‘We’re in a transition period’ in computing architecture
Computer architectures are changing, and some companies are moving quickly to adapt to it.
A new report by the Computing Research Association and the University of Waterloo shows that companies in a number of industries are moving faster than they did just a decade ago, and that they are building new systems with radically different architectures.
The report, “A transition to the next era in computing architectures,” identifies six key areas where the industry is making significant progress.
Among the areas in question are:• Software development: A software development organization has become a key player in the development of software that powers most modern computers.
In addition to the software itself, many companies are also using tools and frameworks developed by the IT industry to build their own software for the industry.
This is known as “open source” software, and companies are building their own development tools and APIs to make it easier for their customers to write applications for them.
These new frameworks are often called “next-generation” software because they are closer to what the software will become in the future.• Hardware and peripherals: Today’s computer systems are very different from the computers of 10 years ago.
The computing industry is building its own chips, so the new computing architecture has to be designed for this new hardware.
Hardware designers, engineers, and designers of peripheral systems have an increasingly important role in the design of new systems.• Virtualization: Many companies are using software to help them run their applications on virtualized machines, which run at virtualized levels of speed.
These virtual machines can run many of the same applications that would run on a physical computer, but the virtual environment is smaller and more accessible.
Many companies also use software to manage their network connections and to monitor and control these virtual environments.
The use of virtualization to manage these virtual machines has also become a major area of research for the IT companies in the report.• Internet of Things: The Internet of things is a huge and rapidly evolving part of the computing industry.
In some ways, it is even more disruptive than traditional computing.
The Internet has changed everything.
There are hundreds of billions of connected devices on the Internet, from refrigerators to televisions to smart appliances.
In the next few years, the Internet ofThings will be a huge part of how we communicate, manage data, and work.
A lot of the research into this area is coming out of the United States, and it is an area where we are moving very quickly.
In a few years we may be able to talk about a world where we can communicate over the Internet directly and then we have the ability to communicate over a different Internet over the cloud, where you have a computer and a smartphone connected in a data center.• Network security: There are many ways to protect your network from hackers.
For example, the Federal Communications Commission has put in place a number or rules to limit the ability of some types of malware to infect your network.
In other areas, like network security and data security, the industry has been working hard to develop and build new security technologies that are designed to protect against attacks on the networks that are running the applications that power our devices.
The companies in this report are investing in a variety of technologies that will help them to make these investments in the right direction.
The next-generation technologies are still years away from widespread adoption, but we are seeing progress in the areas where we should be most concerned about.