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Malicious Silicon BMC & Service Processor Risk Mitigation

Some projects are asking what Collaborative Research is doing about Malicious Silicon BMC & Service Processor Risk Mitigation.

Our private systems use motherboards sourced from Sun Micrososystems, Hahnspring (HP) ASUS (Taiwan) and SuperMicro.

Our engineering folks have taken our Supermicro based systems offline for a physical check of Malicious Silicon. We don’t expect to find anything but if we do we will report what we find to UK and EU authorities in the normal way.

We are also checking other vendor SP’s and BMC’s but over the remainder of H2 2018.

Internal SuperCloud progress

Just an update for extended collaborators.

All is going more or less to plan but we are re-writing some existing code at a low level (lower than C++) to get interconnects work as intended.

A decision was made to keep our SuperCloud systems off the net which is a shame but we cannot risk development being compromised.

The re-write workload is far greater than anticipated so it is highly likely the work will extend in to H1 2019.

New SuperCloud at Collaborative Research in H2 2018

We have completed a new SuperCloud design for use at Collaborative Research in H2 2018. The term SuperCloud designates custom HPC infrastructure for hosting AI installations. The HPC aspect is optimised for algorithms and is a computer grid system.

Infrastructure build work starts in August 2018. The SuperCloud will be privately hosted at Collaborative Research in the UK and later in the EU (currently scheduled for Q2 2019)

During 2018 the SuperCloud will only be used by the Collaborative Intelligence team.

Pardon our dust!

We are making some engineering changes and are having some fun and games with our UK ISP endpoints. Our apologies for any offnet sessions.

We have identified the point of failure and we are working with our UK ISP to resolve the issue.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Services running normally during the week. We may test on Sundays when services could be interrupted.

Collaborative Research Institute NEODE

At the Collaborative Research Institute UK base work completed today on our eighth generation of digital workforce entities. These entities operate internally as our Collaborative Intelligence team alongside humans.

Effective 22.4.2018 our eighth generation of digital workforce entities will be classed with our new term of NEODEs.

Note that we consider NEODE (or new digital entity) to be a trademark/servicemark at present of the Collaborative Research Institute operating out of the UK and Europe. The NEODE work is the 2018 IPR of Gordon Jeffrey in the UK and Europe.

2017 GDPR Information Audit

Our 2017 GDPR Audit was completed for January 2018 and helped us revise our information policy.
The EU GDPR outlines that data controllers in organisations who may use personal data shall not retain personal data for any longer than necessary. The EU GDPR gives a data subject the right to require the erasure of their personal data as “the right to be forgotten”).

Collaborator microservices development effective 6.4.2018

Now we are in Q2 of 2018 we have a revised policy for collaborators developing in microservices effective 6.4.2018

Authorised projects can use the AlphaLab and BetaLab for development. However production and pre-production services must be cloud based from April 2018 cannot be hosted by us under our revised policy.

We recommend the major vendors for this e.g. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google. There are other providers too of course.

CR field developers can contact Zoe at the CRI for more details.

Microservices development to production suspended: Spectre & Meltdown

CR developers are advised that effective today all microservices developments to production are suspended. This suspension is planned from today to 31.3.2018 when a decision will be taken on mitigation maturity. We apologise to development streams who may be impacted. AlphaLab and BetaLab work is unaffected but systems scheduled for production will be delayed for the foreseeable period in Q1 2018.

This suspension action is to mitigate Spectre & Meltdown risks to CR production 'systems'. SPARC based grid systems are being reviewed as a special case.

A decade of the Collaborative Research Foundation

Today marks a decade of the Collaborative Research Foundation set up by Gordon Jeffrey in December 2007.

We wish to thank those around the Earth who have contributed knowledge so far and remember those who have passed on from our planet but left us with their unique input and insight and those who we are no longer in touch with who helped us along the way.

A person of note we remember today is Mr Jonathan Eccles for his work with us on Computer Abstraction prior to his passing.

CRF Technology

We have never said much about the technology we use. Here is a short digest to answer that call. We don't cover much about our invisible technology here though (meaning software development methods).

We can say we use a wide range of open source and COTS software to develop and maintain our systems and many common programming languages including Prolog. Some of our code dates back to 1998!

What Technology does the CRF use?

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