Cloud based education is a in need in developing countries and sure in developed countries it has already reached mature model. Abu Dhabi is coming up as a new node for IT hub. THe Government is putting in all efforts to get the infrastructure ready. But there are hardly any hardware or software engineers there, may be this will initiate a new era there.
One thing I forgot to mentioin, is that SRC is now letting smaller companies sigh-up for just a part of there efforts-for instance, a startup can sign-up just for IoT support or its low-power efforts. This should be a real boon to companies that don't have the resources to become a regular member of SRC.
@elctrnx_lyf: This is probably great idea for tech geeks seeking out new things to design. I hope the things they put up on the cloud, if somebody makes an important discovery while working on the data available, they don't face legal trouble because a number of companies will be facilitating sensitive data, and they?ll be looking out to buy patents from anybody making discoveries using that data.
This step is a very nice initiative. In-fact semiconductor manufacturing is only a business of few giant corporate. If the spread of that is not made available to larger number of people or companies then this will be lead to a dead lock in worst conditions like natural calamities or world war. In developed countries the general scenario is of centralization of techniques/technologies, only china can make it available to larger number of instances. The way they have did it for the mobile phones. In US you can find only Apple and Asus, where as in china you will be able to find so many manufacturers.
Electronics could reach beyond one can think, but due to the lack of availabilities of manufacturing integrated circuits it is getting restricted. The process is still so sophisticated and only available at few places. This initiative will at least make others start exploring possibilities for it.
Yes, it will not be made available outside university campus, generally university research scholars are the persons who need the tools, and they use it at its extent. These are the places from where the companies as well get inputs and acceptance for their products, so they make tools available to them, and cloud options is very much suitable for extending this facility this why the companies can track the usage of it and provide better service.
@Kinnar: Okay, thanks for the information!! Yeah, I see the reason why the EDA companies would sponsor the tools for the Universities/Colleges at a much subsidized price, which is a lot lower as compared to the actual commercial price of the EDA softwares. It is a win-win situation for both. I am not surprised to see that the same would not yet get open up to institutes other than the universities & educational institutes...after all the EDA companies would need to remain in business... :)
The Cloud based education system seems to be a great idea, as researchers and doctorial student alike will have access to that kind of innovative information (market sector principles of technology, and that too facilitated to them by a cloud system) without dropping too much sweat. This will probably create the grass root levels of IOT developing among researchers and students.