In true GTC tradition, NVIDIA CEO Huang sat down with US IT industry analyst Tim Bajarin and shared his views of the future for everything from mobile devices to cloud computing. In light of the impending launch of Windows 8, he felt that people don't buy operating systems anymore. Consumers are more attuned and conscious of their user experiences with the computing devices. Hence, the personal computer (PC) is not a product that should be repositioned for them as the consumers' expectations of it is heavily ingrained from their daily usage of their PCs.
These mobile devices will likely operate on Windows RT ("RT" stands for runtime, which was formerly known as Windows for ARM) and are clearly positioned away from PC user experience; hence, there is clear product differentiation for users with different requirements at both hardware and software levels. Naturally, with gaps created by such differentiation, services are provided to fill these gaps when users' needs arise.
One such service is cloud computing and NVIDIA is poised to take advantage of it by developing and introducing its GPU-based ecosystem to OEMs and data centers, with Tesla-based GPUs as their spearhead. In his opinion, in the long term, computing devices will matter less while the services these devices deliver become more important. Operating platforms will matter less too. His belief in the importance of cloud services is so strong that he said that, "The idea of buying an application in a box is weird to me....it’s just wrong.". He also believes that the cloud computing services will be more pervasive with the popularity of mobile computing devices these days.
Besides highlighting the mobile cloud as the next big thing, his advice to entrepreneurs is to ask themselves a series of qualifying questions with regards to their drive and passion for what they are pursuing. If their answers are certitude, he encourages them to proceed with their ventures as he is a strong believer of trying things.