Thursday, January 3, 2013

A new year, a new blog entry and a couple of white papers

It looks like the Mayan predictions for the end of the world didn't come to pass, although the jury is still out on the Fiscal Cliff correlative of the Mayan-predicted apocalypse. 

That being said, I wanted to highlight a couple of white papers. The first white paper is "Open Platforms and the impacts of security technologies, initiatives, and deployment practices," a joint Cisco and Intel white paper.   Bill Jacobs, my Cisco co-author, and I came up with idea for this paper when we met at the September 2012 Intel Developer Forum. After discussing the large set of security technologies in the industry, we agreed on the need for some higher level review of a subset of these technologies and how they were related. Thus was born the white paper which can be found on the sharing page of, namely

The next white paper was posted in the last twenty-four hours.  This paper was written with my Intel colleague Palsamy Sakthikumar.  The paper "A Tour beyond BIOS Implementing the ACPI Platform Error Interface with the Unified Extensible Firmware" can be found on the same website at the location The paper demonstrates the usage of firmware standards like UEFI and ACPI to deploy a significant platform capability for the enterprise. Palsamy and I talked about creating the paper for a couple of years so I am happy to see it finally come to fruition.

Regrettably, today is Palsamy's last day at Intel. I wish him the best in his travels.

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