Chances are you don’t realize it yet so let me be the first to tell you. The world changed on 27 October 2012. That was the day a crowd sourced funding project on KickStarter.com closed for a New England company called Adapteva.
Of course you might be wondering what this has to do with SEO. The answer is, everything. The firm I am talking about is a hardware company. And they are about to change everything. To help you get a sense of what I am talking about. Imagine in your brain what one square inch looks like. There are 25.4 mm in an inch.
The firm has successfully raised funds through crowdsourcing to create a $99 computer where the CPU fits in 10 mm² and draws less than 2 W of power. The entire computer is the size of a credit card, and runs Ubuntu Linux.
This is not the amazing part. What is the mind bender is it has 64 CPU cores. In other words it is nothing short of a supercomputer rivaling a Cray of yesteryear. It is an open source project which has an interesting architecture called Epiphany.
This means that any home can now have literally, a supercomputer hooked up to the TV set.
Being a KickStarter project they needed to raise all are funding goals or get zero. They needed three quarters of $1 million. They were hours away from their 30 day deadline and were $95,000 short. Fellow computer dinosaur Steve Gibbs ran an article about them at the Forbes website writing a compelling piece. They closed more than $100,000 North of the goal.
Certainly it did not hurt that the last-minute crusade included a case to hold the system board.
Again, you may be asking: what does this have to do with SEO? Again, I answer everything.
It is not Ubuntu Linux that is going to make it a game changer. C programmers will have to access the Epiphany library to really unleash 100 Gflop of power booting from a standard SD card. Some applications will starve due to a lack of I/O.
And I know that nature hates a void. This sort of insane processing power that can be run from a battery will change the game. If you have been around long enough you may remember when Google sold it search as an appliance that you purchased.
Is it really that much of a stretch of the imagination to see where Google could make a highbred device where supercomputing (search and data) is in your household, tied to a backend in its data centers as a complementary (think force multiplier) push-pull AI (Artificial Intelligence) engine?
I’m a few minutes late today in my post because I took in live the Windows 8 Phone release in San Francisco. Yes Microsoft has a new bag of tricks that could make Cupertino just a little worried. If I was in Redmond, I’d be putting down the champagne glass and having a hard talk with the CEO of Adapteva.