The Net-centric View
By "net-centric computing" Bernard Cole means connected computing. In the future computers will only be thought of in the context of their ubiquitous connectivity. Net-centric computing isn't communications or networking per se, although it certainly includes both. It encompasses the various traditional segmentations in the market -- embedded, server, routers, switches, desktop, and handheld -- but is is much larger in scope. It also encompasses the middleware and Web infrastructure connecting these previously separate segments.
Copyright © Bernard C. Cole
(01/15/10, 8:15 AM GMT)
If the wide variety of new consumer devices supporting Mobile DTV introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, 2010 could be the year of mobile TV, running on everything: smartbooks, smartphones, mobile DTVs, USB receivers, and WiFi access products.
(03/9/09, 2:00 AM GMT)
If Nickolas Carr is right, the fat - and resource loaded - server and much thinner mobile and desktop clients may be coming back with the emergence of what is called “cloud computing.”
(08/15/07, 1:54 AM GMT)
Lacking appropriate software tools and programming languages, developers of the multicore-based connected electronics devices face a tough road ahead.
(07/14/07, 1:54 AM GMT)
I don’t think the long term future of the much-hyped iPhone will ever match that of Apple’s iPod or even the Macintosh, despite the spectacular early sales, the great expectations of the company and its investors, and the enthusiasm of a small group of early adopters and iPod groupies.
(06/17/07, 1:54 AM GMT)
In embedded systems, P2P is getting a lot of attention as a means to allow servers, blade computers and telecom boards to share information and resources. It is also being considered as a way for wirelessly connected MCUs and sensors to do the same.
04/10/07, 00:3:00 AM GMT
02/21/07, 1:54 AM GMT
I recently read a story describing Datdevices’ Dartplayer software as a way to deal with the lack of interoperability among net-centric connected devices. The story got me thinking about “write once, run anywhere” software virtual machines and their future.
01/23/07, 1:54 AM GMT
CE device designers face traffic jams on the multimedia chips in their systems as severe as those Steve Martin dealt with getting to work in the morning freeway traffic rush.
(10/31/06, 12:00:00 PM GMT)
(05/22/06, 1:54 AM GMT)
Sun’s Small Programmable Object Technology (SPOT) effort could have a profound influence on the way developers build and deploy Java and other virtual machines in resource constrained wireless sensor and controller environments.
(07/13/06, 8:30:00 AM GMT)
Wireless multimedia, which studies indicate will have at least 20 to 80 million users by the end of the decade, still has technology and end user unknowns that require maintaining a skeptical attitude.
(07/10/05, 12:54:52 PM GMT)
The impact of ubiquitous wired and wireless connectivity on embedded MCUs and how to secure them is complex with many questions still to be answered.
(11/26/04, 03:10:52 PM GMT)
Does the special nature of wired and wireless network connected microcontroller/server interactions require that the industry consider acquiring an embedded TLD?
(08/30/04, 09:46:52 AM GMT)
Technology evolution in mobile appliance development is like water: it will always follow the paths of least resistance. The trick is to know the terrain and find out what specific paths it will follow as it flows to its ultimate destination.
Universal Serial Bus: the ubiquitous
The USB standard is a good example of a technological tool or building block designed originally for a very narrow set of applications but because of market dynamics, such as the World Wide Web and Internet, have been re-engineered, adapted and redefined to meet the new requirements.
(01/05/04, 6:00:00 PM GMT)
(09/21/03, 3:00:00 PM GMT)
As we push semiconductor technology based on binary logic to its limits, the degree of difficulty and the expense will increase exponentially. Isn't it time to reach into the same waste bag of history from which other new old ideas such as nonvolatile RAMs, Silicon Germanium and silicon on insulator were retrieved and take another look multi-valued logic?
(08/16/03, 09:46:52 AM GMT)
No matter how legally justified the companies, such as SCO, in taking action against companies using software and hardware tools, such as Linux, that were presumed to be open source and clear of legal entanglements, it is shortsighted. They focus on short-term tactical gains without looking at threat to not only their, but the industry's long-term strategic goals.
(05/23/03, 13:48:29 PM EDT)
As the embedded market seeks to regain its footing and its focus in the age of connected computing, they should look to the truck industry and the emergence of suburban utility vehicles and how proper naming allowed the emergence of a vital new market segment.
(03/24/03, 3:09:54 PM GMT)
Despite the frenzy of development of next generation "converged platforms" combining elements of camera, cell phone, gaming device, music player and PDA into a single unit with several dollops of WLAN via Bluetooth, IrDA, and 802.11, there is no certainty that a standard platform will emerge.
(01/16/03, 10:54:18 AM GMT)
With nearly ubiquitous connectivity, what are embedded hardware/software tool companies, or for that matter, the system developers who depend on them, to do when the marketplace starts changing OEM channels in mid-broadcast?
(11/08/02, 4:56:54 PM GMT)
Out of the turmoil of the new connected computing marketplace, the embedded device industry is abuzz about "platformization" -- the development of a common software development platform, application programming interfaces, and languages.
