with the main providers. The second challenge is to optimize resilience and trust in IT operations. The growing threat of cyberattacks, such as the ransomware, has led to the need for solutions that protect organizations and allow them to efficiently recover from these attacks. In this field, the company has boasted a “legendary” reliability due to its experience precisely in platforms as critical as banking.

The multinational has also highlighted how the sustainability and technological efficiency is going to play an increasingly important role in IT investment decisions. With the increase in electricity consumption by data centers around the world, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has become crucial and the company has set itself the goal of achieving emissions neutrality in its factories and offices by 2030, and throughout its value chain by 2050.

Finally, Valentin Pinuaga highlighted the good behavior of the distribution channel, pointing out that it currently represents a 90% of the company’s sales in Spain.

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Microsoft will invest in CoreWave to ensure that OpenAI will have the necessary infrastructure for AI

Microsoft has bet a good part of its future on advances in Artificial Intelligence. But not only for the company, but also so that OpenAI can advance research and development on models and related Technologys so that it can give you the AI ​​muscle you need. For this they have made a large direct investment in it, but also another very important indirect one: in the startup dedicated to the development of infrastructure for cloud computing CoreWave.

According to CNBC, Microsoft is going to invest several billion dollars in this company over several years. CoreWave, which is valued at about $2 billion and has recently closed a round of financing in which it has raised $200 million.

Among other things, it offers simplified access to Nvidia GPUs, which are considered to be the best on the market today for running Artificial Intelligence models. It is what would have led Redmond to the agreement, which ensures that OpenAI will have the computing power it needs from now on.

Currently, OpenAI depends on the Azure infrastructure. And in a framework in which the demand and supply of AI and Artificial Intelligence services will not stop creating and increasing, the demand for the infrastructure that allows you to run your workloads, train models and develop them, and create services with AI, it is going to grow exponentially in the coming years. Therefore, Microsoft needs to have as much access as it can to Nvidia’s GPUs.

He CoreWave CEO Michael Intratorhas not wanted to make statements about this agreement, although it has acknowledged that its income has multiplied more than notably only from 2022 to 2023. Precisely, due to this increase in demand for infrastructure for AI.

The financing announced a few days ago by the company, founded in 2017 and which has 160 employees, is an extension of its April round, in which it raised 221 million. In a previous one, Nvidia had invested 100 million dollars

CoreWave ensures on its website that can offer computing power at a price 80% lower than traditional cloud providers. Among other things, it offers Nvidia’s A100 GPUs, which are also offered by AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

Nvidia’s cheaper A40 GPUs, traditionally focused on visual computing, are also available. The A100 are designed for more demanding tasks, such as Artificial Intelligence, high-performance computing or data analytics. But for many cases, CoreWave recommends the A40, since “they do a good job with a good cost-effectiveness ratio«.

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What we expect from the Apple event

Everything is ready in Cupertino for the celebration of WWDC 2023, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference that will be held from June 5 to 9 and it will start with the traditional keynote in the pre-recorded online format used in the pandemic years.

The event with Apple developers is the most important of those that the company celebrates annually, even above the presentation of its flagship product, the new generations of iPhone that are usually announced in September. Apple takes care of developers like few other companies and it is not strange considering the multi-million dollar figures registered by the App Store.

In addition to development, the world leader in consumer Technologys by revenue and profit, always takes advantage of this conference to present the new versions of all your operating systems and also novelties in hardware, generally new Mac computers, although this year we will see a very special premiere.

What we expect from WWDC 2023

Apple jealously guards the information on the products to be presented, but, like other companies, it does not escape the numerous leaks that try to get ahead of the opening conference. The following is expected this year:

Apple XR – Reality Pro

He Apple mixed reality device, the great awaited to revitalize a type of VR / AR technology that has failed to meet the enormous expectations it had generated, will be the star of the event. It has been in development since at least 2015 and in these years the company has accumulated talent based on the purchase of several companies specialized in AR hardware, 3D games and virtual reality software, highlighting the purchase of PrimeSense that developed the sensor technology for Microsoft Kinect .

From what we know so far (always unofficial information) the development of this project is known internally as T288. The viewfinder would offer a 16K resolution (8K in each eye) and the device would be completely wireless. It would work independently of iPhones and any other device, and would have its own “xrOS” operating system. It is pointed out that it will be a device intended for a professional audience since its price will be quite high. Apple usually turns everything it develops into gold and they have revolutionized the industry with devices like the iPhone, iPad or the Watch, but this is an unknown terrain in which others have failed. There are doubts about its potential.

Mac Pro

The professional workstation Apple is another of the great expected for WWDC 2023. And it is that its launch should serve to complete the transition to the silicon program, a change in the hardware architecture for its entire line of Mac personal computers, for which in three years it would replace Intel’s x86 processors in favor of proprietary designs under the ARM-licensed RISC architecture.

The program has been a success so far, but it remains to be seen ARM’s capacity with Apple’s most powerful machines and whether Apple engineers have managed to create a chip capable of competing, in performance, with the Intel Xeon W that mounts the Current Mac Pro.

macbook air

January marked the 15th anniversary of the release of the MacBook Air. In this time, Apple has managed to make it one of the best-selling laptops and a reference when it comes to designing thin and light laptops. All the rumors suggest that we will see a new Air, the largest of those produced by Apple to date with a 15.5-inch diagonal screen.

Another point of interest of the new Air would be its main hardware engine. The current model was one of those updated with the M2 SoC, but the next one is already on the way. This is the Apple M3 which -according to information- is already being manufactured by the TSMC foundrie. From it we can expect more performance, less consumption and greater integration with its 3 nm.

Operating systems and software

Apple usually releases new versions of its operating systems at this conference, delivering the first builds to developers. The newest this year would be the ‘RealityOS‘ abbreviated as ‘xrOS’ and that Apple has registered to govern its mixed reality device.

The most important, however, will remain iOS 17, the next version of the operating system for iPhones and from which interesting news is expected. Most notably, iOS 17 will turn the iPhone’s lock screen interface into a connected home screen. It will include a diary app that will also be combined with the also rumored function for monitoring the emotional state of the user. It will also include major feature updates like Siri, Wallet, Find My, SharePlay, and AirPlay.

It will not be the only thing because new versions of the macOS for Mac computers; iPadOS for iPad tablets and watchOS for your wearables and the tvOS for streamers and multimedia content service.

Taking into account that this event is aimed at developers, we can also expect news for them, especially in the conversion tools existing mobile apps to Macs with Xcode, a solution that offers native compilers, editors, and debugging tools, as well as Rosetta 2 virtualization technology for developers to port existing iOS and iPadOS apps to new ARM Macs without modification .

WWDC 2023 Agenda

  • Host: Apple
  • When: From June 5 to 9, 2023
  • Where: Apple Park – Cupertino
  • Content: Keynote. Presentation of electronic product, software and services. Technical sessions with developers.
  • Web: Developer-Apple

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