Enterprise and academic systems are equally challenged by thickening jungles of system complexity and massive flows of data. Research communities in both worlds are responding with innovative efforts aimed at every level of the IT stack—from the lowest level of logic and memory hardware to the most abstract models of application function and user interaction.
Research facilities are also IT customers as well as innovators, with technical sophistication that often leads to early adoption and provides potential lessons learned that may benefit less aggressive sites. In this report, eWEEK Labs examines some of the opportunities and challenges that invite a growing exchange of insights—not just a trickle-down from theory to practice—between researchers and users in industry and academia.
This report is based on a series of conversations that took place this summer with researchers and managers at four key centers of commercial IT innovation—IBM, Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc.—and at two academic hot spots—the San Diego Supercomputer Center, or SDSC, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Our discussions shed light not just on whats to come but also on ways that enterprise IT builders can start now to ease the process of adopting these innovations as they mature into commercial offerings.