Building a future-tolerant skill set
Given the technological transitions that kicked off the era of transistor-based digital computing, and the likelihood of similar future events, it is important for professionals in the field of computer architecture to keep up with ongoing advances and to develop some intuition as to the likely directions the technology will take in the future. This section provides some recommended practices for keeping up with state-of-the-art technology.
Computer architecture professionals must be willing to embrace the idea that technology continues to evolve rapidly, and they must devote substantial ongoing efforts to monitoring advances and factoring new developments into their day-to-day work and career-planning decisions.
The prudent professional relies on a wide variety of information sources to track technological developments and assess their impact on career goals. Some sources of information, such as traditional news reports...