Tracy Kidder’s classic 1981 bestseller The Soul of a New Machine chronicles relentless work by teams of Data General engineers to design a next-generation mini-computer. How it all gets done isn’t necessarily pretty and looks just like hard work, buffeted by personalities, morale, ambition, deadlines, compromises. But the machine became a leader in its field and enabled the company to command a strong position in the then brand new era of 32-bit computing. As we look today at an emergent trend like cognitive computing, it is clear that we stand at another such inflection point—where wholly new systems architectures will need to emerge to provide the groundwork for the intelligent applications of tomorrow.
The above article was written by Hadley Reynolds; it appears in the issue March 2015, [Vol 24, Issue 3]Share