Tag: Moore’s Law

IBM Bets on Nanotubes to Succeed Silicon in 2020

Jul 2, 2014 |

The effect of five decades of exponential progress with silicon chips doubling in speed every couple years as observed by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore in 1965 cannot be overstated. As silicon-based transistors push against the limits of physics, the death of Moore’s law could pack a devastating blow to the industry and even the global Read more…

Carbon Nanotubes Pitched as Post-Silicon Contender

Jun 23, 2014 |

With TOP500 list stagnation likely signaling the slow-down of an exponential known as Moore’s law, what better time to consider alternatives to silicon-based microelectronics. Researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering point to carbon nanotubes as a promising replacement for silicon as the traditional transistor material. The advantage of carbon nanotubes is that they are Read more…

Sandia Launches Post-Silicon Development Effort

May 28, 2014 |

As microprocessors push up against the limits of miniaturization, many are reflecting on what the post-silicon era has in store. Recently Sandia National Laboratories published an article describing the steps it is taking to extend the pace of computational progress over the coming decades. Some of the forward-leaning technologies include self-learning supercomputers and systems that Read more…

Planning for Post Moore’s Law

May 28, 2014 |

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…

Tackling Electromagnetic Interference

May 6, 2014 |

A team of researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is working to ameliorate electromagnetic incompatibility. The issue of unwanted interference is only set to worsen in step with the continued shrinking of electronic components. As componentry heads toward the nanoscale, problematic ‘noise’ arises from electromagnetic interference and susceptibility. As Xian-Ke Gao Read more…

Moore’s Law Versus the Laws of Physics

Apr 18, 2014 |

If you’re looking for a great video describing the essentials of Moore’s law in under 10 minutes, perhaps for your non-HPC friends and family, look no further. With a direct, easy-to-follow delivery, Professor Derek McAuley with the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham lays out the elements of chip design and manufacturing Read more…

Mining for Efficiencies Post Moore’s Law

Apr 17, 2014 |

Computers are so much more than the interface most Web-connected humans interact with on a daily basis. While many of us take for granted the thousands of instructions that must be communicated across a vast array of hardware and software, this is not the case for the computer scientists and engineers working to shave nanoseconds Read more…

Carbon Nanotubes Aid Microprocessor Cooling

Jan 23, 2014 |

The semiconductor industry is facing several hurdles in developing the next generation of microprocessors. As more and more transistors are squeezed onto a chip, overheating threatens to negate performance gains. Countering this is a two-step process that begins with getting the heat out of the chip and onto the circuit board, where it can then Read more…

Moore’s Law in a Post-Silicon Era

Jan 10, 2014 |

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…

HPC Progress: No More Free Lunch

Dec 11, 2013 |

As HPC news hits its end-of-year slump before the raft of new activity begins anew in January, what better time to take in some SC13 highlights that you may have missed. During the show, NVIDIA Corp. hosted a number of compelling booth sessions at its GPU Technology Theatre, and full videos of these talks are Read more…