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TECH TREND
the ieee computer society offers a comprehensive forecast for the
year's trends in the world of technology.

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At the end of 2015, the IEEE Computer Society released its technology predictions for 2016, which focused on the future of 5G, virtual
and augmented reality, nonvolatile memory, cyber physical systems,
data science and capability-based security. After grading itself on its
2016 vision, IEEE Computer Society has created predictions for 2017.
IEEE Computer Society is the computing industry's unmatched source for technology information and career development, offering a comprehensive array of industry-recognized products, services and professional opportunities.
The society says these trends will reach adoption in 2017:
1. Industrial IoT - With many millions of IoT sensors deployed
in dozens of industrial strength real-world applications, this is
one of the largest and most impactful arenas for big data analytics in 2017.
2. Self-driving cars - In Silicon Valley, one can easily see up to
three self-driving cars on the same street. While adoption is
less likely in general use, the broader adoption will likely occur
in constrained environments such as airports and factories.
3. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive
computing - These are a fundamental requirement for big
data analytics and for other areas of control and management.
Machine learning, and deep learning in particular, are quickly
transitioning from research lab to commodity products.
4. 5G - While it is unlikely that 5G will have immediate adoption
in the next year, its roadmaps and standards are being developed,
influencing the applications that will eventually evolve. Also,
some early-use cases of deployment are being pursued.
5. Accelerators - While looking at the long term, the ending of
Moore's law is being addressed by novel technologies such as
those covered by rebooting computing, heterogeneous computing founded on accelerators enables the stretching of performance boundaries in today's technologies.

6. Disaggregated memory - Fabric-attached Nonvolatile
Memory (NVM) - Fast, nonvolatile storage bridges the gap
between RAM and SSD's, with a performance-cost ratio lying
somewhere in between. This fast, nonvolatile storage will be
initially configured either as "a disc," accessed by the OS like
any other permanent storage device, or as "RAM" in DIMM
slots, accessed by the OS as memory. But once the hardware
and OS support is fully figured out, this technology will open
the door to new applications that aren't currently available.
7. Sensors everywhere and edge compute - From smart
transportation and homes, to retail innovations, surveillance,
sports and entertainment and industrial IoT, we are seeing intelligence being aggressively deployed at the edge. With intelligence comes the need to compute at the edge, and a variety of
edge compute offerings are opening disruptive opportunities.
8. Blockchain - While known as the technology behind Bitcoin,
Blockchain has far more disruptive uses, potentially changing
the way in which we implement processes like voting, financial
transactions, title and ownership, securing these processes
without the need (and bottleneck) of a central authority.
9. Hyper-converged systems - Also known as "software-defined everything," hyper-converged systems are bundles of
hardware and software that contain elements of compute,
storage and networking with an orchestration system that lets
IT administrators manage them using cloud tools. While they
have been on the roadmap for major IT players, IEEE sees major trends that may cause their growth to explode in 2017. mt
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