Open source software landed more than thirty years ago, but over the past few years we have seen a tremendous growth in the open source software community, taking a stronger hold in the market in comparison to proprietary software (closed source software). Indeed, before proprietary software was a clear leader. However, the tendency is changing, as more and more CIO’s and CTO’s are moving towards open source. During 2018 we have seen many of the world’s top software companies recognize this phenomenon and have directly acquired various major open source companies. Some of the acquisitions announced last year were huge and were even placed in the top ten acquisitions ever made in the technology sector.
3D printing, also known as direct digital manufacturing or additive manufacturing, has come to revolutionize every sector of industry; at the design level, building prototypes and even serial production, producing fully functional parts for the most demanding of applications quickly, cheaply and accurately.
Multiprocessing is the use, within the same system, of several CPUs that share resources among them. There are many kinds of multiprocessing systems and they vary according to different aspects. Their type will first depend on the location of the CPUs (i.e., whether they are on the same die, chip or on the same board).
It is well known that, ever since they first appeared in the 80s, PCs have CPUs with Intel architecture. The fact that there are many systems based on PCs is also common knowledge. However, the general public may be unaware of the features of embedded systems around us (such as cell phones, tablets, vehicles, appliances…).