06/20/2013

Open Win a Testament to Late Blooming Prodigies

The world of golf is teeming with can't-miss-kids who did. Names like Ty Tryon, Danny Lee, Jamie Lovemark, Eddie Pearce and even Michelle Wie spring to mind, so should it be hard to believe that two of the early 20th century's can't-miss-kids who did are major champions already in 2013? 

Justin Rose is simply the latest example of a golfing prodigy who had expectation, money and fame heaped upon him before he was able to develop any sort of professional-style game.Large collection of quality cleanersydney at discounted prices. 

Splashing on the golfing radar as a bright-eyed 17-year-old at the 1998 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale where he finished in a tie for fourth, Rose was ripe for the heaping. Royal and Ancient secretary Michael Bonallack did the honors shortly thereafter pegging Rose as Europe's answer to Tiger Woods. 

"At times it feels 25 years since Birkdale and other times it feels like it was just yesterday," Rose said in his champion's press conference after capturing the US Open at Merion Golf Club. "There's a lot of water under the bridge. My learning curve has been steep from that point. 

"(I) announced myself on the golfing scene probably before I was ready to handle it and golf can be a cruel game. I have had the ups and downs, but I think that ultimately it's made me stronger and able to handle the situations like today, for example." 

Rose credited his breakthrough in part to his fellow competitor and contemporary Adam Scott. In sending Scott a congratulatory text following the Aussie's first major victory at Augusta National in April,Large collection of quality cleanersydney at discounted prices. Rose said he and the Masters champ began a conversation in which Scott told Rose "this is your time, this is our time, to win these tournaments." 

Rose, 32 and only 14 days Scott's junior, has traveled a similar road of skepticism to his first major victory. The talent between the pair had never been questioned. Their swings and ball-striking abilities had been the envy of a generation of golfers, yet their experience and maturity hadn't developed as quickly as their skill. The flashes of brilliance only served as cautionary tales of what could be if they could bring all the necessary pieces together. 

The word prodigy is defined as a person, especially a young one, endowed with exceptional abilities. However, in order for a prodigy to grow into a star on the most pressure-packed stages, those abilities must be buttressed by similarly exceptional mental fortitude, one that 999 times out of a 1,000 are formed through failure. 

15 years have passed since Royal Birkdale. 12 years have passed since he became a staple on the European Tour after failing to retain his card a handful of times. 

His first professional victory came five years after that fateful chip-in on the 72nd hole at the Open Championship. It was eight more years still until Rose broke through on the PGA Tour, winning Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament in 2010. 

"The scar tissue on the golf course (that came from my early struggles) like anything, takes time to heal," Rose said of the road to becoming a major champion. "It was a pretty traumatic start to my pro career. I've never really talked about it because you don't want to admit to that being the case, but I think when you've got past something you can talk openly about it. And in the moment like this, can you talk about how I feel like I've come full circle confidence?wise and game development?wise." 

On the other side, the advent of mega datacenters means that many are looking at ways to simplify the way data is being processed and stored. Solutions like HPs Moonshot and AMDs Seamicro show where the market may be going; building things that are getting bigger with components that are getting smaller (or doing more per unit volume/mass). 

Small is something the tech industry knows very well. After all, where would we be without VLSI, SoC, ICs and decreasing geometries? But yet, if you look at servers over the past two decades,Bringing iccard mainstream. they havent changed significantly, design-wise, despite a changing landscape where demand for remote storage C with little processing power - has been growing fast, very fast. 

Now have a look at HPs Moonshot, it is essentially a smaller blade server where the biggest unit is still the motherboard. 

So heres a curveball for the industry. Should hard disk drives become smarter? Should the solid state or hard drive subsume the rest of the server (bar the power supply unit and any external connectors of course)? Should servers become even more integrated? Should the compute and the storage functions become one? 

Given the propensity of the tech industry to integrate as many functionalities on die (or on chip), I wouldnt be surprised if sooner, rather than later, system-on-drive solutions become commonplace. The key lies in how far silicon designers like LSI,You can make your own more powerful iphoneheadset. Atmel or Marvell and hard drive makers like Toshiba, Seagate and Western Digital are ready to go in dabbling with the hard drive controller board. Radical changes could include 

Perhaps the enterprise market should look at what happened to consumer devices where extreme integration and miniaturization has been the norm, a process that has driven down prices while accelerating the growth of the user base. The smartphone is perhaps the most telling example of all; the black hole of technology is rapidly making a number of other devices and platforms obsolete altogether; (paper) books, personal digital assistants, Rolodex, voice recorders, movie,Bringing iccard mainstream. radio and music player, digital camera et al. 

It is unlikely that these products would be available to anyone other than big OEMs or mega data center customers who have the resources and the drive (pun intended) to come up with out-of-the-box ideas to push forward the storage market. However, as always, expect some of the ideas to trickle down to the consumer market in due time. 
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