Whenever I give a lecture on cloud computing these days I include a slide with a picture of the Raspberry Pi. My reasoning is that while much of our debate on different types of data-centre and cloud have focused on cost we tend to not effectively consider the progress of Moore’s “law” (1965) within this debate.
If you can buy a fully functioning computer for the price of many lattes in London what will this mean for our digital future? For one thing this is a standard device that is very easy to programme and develop for – something not true of many embedded devices.
Moore, G. E. (1965). “Cramming more components onto integrated circuits.” Electronics 38(8): 114-117.