“All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds.” -Richard Brautigan
Brautigan was probably the first geospatial Software as a Service (SaaS) evangelist. We need someone alive today who can assume his role. The next big wave is cloud computing. We in the geocommunity are lagging even though it may very well offer more to our industry than any other.
Here is a laundry list of what I’ve seen in my explorations:
Is extending Dryad to leverage Linq, in something called DryadLinq looks interesting. Note that Dryad uses SqlServer Data Services (SSDS) on the back end. See the Mix08 presentation. While this looks interesting, it might be a long time. Not sure how Windows Server 2008 HPC fits into this, but worth watching. Ozzie did mention MapReduce in his Mix08 keynote.
First kid on the block with AWS, offering S3, EC2 and SimpleDB. See this post showing how Hadoop can be run on EC2 S3.
This is the only site I found for spatial parallel processing. Don’t see much recent activity.
This is an open source version of BigTable.
Sun Redshift is a major grid computing effort. Sun also bought MySql and seem committed, though maybe they don’t see spatial as special.