MIT-educated and employed by IBM's research division is Arvind Kumar--the general chair for the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC). As the flagship event for the IEEE Rebooting Computing Initiative, ICRC is a three-day conference packed with high-profile keynote speakers, presentations and panels. Mr. Kumar played a big role in the inaugural ICRC, which boasted stand-room-only events; it was a rousing success for IEEE. From his perspective, there are two big computing trends that will shape the future of the industry. The first has to do with exponential computing performance through Moore's Law scaling. And the second is today's trends on computing, which are vastly different from years' past; this includes the emergence of transactional computing, cognitive computing and high performance computing. Mr. Kumar also notes the popularity of neuromorphic computing, which got a lot of attention at the 2016 ICRC. Nevertheless, Mr. Kumar and his colleagues agree: the computing industry is in dire need of a reset.
Episode 4: Q&A with Arvind Kumar, Manager and Research Staff Member for IBM's Research Division