I've been slogging through a 3 foot high pile of clippings and articles I've collected the past several months, all randomly encountered factoids on various of the systems under study for the Handbook.
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On a completely unrelated topic (I told you these were randomly encountered; this is sort of a meta-archeological dig I'm conducting), while most of you reading this are likely engaged in enterprise systems, there's a whole world out there beyond servers and such, as for example in the area of medical electronics. I've met some teams who build such devices (thank you!) and recently encountered a computed tomography system from Siemens. The physics for these devices are well-understood, and while there continue to be hardware advances in terms of resolution and performanance, the biggest focus in this space is the operational software; labs typically buy a machine (a million or so a pop) but then enter into a stream of software upgrades over the years, adding various features and improving visualization. I honestly know nothing about the software architecture of such devices - which is why it's in my list for the Handbook (I write books in order to learn, and there's soooo much that I don't know).
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