Diving into the epicenter of distributed intelligence

“It became apparent that communications and computing served each other so intimately that they might actually become the same thing.”

Tracy Kidder, The Soul of a New Machine

That quote from Tracy Kidder’s 1981 book referred to a battle brewing between the communications and computing giants of their time, respectively AT&T who was starting to build computers, and IBM who was investing in satellite technology.

The book is a must read for anyone in the tech industry as it recounts a remarkable time of early innovation. It also highlights the vision for the convergence of communications and computing we are experiencing today, while explaining how new technology models were being created and incumbents were being displaced.  

This is the essence of the tech industry … remarkable innovation and invention bringing about incredible transformation. In recent years, I’ve watched the Arm ecosystem enable this type of transformation in smartphones. It is also clear to me that this growing ecosystem is increasingly becoming the foundation for all smart devices and the underlying data infrastructure. Arm is at the epicenter of an industry transformation unlike any other. And it is one I’m now a part of as I am happy to announce that I have joined Arm’s leadership team to run the infrastructure business.

The first Arm-based smartphones came to market 10 years ago

The first Arm-based smartphones came to market 10 years ago and have now become the world’s primary compute device with more than 3 billion users. But smartphones and other connected devices intimately depend on network and cloud infrastructures. For example, it’s the infrastructure that ensures that more than 527,000 photos shared every minute on Snapchat transit a complex network into the cloud to then be shared. This example is just one of many that will challenge the web’s infrastructure to manage the nearly 44 zettabytes (44 trillion gigabytes) of annual data traffic by the start of the next decade.

The same underlying Arm technology powering our smartphone-connected world is evolving to usher in this new era of autonomous machines where by 2021, machine-to-machine connections will comprise more than half of the 27 billion devices and connections on the internet. Today’s infrastructure is evolving to help these inter-connected, sensor-enabled smart devices make instantaneous decisions while more machine learning systems, in the cloud and increasingly on our everyday devices, constantly improve the training models to create a balance of distributed intelligence from edge to cloud. All of this requires purpose-built processing with a robust ecosystem that innovates across a common architectural platform … the Arm architecture.

Infrastructure is evolving sensor-enabled smart devices to make decisions with machine learning systems in the cloud

This transformation driven by the Arm ecosystem is unquestionably the ultimate manifestation of Kidder’s prognostications so it’s only appropriate to close with another of his observations, “In the early days, computers inspired widespread awe.” This has never been more true today, which is why it’s a great time to be in computing … and for me, it’s a great time to join Arm. I’m here to help build the infrastructure needed for the next 10 years of computing, an infrastructure I’m confident will be powered by Arm technology.

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