Fujitsu North America Technology Forum 2015

One of the unknown useful conferences in Silicon Valley is thrown by Fujitsu America. If you know the Japanese ICT market, you should know Fujitsu is one of the major players in Japan. But it is not well known in the US that it ranks 7th in the server market and 4th in the ICT service market worldwide.

Twice a year, they hold technology conferences, and the recent one was Fujitsu North America Technology Forum 2015.

Yasunori Kimura, President and CEO, Fujitsu Laboratories of America Inc., discussed US-based R&D activities.


Yasunori Kimura

One of the main topics of the conference was the Internet of Things (IoT). There were many interesting sessions and demonstrations.

My takeaways concerned:

  1. Statistical data regarding the number of connected devices, Big Data, and IoT
  2. What Fujitsu is up to
  3. Control system for a large-scale sensor network
  4. IoT and SDN

I will blog on #3 and #4 later and summarize #1 and #2 in this blog. The statistical data are from data presented by Fujitsu executives in the conference.

Statistical Data

Many researchers, analysts, and companies publish statistical data on connected devices, Big Data, and IoT. The Fujitsu executives discussed those in their presentations and I reproduce them here in a summary.

The following slide summarizes the data very well.

I extracted the data in the following table for ease of viewing.

  1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020
Paradigm Mainframe MiniComputer   PC Desktop Internet Mobile Internet IoT

# of connected  devices

1M 10M 100M 1B 10B 50B

The ICT paradigm shift is well described in the following slide.

The next slide summarizes well the newly required technologies for the new IT paradigm.

To realize these, Fujitsu addresses the following set of domains and technologies.

  1. ICT Infrastructure & Server Domain
    1. Server architecture for green data centers
    2. Cloud & network service for distributed systems workload management
    3. Network service platform for high-quality and low-cost services
  2. Knowledge Platforms Domain
    1. Data linkage (Linked Open Data –LOD)
    2. Big Data analytics (machine learning)
    3. Security (palm vein ID authentication)
  3. Human Interfaces & Devices Domain
    1. Next-generation user interface (intuitive operation with fingertips)
    2. Wearable devices & interfaces (intelligent wearable glove)
    3. Human sensing (eye-tracking technology)
  4. Materials & Electronic Devices Domain
    1. Advanced devices (high electron mobility transistor)
    2. Advanced packaging (packaging, silicon photonics)
    3. IoT sensors technology (new materials and sensor devices)
  5. Social and Business Innovation

Natural disaster measures, environment, transportation/logistics, health care, infrastructure maintenance, energy/smart city, mobility, education

Human-Centric Computing

Putting all these together, Fujitsu has been pushing human-centric computing (HCC). HCC is described by Fujitsu as:

“Human-Centric Computing is a new technology paradigm in which computingresources are provided to humans anywhere and at any time in accordance with their circumstances. By shifting the paradigm from technology-centric to human-centric, new value will be created in the real world and large markets are expected to be developed in areas where information and communications technology (ICT) has yet to reach.”

The comparison with the conventional method is as follows.

Conventional HCC
Standalone

Connected (people, information & infrastructure)

Led by specialists Led by anyone
Waterfall (slow) Agile
Closed Open
High setup cost Low setup cost
Part of value chain Part of ecosystem

More details can be found here.

Zen Kishimoto

About Zen Kishimoto

Seasoned research and technology executive with various functional expertise, including roles in analyst, writer, CTO, VP Engineering, general management, sales, and marketing in diverse high-tech and cleantech industry segments, including software, mobile embedded systems, Web technologies, and networking. Current focus and expertise are in the area of the IT application to energy, such as smart grid, green IT, building/data center energy efficiency, and cloud computing.

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