And it Came to Pass

A while back, I declared 2010 the Year of ARM and predicted by the end of 2010 we would see ARM competing mainstream on desktops and servers. Well, I might have been a few months off, but ARM will make a move within a year. It’s not that I had inside knowledge or can tell the future. It’s just the logical thing to do. If you have a chip that uses less power to get the job done use it where that matters: portables and servers. On portables we want to preserve the battery. On servers, we want to avoid melt-down.

Let’s see… When did I predict the demise of M$? Well, that will come to pass to, but it will take a while longer. I can wait.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to And it Came to Pass

  1. I have converted a lot of people here from Lose-whatever to Debian GNU/Linux in the last few months. How many GNU/Linux users have you converted to that other OS?

    I had some visitors this morning, consultants offering to help us use IT in education. I showed them the stuff we have available on the LAN and their mouths fell open. They were offering similar services on the Internet and we had them in-house. They wanted to check that we could access their site using GNU/Linux and browsers. We could. They had not seen a school running GNU/Linux before. They were impressed.

    Only one or two people here out of hundreds have expressed a reluctance to change. Most are swayed by the obvious improvement in speed. People like that, getting something worthwhile. Glitz that slows down a PC is not worthwhile.

  2. amicus_curious says:

    “As soon as people see that, they will adopt it”

    Just as they have followed your lead with desktop Linux, Robert?

  3. If you have any better information, let us read it.

    ARM is not just an architecture, it is a more efficient architecture. As soon as people see that, they will adopt it. That has happened with phones. It is happening with netbooks/smartwhatevers and it will happen with “normal” PCs, thin clients and servers.

    At the start, I do not expect anyone will develop HPC systems using ARM but there are tons of places where some sort of server is needed and smaller, less costly, more energy-efficient are important considerations. Many servers are limited in their throughput by storage devices. ARM can wait on a hard drive as well as x86. Huge RAM/databases may not be in the cards this year but soon they will be. For the forseeable future powerful servers using ARM will require an array of ARM processors, increasing the parts count, etc. There may well be applications where that is a useful way to go, for example where the server has to be close to people but noise/heat cannot be tolerated. One can water-cool the usual chips or one could use a bunch of tiny ARMed modules. Size and weight are another advantage for ARM. Servers that need to be small and light, say on planes/rockets, may well be better built using ARM. ARM can do the low-end/household/small business serving now.

  4. amicus_curious says:

    “It’s not that I had inside knowledge or can tell the future”

    So you cite an ARM press release third hand to support your notion?

    “We might just be in the server market someday!” says ARM. LOL.

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