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HPC Speeds Desalinzation Efforts

May 6, 2014 |

With the long dry spells leading into seasons of drought, one’s thoughts turn to the long-held promise that is desalinization. Abutting California, which is facing one of the most severe droughts on record, is the vast Pacific Ocean – if only the salt could be separated from the valuable H2O in an economically feasible way. Read more…

Graphene Faces Real-World Limitations

May 5, 2014 |

Graphene is a one-atom-thick layer of carbon that has been hailed as a potential silicon replacement capable of extending the exponential computing advances that modern society has come to depend on. Despite the material’s profile of being strong, flexible, light-weight and a good conductor, there are still a number of challenges that must addressed before Read more…

New Hope for Graphene-based Logic Circuits

Sep 6, 2013 |

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.

Moore’s Law Meets Exascale Computing

Jun 29, 2011 |

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.

Researchers Scale Silicon Wall

May 27, 2011 |

As the limitations of silicon at the nanoscale become apparent, new materials are emerging to address the performance gap.

A Slick New Semiconductor

Feb 1, 2011 |

Swiss researchers say molybdenite is better than silicon or graphene.

Graphene Transistors That Work at Blistering Speeds

Feb 5, 2010 |

IBM has created graphene transistors that leave silicon ones in the dust.

What Happens When Silicon Can Shrink No More?

Dec 9, 2008 |

The shrinking of silicon-based computing is becoming increasingly difficult. But other technologies are already in the works.

Texan Prof Sees Big Future for Graphene Storage

Nov 25, 2008 |

A Rice University professor believes that his proposed graphene arrays could be many times denser and faster than existing storage tech, and they’d be more reliable too.

Graphene Transistors Promise Life After Silicon

Mar 2, 2007 |

Researchers at the University of Manchester have used the world’s thinnest material to create the world’s smallest transistor — a breakthrough that could spark the development of a new type of super-fast computer chip. They believe this innovation will allow the rapid miniaturization of electronics to continue when the current silicon-based technology runs out of steam.