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  • (a) “Meltdown and Spectre: Vulnerabilities in modern computers leak passwords and sensitive data.”: https://meltdownattack.com

    (b) “Foreshadow: Breaking the Virtual Memory Abstraction with Transient Out-of-Order Execution”: https://foreshadowattack.eu

    (c) “Foreshadow and Intel SGX software attestation: ‘The whole trust model collapses' : El Reg talks to Dr Yuval Yarom about Intel's memory leaking catastrophe” by Richard Chirgwin, published on 15 August 2018: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/15/foreshadow_sgx_software_attestations_collateral_damage

  • “Spectre and Meltdown in Hardware: Intel Clarifies Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake” by Ian Cutress, published on 30 August 2018: https://www.anandtech.com/show/13301/spectre-and-meltdown-in-hardware-intel-clarifies-whiskey-lake-and-amber-lake

  • “The Performance Cost Of Spectre / Meltdown / Foreshadow Mitigations On Linux 4.19” by Michael Larabel, published on 30 August 2018: https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=linux-419-mitigations&num=1

  • “Designing Hardware For Security: Most attacks in the past focused on gaining access to software, but Meltdown and Spectre have changed that forever.” by Ed Sperling and Kevin Fogarty, published on 9 May 2018: https://semiengineering.com/designing-hardware-for-security/

  • “Solving Spectre and Meltdown may ultimately require an entirely new type of processor: Are Meltdown and Spectre too fundamental to patch? One expert suggests they may be.” by Mark Hachman, published on 21 August 2018: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3299477/components-processors/solving-spectre-and-meltdown-may-ultimately-require-an-entirely-new-type-of-processor.html

  • (a) “Linux Kernel Developer Criticizes Intel for Meltdown, Spectre Response” by Sean Michael Kerner, published on 30 August 2018: http://www.eweek.com/security/linux-kernel-developer-criticizes-intel-for-meltdown-spectre-response

    (b) “Linus Torvalds talks frankly about Intel security bugs: Linus Torvalds thinks Intel has gotten better about keeping the Linux open-source community in the loop with CPU security problems, but it started out really badly. And it's still not fair that Linux has to fix hardware problems.” by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, published on 2 September 2018: https://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-talks-frankly-about-intel-security-bugs/

  • “Why Intel x86 must die: Our cloud-centric future depends on open source chips : Perhaps the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are the impetus for making long-overdue changes to the core DNA of the semiconductor industry and how chip architectures are designed.” by Jason Perlow, published on 18 January 2018: https://www.zdnet.com/article/why-intel-x86-must-die-our-cloud-centric-future-depends-on-open-source-chips-meltdown/

  • SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture)

    (a) “Father of the chips steering Europe's space missions” by European Space Agency (ESA), published on 6 December 2017 — Jiri Gaisler is featured: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering_Technology/Father_of_the_chips_steering_Europe_s_space_missions

    (b) “A Portable and Fault-Tolerant Microprocessor Based on the SPARC V8 Architecture” by Jiri Gaisler, published in 2002: https://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~rliou92/files/SPARC_V8.pdf or https://www.gaisler.com/doc/dsn2002-3.pdf

    See also: https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=738407

    (c) https://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/8ashen/international_space_station_software_development/dx14w2x

  • (a) “Cray Q2 Supercomputer at Minnesota Supercomputer Center (1986)”: http://www.digibarn.com/collections/systems/crays/cray-q2/crayq2-minnesota-1986.html

    (b) “Data Center” in Plano, Texas, United States of America (USA), photographed by Stan Dorsett: https://www.flickr.com/photos/standorsett/2402296514/sizes/o/

    Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/standorsett/2402296514

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