Has “Cloud Computing” replaced “Distributed computing”?


Have you heard about “Cloud Computing”? – of course you have, haven’t you? Have you heard about “Distributed Computing” – It’s great if you have. If you haven’t, no worries because that’s not your doing. you know why? because using this word is not in fashion anymore. yeah! [ I know I am talking fashion – how about that! ] Let’s put in differently, using the word “Distributed computing” is passé. want stats? Here they are:


Link: http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=distributed+computing&year_start=1800&year_end=2011&corpus=0&smoothing=1

More info about the stats:

Google is crazy! And I like crazy. What they are doing is digitizing zillions of book out there. And this tiny little Google lab thingy called NGram Viewer graphs (outputs) the occurrence of the “inputted word” in millions of books with respect to time. Sweet! so I have used this tool to draw a conclusion – which is my very own crazy speculation. Actually, I came to know about this tool and I ran some crazy experiments by inputting ****, **, **, ***, *****, ********, ********, * **** ** **** ***,etc. Then I don’t know what got me inputting “distributed computing”, “cloud computing”, etc etc – And the result is in front of you.

Anyways. The result shows only up to year “2008”. And if you note, I have inputted 2011 as year-end in my query but it just does not work. But you do get the point don’t you?!

Now how about “cloud computing” – BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! uncanny rise:


So a logical speculation is that “cloud computing” is replacing the use of “distributed computing”. Isn’t it?!

Any-who. whatever it is – it is pretty interesting. Let’s have some fun:

How about: Cloud computing vs Distributed computing vs Microsoft vs Google vs Facebook:


Facebook and cloud computing are recent trends. And as the graph shows they did not appear as many times as we might have guessed. But remember that it’s just until 2008. I wish we had data up to 2011!

That’s about it. Have fun with this tool!

About Google NGram Viewer: http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/info

How did I came to know about it? http://www.ted.com/talks/what_we_learned_from_5_million_books.html

Did I tell my friends about it? of course, I did:


And what about facebook? I would have done that if facebook had hastags (Alas it does not have it). And why did i shared it *ONLY* twitter because *ONLY* “hashtags” care for what I have to say. I know, it’s sad. But of course, you do – I can say because you read my entire post! if you liked it connect with me on twitter: Paras_Doshi!