At the other end of the extreme, cloud computing gained steam. A dozen or so mega data centers from companies such as Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Google commanded an increasing share of business and an outsized portion of the innovation in severs, switching and storage.
The big back end systems were at the receiving end of the growth in mobile and Internet data of all types. They fueled the flood with their own social networks and Instagrams. In presentation after presentation, industry observers pointed to a rising data deluge.
Facebook courted the open source movement, flinging open its doors to show the world exactly what sorts of systems it wants to buy. In reaction, Google cracked its doors slightly, but most mega data centers continued to work under the cover of NDAs as they sorted out their road maps.
Hate self promotion, but I would like to mention that shifts like ARM a winner in smartphone silicon and mobile cloud becoming a major trend were anticipated in my book "Smartphone" published in December 2011. It also provided details of how Windows world is changing in the post-PC era.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.