Iwata asks - NERD buts & rêves
Annoncées le même jour que l'annonce de la Xbox One, les informations suivantes sembles ne pas avoir été mises en lumière sur le net.
Nintendo's European Research & Development, surnommé NERD, est apparemment en train de travailler sur quelque chose de similaire à l'approche de Microsoft sur le principe du "cloud":
Les infos en anglais:
Originally Posted by Alexandre Delattre, CTO, Nintendo European Research & Development (NERD):
The developers at Nintendo headquarters need to spend their time developing the actual platform, so I think we’d like to explore areas that they don’t have time for. For example the possibilities which are opened up by the combination of cloud technologies and new software paradigms like general purpose GPU programming
It should be noted that while the statement seems rather vague, NERD has indeed hired, and is still hiring, researchers in the field of cloud technology, heterogenous computing, and GPGPU development. Doesn't mean we'll see some results any time soon if ever, but I don't think Nintendo would publish this piece if they didn't believe they were on the right track. Especially considering this Iwata Asks seems to be mostly aimed at potential future NERD employees.
So this apparently isn't about trivial cloud applications like storing save games and profiles on a server or something
, it's seemingly about stuffing some servers with a couple of Nvidia Titans or Intel Knights Corner accelerators and using those things to provide additional computational performance over the internet
. And there might actually be a practical application for something like this in gaming (same thing is true for Microsoft of course).