Will SpotCloud Change Moore’s Law?

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Will SpotCloud change Moore’s Law? In an interview with SpotCloud CEO Ruven Cohen, GigaStacey writes that the company’s brokerage service allows Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers a way to sell their excess compute capacity while enabling buyers and easy way to find smaller regional cloud providers for batch jobs.

So far, the market concept has led to several new realizations for Cohen, with the first being that by having access to so much compute capacity in one place and available on-demand, he thinks such an aggregate market can accelerate Moore’s Law. Instead of thinking of Moore’s Law narrowly (it says that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every 18 months), Cohen is applying it broadly, saying that if one thinks of the law as a mean of measuring compute performance, SpotCloud can double the performance in a few months by adding more sellers.

While the idea of changing Moore’s Law might make for headlines, I think Cohen may be confused as to what Moore’s Law really says. It’s about the doubling of transistors on a chip every 18 months or so. Performance is not in the equation. Check out this explanation by Intel CTO Justin Rattner: