The Future of the Grid: From Telecommunications to Cloud-Based Servers

February 20, 2009
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There was once a time long long ago when telecommunications and computing were two different concepts.  That was the age when phone company operators manually switched calls and computers like ENIAC were programmed by patches and cables.  Since then the two fields have been on a convergence path.   The many advances in both fields since the 1940’s make for exciting reading for computer and telecom fans, but rather than recount those achievements here I’d rather talk about a more modern achievement of note, the establishment of the Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA or AdvancedTCA).  ATCA is an open standard that has been around since about 2003.  It has been continually enhanced and today it is perhaps the most broadly accepted standard in the telecom industry, with over 100 companies participating in development and implementation of the specification.  Perhaps more important is the adoption of the standard in the telecommunications industry.  A review of wikipedia entries and other open info (like the Intel Embedded and Communciations Alliance) indicates typical “hockey-stick” implementation seen in other highly…



There was once a time long long ago when telecommunications and computing were two different concepts.  That was the age when phone company operators manually switched calls and computers like ENIAC were programmed by patches and cables.  Since then the two fields have been on a convergence path.   The many advances in both fields since the 1940’s make for exciting reading for computer and telecom fans, but rather than recount those achievements here I’d rather talk about a more modern achievement of note, the establishment of the Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA or AdvancedTCA).  ATCA is an open standard that has been around since about 2003.  It has been continually enhanced and today it is perhaps the most broadly accepted standard in the telecom industry, with over 100 companies participating in development and implementation of the specification.  Perhaps more important is the adoption of the standard in the telecommunications industry.  A review of wikipedia entries and other open info (like the Intel Embedded and Communciations Alliance) indicates typical “hockey-stick” implementation seen in other highly…

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