IDF 2015: Intel woos developers to build for 'the algorithm economy'

Intel reiterated its forecast projecting more than 50 billion connected devices and "things" in operation worldwide by 2020.

SAN FRANCISCO---Intel technologies created for PCs and servers are finding their ways into more Internet of Things applications these days, observed Intel's Internet of Things group manager Doug Davis.

"The monetary opportunity here is immense," added Diane Bryant, general manager of Intel's data center group, while speaking to hundreds of developers at the tech giant's annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) on Wednesday.

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Pointing back to Intel's Internet of Things (IoT) platform unveiled last winter, Davis reiterated the San Jose-based corporation's forecast projecting more than 50 billion connected devices and "things" in operation worldwide by 2020.

But the biggest barrier, Bryant acknowledged, is making sense of all that data -- forcing the conversation to switch from data to algorithms in order to make use (and value) of that information.

Bryant dubbed this as "the algorithm economy."

Thus, Intel executives outlined a number of projects and services already in place meant to encourage developers to cash in on this opportunity for developing solutions for every vertical from agriculture to healthcare while using Intel technologies.

Describing Intel's silicon portfolio as being historically mapped like a pyramid, Davis stressed Intel pledges to support each new generation for seven years at a minimum.

Additionally, Davis highlighted the Intel IoT Developer Program, promising a scalable path to prototype, test and deploy commercial Internet-connected solutions and implementations.

Intel also unveiled details for the release of Discovery Peak, an open source analytics platform in development for the last three years. Aimed toward data scientists and application developers, the Platform-as-a-Service offering is ready for both public and private cloud environments.

The chip maker kicked off IDF 2015 on Tuesday as CEO Brian Krzanich also courted attendees by presenting a boatload of opportunities for connected devices and platforms.

Some of the highlighted future projects included collaborations with Microsoft and Google, the latter of which consists of Intel bringing its RealSense technology for 3D mapping and scanning to Project Tango, Google's own developer-focused platform for 3D motion tracking on mobile devices.

Intel hasn't showed any signs of slowing down during the dog days of summer.

At the end of July, Intel and Micron unveiled a collaboration years in the making, touted as the first new class of memory tech in decades.

The transistor-less storage and memory platform 3D XPoint was designed to offer a non-volatile, high-performance interface touting high-speed access to data and applications stored closer to the processor.

The two hardware titans are currently developing products based on 3D XPoint with samples scheduled to start rolling out to select customers later this year as suggested use cases range from gaming to mobile healthcare to DNA research.

Intel touched a little bit more on 3D XPoint on Tuesday, briefly announcing Intel's new Optane technology for running big data analytics and applications requiring larger and faster amounts of memory and storage.

Bryant followed up on Wednesday with another 3D XPoint development in the works: Intel Dimms. Based on 3D XPoint, Dimms boasts up to four times more memory capacity at half the cost of DDR -- all in all offering six terabytes of data on a two-socket system.