If you dropped Facebook out of protest last month (which you probably didn't), and find yourself on the market for another social networking site (which you probably aren't), than you might be excited to hear Cisco is preparing to launch a new professional social networking site later in the year.
Cisco's General Manager of enterprise collaboration Murali Sitaram describes the service currently dubbed "Quad" as a place where professionals can take advantage of existing voice and video conferencing technologies offered by the company. He claims it is a "natural transition" to help fuel future technologies that will revolve around collaboration and communication.
It looks like the overall goal of the service is to marry together popular concepts like micro blogging with more immediate communication tools like live video for professional environments. For example, "if you find someone available in the network with knowledge that's useful for your project, you can start a video chat or web conference with them right away, rather than sending a message and waiting for a response".
Quad also hopes to include the ability to create personalized home pages, and host company specific content with ties into SharePoint and Documentern. Clearly Cisco is hoping this service will be adopted by firms to help replace aging intranet's that host mostly static, and outdated information.
Quad appears to be taking a unique approach, but does anyone out there think it will actually catch on?
Let's set aside Crysis, heavy encoding, and the few other specialized tasks capable of making a high end rig writher in agony. For everything else, we're at a point where the software needs to catch up with the hardware, and that hasn't always been the case. Remember when your anti-virus program would kick in, preventing you from being able to open a Word document or perform other mundane tasks with any sense of urgency? Neither Intel's brute-force, gazillion stage pipeline nor AMD's Rainman approach to efficiency were enough to get over the performance hump, and it took the advent of mulitple core processors to blow the doors open to multitasking.
Now that dual- and quad-core processors are mainstream parts, the roles have been reversed. There exists only a handful of programs developed to intelligently utilize additional cores, and even less that take advantage of the additional computing power effectively. Toss benchmarking by the wayside and you probably won'tt be able to discern between a dual-core E8200 (2.66GHz) system, and one equipped with a quad-core Q9450 (2.66GHz). For that to change, developers must learn how to program for not only today's hardware. but tomorrow's too.
Find out what 'unwelcome advice' Intel has for developers after the jump.