Two pivotal announcements this week indicate that mobile cloud architectures are moving into the realm of visual computing. Either as consumers, or a employees, today’s mobile users are no more likely to be content with simple text box interfaces to their corporate data than they are to play mobile games with clunky yellow ducks. With mainstream phones supporting displays of 1440 x 2560 pixels or greater, we want retina quality visual computing no matter what task we are doing. As I spend much of my time away from NVIDIA offices but still on corporate tasks, I’m super-excited by the newly announced VMware, NVIDIA, and Google partnership to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. The video below makes it pretty clear why.
The second is Amazon’s announcement earlier this week of their plans to purchase Twitch for nearly $1B. Now while a lot of corporate folks may never have heard of Twitch, not so at NVIDIA. Twitch, which has quickly become the fifth largest source of Internet traffic, lets its nearly 45 million unique viewers per month stream their gaming sessions for a few friends or a few million friends to watch. And you don’t need a GeForce powered PC or laptop to stream to Twitch, the new Shield Tablet from NVIDIA lets you stream directly from a tablet.
With both of these announcements, it is becoming increasingly clear that mobile cloud architectures must support not just the consumption of visually rich content but also the creation. While perhaps several hundred million PCs can connect to one or more clouds, billions of mobile devices will soon be connected and capable of visual computing. And when you get that new mobile phone, Chromebook, or Shield Tablet that has a display resolution several times greater than your old workplace VGA monitor, and runs all your high performance desktop apps, the power of visual computing for mobile cloud will become clear.