Identifying and forecasting the reverse salient in video game consoles: A performance gap ratio comparative analysis

Daim, Tugrul, Justice, Jay, Hogaboam, Liliya, Mäkinen, Saku J., & Dedehayir, Ozgur (2014) Identifying and forecasting the reverse salient in video game consoles: A performance gap ratio comparative analysis. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 82, pp. 177-189.

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This study uses the reverse salient methodology to contrast subsystems in video game consoles in order to discover, characterize, and forecast the most significant technology gap. We build on the current methodologies (Performance Gap and Time Gap) for measuring the magnitude of Reverse Salience, by showing the effectiveness of Performance Gap Ratio (PGR). The three subject subsystems in this analysis are the CPU Score, GPU core frequency, and video memory bandwidth. CPU Score is a metric developed for this project, which is the product of the core frequency, number of parallel cores, and instruction size. We measure the Performance Gap of each subsystem against concurrently available PC hardware on the market. Using PGR, we normalize the evolution of these technologies for comparative analysis. The results indicate that while CPU performance has historically been the Reverse Salient, video memory bandwidth has taken over as the quickest growing technology gap in the current generation. Finally, we create a technology forecasting model that shows how much the video RAM bandwidth gap will grow through 2019 should the current trend continue. This analysis can assist console developers in assigning resources to the next generation of platforms, which will ultimately result in longer hardware life cycles.

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ID Code: 85635
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Reverse Salience, Performance Gap Ratio, Video Game Consoles, Video RAM Bandwidth
DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2013.06.007
ISSN: 0040-1625
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2015 05:54
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2015 02:16

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