By Larry Wake -Oracle on Apr 25, 2014
"Meat printing" may be one of the most awesome phrases of the 21st century so far, and now there's an icon to go with it.
If you haven't been following emerging trends of the near future, don't worry; a group called HYPERMORGEN has you covered. As part of their "NounProject," they've come up with a set of simple icons to visualize trends such as the aforementioned meat printing, as well as "slime mold computing", "autonomous cars", and many others. They've produced some very clever images...
...but this is a blog about Oracle Solaris news, after all, so in order to stay at least nominally on topic, I'm limiting myself to meat printing. (Sorry, slime mold computing fans!)
Briefly put, "meat printing" is about printing... meat. Simple, no? It's also known as "3-D bioprinting," and there's actually a lot more to it, of course, but it all really comes down to the fact that you're using computers to help generate lunch. And if you're like me, you may feel this also generates... issues.
What you need here, clearly, is the best platform to keep everything kosher, as it were. So, I started working on a listicle:
11.2 Ways Oracle Solaris 11.2 Can Improve Meat Printing
1. Reduce Human Error. Studies have shown that this is the number-one cause of downtime; we certainly don't want it to get in the way of supper. With Oracle Solaris we've done a lot of work to simplify tasks and commands, which significantly reduces opportunities for errors.
You know what a pain file loss can be. We also want to eliminate filet loss.
2. Data Corruption Protection. Bit rot is bad enough when it doesn't involve actual food. "19 nines" datapath protection is critical, in the data center or on the dinner table.
3. Security. Do you really want someone hacking your meat printer? Didn't think so.
5. Comprehensive Open-Source Utilities. In Oracle Solaris 11, we've made sure that the administration tools that you're familiar with are at your fingertips, such as the CUPS printing facility.
In the future, all UNIX/Linux platforms will need to step things up to support 3-D entrée bioprinting, with the pioneering new PLATES technology...
...well, you can see where this was going.
In a previous post, I mentioned that for those of you who won't be able to join us in New York City, and are registering for the webcast instead, we unfortunately can't serve you web-based lunch. But our time will come; our time will come.
But my point, as far as I can remember, is that we've done some very cool things in Oracle Solaris already, and we think Tuesday's lunch, er, launch will show how we're continuing to accelerate the pace of innovation. Cloud-based meat computing: dare we dream?
Webcast: Announcing Oracle Solaris 11.2
Tuesday April 29, 2014
1 PM (ET) / 10:00am (PT)