Over on The New York Times‘ Bits blog, Steve Lohr writes about a topic frequently covered here on GigaOM Pro; big data. He goes on to connect the processing of big data with the need for speed, and writes about the rise of in-memory processing solutions. IBM’s John Kelly is quoted as saying that in-memory processing will “break all of the technology we have,” leading to sweeping innovations in the way that computers need to be built. How far will this shift — if it occurs — go? Whilst big data-crunching appliances may well change, what about the computer on your desk… or the smartphone in your pocket?