(10/23/02, 10:10:52 AM GMT)
Apple Newton is an example of a "successful failure," an idea ahead of its time which in the new connected computing environment has come to dominate in the form of diverse Internet-centric personal computing and communications appliances: PDAs, handheld computers, Web-enabled cell phones, and many variations on the theme.
(09/13/02, 05:15:52 PM GMT)
Driven by the tough high performance, but low power requirements of mobile computing and communications devices, developers are taking another look, albeit cautiously, at asynchronous logic in very targeted, specific ways, keeping in mind its limitations.
(08/23/02, 03:10:52 PM GMT)
Like the proverbial reaction of a bull to a red flag, the mere mention of asynchronous logic design prods engineers into heated debate, despite the need in the new connected computing mobile environment for a better device design methodology.
(07/30/02, 05:10:52 AM GMT)
Since the revelation in recent weeks in the al Qaeda has been planning attacks on the "information superhighway," some of you have expressed concern about the outdated nature of the security models we use in the connected computng environment.
(07/12/02, 08:10:52 AM GMT)
Rather than attack our information superstructure itself, the second shoe that the al Qaeda has been trying to drop is to use our connected computing environment as the conduit by which to penetrate the many networked infrastructure facilities: water facilities; gas, oil and water distribution systems; electric power distribution systems, conventional and nuclear power plants or municipal waste processing systems.
(06/26/02, 12:10:52 PM GMT)
In the new connected computing environment, we still have problems defining and naming precisely what it is we are building and using. Why not look to history for a solution? Name the devices after those who had a role in creating this new world. Or go back to the old client/server terminology.
(06/13/02, 02:10:52 PM GMT)
In the connected computing environment in which handheld mobile devices have become the mainstream platform, the PC is not going away. It is evolving into a new personal and home platform, a personal or home media center which will be the nexus of all computing and communications activities.
(05/27/02, 6:10:52 P GMT)
Even before Sept. 11, Microsoft had a tough job proving that it had enough security safeguards built into its ambitious .NET web services framework. Now it is faced with an unsettling reality: it had better get it right the first time.
(05/14/02, 01:10:52 AM GMT)
Never before have chip designers had as many choices on how to reduce power consumption and dissipation in the variety of new mobile, Internet-centric connected appliance designs. But never has there been as much need.
(03/03/02, 05:10:52 AM GMT)
Using proper terminology and correctly naming the new Internet-centric mobile computing and communications appliances is an important step in understanding how they will evolve in the future. Why? Because language is thought, and if we use old language, we will think in old ways
(02/11/02, 10:03:52 AM GMT)
Peer-to-peer connectivity will have profound effects on net-centric computing beyond allowing Web-enabled information appliances and desktop personal computers to connect more or less directly with one another to share files.
(01/17/02, 9:10:52 AM GMT)
In the connected computing environment, the performance of any design, from embedded to cell phone, depends not only on the capabilities of the local hardware and software, but on the external Web resources on which it may rely.
(01/11/02, 4:10:52 PM GMT)
When the question of Microsoft and the future of the embedded industry come up, it is assumed that eventually Microsoft eventually dominate. Not so fast. The situation isn't quite that clear cut.
(01/03/02, 03:14:50 AM GMT)
In the battle for the hearts and minds of developers of small footprint control devices as well as information appliances ranging from handheld devices to set top boxes, I'm still betting on the traditional embedded RTOS and tool vendors.
(12/20/01, 07:10:52 AM GMT)
A carefully crafted industry-wide consensus on a set of standards for Web Services that was in the process of fracturing is now showing the first signs of true integration, or at least a quick repair job with duct tape. New companies and tools are emerging that may provide a bridge between the two environments.
(12/13/01, 06:40:52 AM GMT)
IBM has learned that it is not companies that drive technology and the market, but the other way around. It understands that "winning" depends on understanding the environment within which you operate and taking advantage of what you have learned, rather than trying to make it change to fit a particular set of needs or wants.
(12/06/01, 04:50:52 AM GMT)
With network processing is in turmoil as far as defining the most appropriate languages, operating systems, and programming methodologies, an essential factor that will bring stability is the emergence of a common application-programming interface (API).
(11/29/01, 07:18:52 AM GMT)
The continuing perturbations in the net-centric computing environment are evident in the nature of the programming decisions that face developers, who are still sorting out the complexities and opportunities that new languages such as Java and C-sharp have introduced.
(11/19/01, 3:10:52 PM GMT)
A desktop computer for business and another for the home will be useful accoutrements for a long time to come, but the hardware and software architecture must undergo a radical change to survive.
(11/13/01, 03:10:52 AM GMT)
As network processors become commonplace in
switches and routers on the wide area network and within the Internet Data
Center, how will operating systems have to adapt and adjust to the new realities
of the "network as data-flow processor?"
(10/30/01, 01:10:52 PM GMT)
Within the Internet data center there is a shift from traditional sequentially-based RISC architectures to the much more highly parallelized network processors used in the data and control planes of the switches and routers in the external WAN environment.
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