Title: Gaming in the Next Decade
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 18th at 6:30 PM
The worldwide video game industry is projected to reach $70.1 billion by 2015. It surpassed the U.S. movie and music industry in 2005 and 2007 respectively. This is due in part to the combined growth of console, portable, PC, and online video games. More recently a new category of gaming called cloud rendered video gaming has emerged, motivated by the desire to present games to users instantly and on-demand to any device, as well as the physics of gaming as GPU continues to demand increasingly more power to render high quality games. In this talk we first look back at some of the key factors that informed the gaming trends today and then we forecast what is likely to be the new and disruptive products/technologies domains that will shape video games in the next 10 years.
Peter Walker, PhD – GameStop Cloud Gaming Division VP & CTO
Dr. Walker has extensive experience in developing multimedia, networking, and systems management products and technologies. He currently serves as Division VP and CTO of GameStop’s Cloud Gaming unit. Previously he was as the CTO of Spawn Labs and founded the company as a pioneer in the cloud gaming space which develop cutting edge real-time streaming of high-end games using console virtualization technology. Prior to Spawn Labs, Dr. Walker led the effort at IBM Research to develop MARS, an advanced network simulator used in the design and modeling of petaflop supercomputers. He also spear headed effort at Open Grid Computing to develop the first certified Network Direct (OS bypass) with 10Gbit Ethernet on high-performance Microsoft cluster servers. Prior to this, he served as Principal Software Engineer at VIEO, in design and development of high-performance Infiniband networking technology used in the company’s cloud computing enterprise system management product line. Earlier, he worked at Encore Computer Corporation, a pioneer in real-time parallel computer architecture and storage systems. He has served as a professor in the Computer Science department at the Kingston campus of the University of the West Indies (Jamaica), where he taught graduate classes in parallel computing and computer architecture. He holds dual Masters Degrees (Sc. M.) in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, as well as a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brown University located in Providence, Rhode Island.
THE ADVISORY BOARD - BUILDING 7 (map)
6:30 p.m. Networking and Gathering
7:00 p.m. Call to Order, Announcement
7:15 p.m. Presentation, with Q/A
8:45 p.m. Meeting Evaluation, Adjourn