Redshifting the Sun
By djberg on Apr 22, 2007
Redshift is simply a term we use to describe the shift we see in a set of customers, applications, infrastructure, etc. that are not served by Moore's law. This essentially means that there is a set of problems that are not solved by the every increasing capacity and capabilities of traditional computing. Those set of problems that are served by Moore's law are every increasing their focus on efficiency of computing. Those that are not served by Moore's law (Redshift) are constantly consuming more and more. More storage, more bandwidth, etc. For example, have you ever seen a high performance computing (HPC) program ever say, "no thanks, that is way too fast and much too large for problem". No, they consume what our industry can give them. HPC is not the only area. More and more network based services are not able to get the bandwidth they would like, the storage capacity they would like, the computing cycles they would like.
We see networking computing ever expanding. More users, more applications, more services. Just as the universe is ever expanding (thus the Redshift relationship). The Internet, its users (now the programmers) are every expanding, Redshifting.
I thought you might enjoy this video I found "Shift Happens". Some good data that shows we are by no means at the end of utilizing the Internet and its network computing capabilities.