Hello everybody,

Previously I shared my favorite list of sessions at the Intel Developer Forum (a.k.a. #IDF13) here, today I’d like to share what I think was most valuable. This is not a complete/detailed description, it’s just a recopilation of some interesting notes of mine.

  • New Chips: Intel started as a chip maker, so this event was an opportunity to showcase the Atom Z3770, based on the Bay Trail platform. For non-chip expert readers this means better performance and lower power consumption. For tech readers there are two links I recommend about that here and here. This SoC is intended to be used in the tablets and smart phones market. A  side note about this: Intel thinks in mobility in terms of wearable technology, so this is the transformation of the PC for the next era: Internet of Things. I feel IoT is about to become mainstream, not just an academic term anymore. In that world where tiny devices come into play, tiny chips play an important role. I’d recommend to keep an eye on Quark, which a 14 nm Soc.
  • Big data: one great learnt lesson: to construct graph-like models use Hadoop. To analyze them use Graph Lab (because Hadoop does massive data replication and suffers bottlenecks in graph processing, plus is not a natural abstraction for developers, so WE have to re-image the problem) and for Query processing/storage use Mine Graph. Dear readers just learning about Hadoop: bear in mind that Hadoop is a disk based engine, so get ready for faster in-memory computing like Spark. This world is envolving faster than ever. One of the highlighted companies actually using big data tools is Duke Energy, as you could imagine utility companies are collecting and analyzing data. Keep an eye on traditional data tool makers like Informix and non-traditional like Marklogic.
  • NUI’s  and/or gesture: this segment is getting mature. Maybe not highly recognizable, but mature. If you’re still amazed for touch devices or multi-touch SDK’s I’d have to say that you have been living on a cave. Check Nuance’s Dragon Assistant or the Intel Perceptual Computing SDK.
  • The potentially next big thing in HW/SW: Cloud Foundry (open PAAS), Aepona (NAAS) and Mahsery (Cloud Based API Management) in Software/Services (cloud computing). NI CompactRIO (a compact/open architecture control/monitoring system) and Aeroscout (Wi-Fi tags with telemetry and other sensors) in hardware.
  • Android: I know some readers are actually Java/Android developers, so here I share these technical slides just for you: Building Android* Systems with Intel® Architecture Based PlatformsDevelop, Optimize, Debug, and Tune Applications for Android,

    Developing Native Applications on Android and Optimizing for Intel® Architecture and

    Accelerating Your Software Development for Android* on Intel® Platforms.

I’d like to share some picture because IDF is not only a great professional experience, is a life experience indeed:

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See you at the next IDF, I hope you find this information valuable as well.


Javier Andrés Cáceres Alvis

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – MVP

Intel Black Belt Software Developer