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Scientists Ponder Magnetite for Potential Transistor Breakthrough

Aug 9, 2013 |

As computer chips got faster over the years, chip designers have experimented with exotic semiconductor materials, including forms of arsenic, in hope of exceeding the performance limitations imposed by silicon. It turns out that a potential 1,000x boost in switching speeds may be had by utilizing good old magnetite, the common magnetic mineral found all over the earth.

Workshop Focuses on Use of Manycore and Accelerator-based Computing for Advancing Science

Dec 16, 2009 |

Online, at conferences and in theory, manycore processors and the use of accelerators such as GPUs and FPGAs are being viewed as the next big revolution in high performance computing. If they can live up to the potential, these accelerators could someday transform how computational science is performed, providing much more computing power and energy efficiency.