Nissan is revisiting an old technology to cater for a brand new one.
The Japanese car maker is scaling up its existing IBM mainframe computer to act as the backend for an online portal that connects with its Leaf electric vehicle’s smart technology.
Leaf’s smarts allow drivers to use an iOS or Android smartphone application or a website to access in-depth information about the car – such as battery status, recharging station locations, and navigation functions – and also remotely control in-car cooling or heating. Although much of this functionality is available in-car without the need for external websites, the portal offers different metrics that can be analysed and improved over time.
via Nissan Leaf gives mainframe a new M2M kick along.
The term “batch processing” was coined back in the 1950’s in the days of mainframe computers: A computer operator would feed a batch of punch cards into the computer, which would then process the information during a scheduled time, and hopefully deliver the needed information back the next morning. Compare that to today, when most computer processing is done through real-time and “event-driven” processing — the data is fed in and the computer quickly spits each bit of info out in seconds. Broadband networks connected to our computers have been built out around this idea of real-time computing.
via Why the Smart Grid Needs to Ditch Its Dated Architecture, Now.