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Pliops 2020 Predictions: The slowing of Moore's Law and the rise of the accelerator

VMblog Predictions 2020 

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2020.  Read them in this 12th annual series exclusive.

By Steve Fingerhut, President of Pliops

2020 will see the slowing of Moore's Law and the rise of the accelerator

With the 50th anniversary of the Moore's Law upon us, the principle that has seen speed and processing power double every 2 years has slowed to a crawl.  Moore's Law described an incredible force in technology and economics, and gave rise to the prevailing Silicon Valley mindset that each generation needs to be faster and cheaper.  This mandate for innovation has seen amazing advancements made in processes, architectures and software.  However, all good things must come to an end - and the slowing of Moore's Law could not come at a more inopportune time: the data explosion that is our current reality shows no signs of slowing down.  

So, what is one to do? Innovative technologies that accelerate performance are here - and they're putting the pedal to the metal just as Moore's law steps on the brakes.

What is the biggest problem the slowing of Moore's Law slowing is causing?

  • In a word: "sprawl".  Cloud service providers have enormous incentive to continue growth at all costs.  They are throwing money and power at the problem by installing more servers with more CPU cores.  This causes exponential problems of its own - more nodes means more and faster networking, which also increases power and cost. 

What stands in the way of solving these problems?

  • Physics and cost.

Why are accelerators the answer?

  • Accelerators are already speeding up graphics and AI processors - and storage and networking stand to reap the same benefits.
  • Accelerators can apply to mainstream workloads - storage and database
  • Data growth is booming while storage and data processing slowing - accelerators solve for this.
  • Another prediction: In 5 years, every storage server serving high-performance applications will have a storage accelerator.

The end of Moore's Law is indeed disruptive, and it's creating opportunities for new leaders to emerge. The new year will see many startups racing to be that new leader - including us here at Pliops.


About the Author

Steve Fingerhut 

Steve Fingerhut has built multiple new technology businesses to over a billion in annual revenue. His experience includes SVP/GM of Toshiba Memory America's SSD Business Unit, VP Marketing for SanDisk's Enterprise SSD division, Co-founder and VP Marketing for LSI's Accelerated Solutions Division, and multiple roles across sales, marketing and strategic planning at Intel. He holds an MBA degree from Yale University. 

Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 7:19 AM by David Marshall
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