Mike Hoskins, by his own account, has been starting and running software companies for nearly 35 years. The chief technical officer of Pervasive Software, an Austin, Texas, provider of data management and analytics products, Hoskins has lived through several technology eras -- including the big iron, enterprise-focused 1970s, the rise of software tycoons in the 80s, and the Internet boom of the 90s.
So what's next? An era that Hoskins calls the "age of data ubiquity," one in which a new generation of nimble, data-centric apps exploit massive data sets generated by both enterprises and consumers.
We've been hearing about the "Internet of Things", "ubiquitous computing", and "data ubiquity" in an era of "bag data" for a long time. What we need now is for all the pieces to come together in a user friendly form. Remote controls are multiplying as quickly as the new application ideas. When automated lights don't require a user manual, we're making progress. Otherwise we're just adding to the technology overhead.
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.