Had a great time on Wednesday on a panel at the “Defense 2.0” conference, at the Arlington Ritz-Carlton. I believe I learned as much from my fellow panelists from Cisco, IBM and so forth – about the importance of information security and assurance – as any conference in recent memory. The story in Government Computer News (“Defense 2.0 a Work in Progress“) captures the views of most of the speakers.
I had a gentle and gentlemanly disagreement with the keynote speaker, Mike Nelson. Mike has a distinguished career, working with Internet-inventor Al Gore while he was VP, and later Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM. I offered that he was perhaps slightly overly enamored of the “rush to the Cloud” school of thinking. I’ve written about that school of thought before, and the balance of where computing power is likely to reside in future, given Moore’s Law for the foreseeable future. The GCN quotes capture my thinking in short form: there’ll be the cloud, along with increasingly powerful computing in local form factors (some desktops, more laptops, handhelds, mobiles, and embedded-computing forms of all sorts).
If you’d like to see where some of our research is heading, check out this RFP description (awards were two months ago) for “Safe and Scalable Multicore Computing,” a set of Microsoft Research three-year projects just beginning. As it points out, “The emergence of multicore/manycore architectures and the expected rapid growth in the number of cores per chip is changing the landscape of computing,” and parallel architectures are really still emerging – huge growth field.
Multicore: This is the one which will have the biggest impact on us. We have never had a problem to solve like this. A breakthrough is needed in how applications are done on multicore devices.” – Bill Gates
“It’s time we rethought some of the basics of computing. It’s scary and lots of fun at the same time.” – Burton Smith
Oh – one amusing typo from the GCN story: when it gets down to my remarks, just before I got in my inevitable plug for semantic computing, I was speaking about “manycore and multicore processors,” but perhaps because I was talking about their powering small devices or being embedded to drive services, it came out as “mini-core.”
Okay, wow, maybe that’s a geek view of an amusing typo…. Won’t see it on Jay Leno I suspect 🙂
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