The International Future Computing Association (TIFCA) develops open frameworks and initiatives that enable technology adoption. Below is a snapshot of how our organization came to be, our organization’s progress, and what we are working on today.
Laying Down the Foundation
TIFCA IS FOUNDED
Our launch happened during the 2018 Game Developers Conference. With a room filled with media and ecosystem, partners and competitors alike talked about their latest efforts and shared their enthusiasm for working together on industry challenges and problems.
FUTURE COMPUTING ESTABLISHED
While The International Future Computing Association had “future computing” in its name, the words had to carry real meaning. The TIFCA members and leadership gave future computing a definition, an understanding of its ecosystem, and through TIFCA, a process for getting things done.
NEW CONFERENCE FORMAT TESTED
The Immersed conference was originally founded in 2014 by the Immersive Technology Alliance – the precursor organization to TIFCA. Held annually in Toronto, Canada, this was the go-to event for all things dealing with augmented and virtual reality. To account for TIFCA’s expansive mandate, the conference was reformatted to address future computing’s three pillars of compute performance and platforms, immersive technology, and innovative content and applications.
THE ECOSYSTEM MEETS
With a strong leadership and future computing methodology, it was time to identify industry challenges and problems that are important to address and are well suited for industry collaboration.
A special ecosystem meeting was held during the 2019 Game Developers Conference to start identifying the right challenges to work on. The meeting included top representatives from the semiconductor industry, PC and mobile OEM companies, game development and publishing studios, the game engine market, virtual reality and immersive technology companies, and more.
The Industry Challenge is Revealed!
THE CLIENT-TO-CLOUD REVOLUTION BEGINS!
It is recognized that the overall computing industry is heading towards a world where the bonds between client devices and the cloud will be far stronger, and that this will help enable a create once reach all ecosystem. The alliance agreed to pursue this direction because in addition to benefiting the ecosystem, it is well suited for TIFCA’s nature of gathering industry to address daunting challenges.
Together with its membership, TIFCA published the Client-to-Cloud Revolution Vision Document.
IFC SUMMIT LAUNCHED
TIFCA’s Immersed conference was renamed to The International Future Computing Summit and was moved from Toronto to Mountain View, California. Now that TIFCA was committed to the Client-to-Cloud Revolution, it was time to gather the ecosystem to get fresh insights and begin building the necessary bridges to make this ecosystem real.
The inaugural edition focused on the client-cloud ecosystem and featured international speakers from the cloud service provider industry, game developers and cloud gaming services, the semiconductor industry, 5G and wireless infrastructure, open standards, cloud-based movie production, immersive technology, bitcoin and cryptocurrency, web engineering, architecture, computing law, media, and much more. To our knowledge, this is the first time a gathering like this was ever achieved.
The success of the Client-to-Cloud Revolution benefits just about everyone involved. Client, cloud, infrastructure, user – they all gain from seeing this through. TIFCA launched the clienttocloud.net portal to elaborate why this industry direction is so beneficial, provide all the available support materials, and have a place where market leaders can keep track of our industry’s progress.
ECOSYSTEM REPORT PUBLISHED
On the heals of The International Future Computing Summit and its success in gathering much of the required ecosystem, it was time to determine if TIFCA’s efforts were in line with where the industry wanted to go. In December of 2019, we ran a questionnaire to get a measure of the demand for the Client-to-Cloud Revolution, when respondents wanted objectives to be complete, which initiatives they wanted to drive, and who they wanted to see involved to help achieve our shared goals. The findings supported TIFCA’s direction.
PROJECT CORA REVEALED
At the 2020 International Future Computing Summit, TIFCA shares a first look at its Project CORA Vision Paper. Project CORA (Create Once Reach All) is TIFCA’s proposal to enable a single piece of content to run on many client devices from a single workflow and build process. It can take advantage of the capabilities of each client device, and support a client, cloud, and hybrid client-cloud workload balanced compute ecosystem.
DEFINITION, ENGAGEMENT, RELATIONSHIPS
TIFCA privately gathers ecosystem several times a month throughout the year to further Project CORA definition and development. Results:
- Multiple rounds of private ecosystem research
- TIFCA leadership is expanded
- Project CORA priority is highlighted. Project CORA is a framework that enables a single piece of content to run on diversely powered client devices with a consistent high-end user experience. It aims to take advantage of a client, cloud, or hybrid client-cloud compute model.
- TIFCA secures a liaison relationship with The Khronos Group and is developing other standards group relationships to collaborate on Project CORA effort.
- Membership agree on first Project CORA use case to examine.
YOUR TIFCA STORY BEGINS HERE
The industry told us what they wanted, and we listened. TIFCA has the roadmap forward, our membership and work groups are meeting weekly, and we have all kinds of exciting things in store for 2022 and beyond. Join fellow industry leaders in helping make this next computing era a reality!