In this video from Hot Chips 25, Dr. Robert Colwell of DARPA delivers an insightful overview on the “looming issue” that is the death of Moore’s law. Colwell starts out with the humorous point that “physics doesn’t care what we believe.” Believing that Moore’s law – Gordon Moore’s 1965 observation that a chip’s transistor count doubles Read more…
When it comes to ushering in the next-generation of computer chips, Moore’s Law is not dead, it is just evolving, so say some of the more optimistic scientists and engineers cited in a recent New York Times article from science writer John Markoff. Despite numerous proclamations foretelling Moore’s Law’s imminent demise, there are those who Read more…
Silicon photonics is in the spotlight again, being pitched by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Micron Technology Inc. as a potential Moore’s Law extender. The technology of silicon photonics refers to using light, instead of electrical wires, to enable silicon-based transistors to communicate on a single chip. Read more…
A new computer made of carbon nanotubes, created by a team of Stanford engineers, may be the first serious silicon challenger.
As an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, graphene is a promising electronics substrate, but it can’t be switched on and off like silicon can. With no solution in sight, a team of UC Riverside researchers has taken a completely new approach.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/HP_Corona_graphic.bmp” alt=”” width=”109″ height=”95″ />In high performance computing, Hewlett-Packard is best known for supplying bread-and-butter HPC systems, built with standard processors and interconnects. But the company’s research arm has been devising a manycore chipset, which would outrun the average-sized HPC cluster of today. The design represents a radical leap in performance, and if implemented, would fulfill the promise of exascale computing.
Moore’s Law is projected to come to an end sometime around the middle of the next decade — a timeframe that coincides with the epoch of exascale computing. A white paper by Marc Snir, Bill Gropp and Peter Kogge discusses what we should be doing now to prepare high performance computing for the post-Moore’s Law era.
Dean Plummer talks about the future of CMOS, alternative energy, and the profession of engineering.
Work in Ireland delves into replacements for copper and silicon.
Berkeley symposium calls for changes from circuits to networks.