Over the last few years, cloud computing has been growing to be something completely incredible. Cloud computing was something people talked about, but until COVID hit, it wasn’t used throughout the world. Since the significant shift to using cloud computing to keep people working while everything was shutting down, tons of trends have taken hold. Here are a few trends that will carry us through the rest of 2022.

AI’s Move To Edge

AI has been living primarily in the cloud. One of the developments with AI is that algorithms are becoming more efficient and can run on low-power devices. This means that AI can now occur and live at the edge-the point where data is gathered and used. This shift in paradigm is going to continue to gain popularity. AI-Powered insights will become a reality outside of times and places with superfast fiber optic and mobile network availability. There will likely be an increase in customer processors that will become a greater part of the technology we use and interact with every day. We will also be able to use this technology even when internet connections are sporadic or non-existent.

Edge Computing

Although edge computing is not new, it has made steady gains in the cloud computing space. It has been rising in importance, but it is also maturing, and 2022 should be an interesting year for the edge computing space. First and foremost, the three F’s will be driving edge computing forward. Fit, form, and function are the three important F-words that will underlie and drive the development of custom form factors. At its core, edge computing is characterized by great variety because each use case is different, and the cases span multiple industries. There are unique demands for storage, computing power, and networking that will have a significant impact on the development of custom form factors right from the processor level on up.

Quantum Computing

A quantum computer is defined as an ultra-powerful machine that could solve problems currently beyond the realm of traditional computers. For example, your desktop PC would struggle to solve the following question: “If a salesman has many places to visit, what is the quickest route?”

Traditional computing can answer this question for a certain number of cities, but if I wanted to add more cities, it would get much harder quickly. Light is already used to transmit data very quickly over long distances via fiber optic cables. With this discovery, it may be possible to manipulate these photons and enable the distribution of data in much more powerful ways. The research team is now trying to manipulate photons in ways beyond attraction. The next test will be repulsion, where they slam photons into each other and scatter. These researchers are exploring uncharted territory. They do not know what will happen with repulsion. It may be that they form a regular pattern, like a crystal of light, or something totally different may happen.

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Apr 8 22
Christina Zumwalt
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