What's New

  • New Efficient Cache Memory Directory for Multi-Core Processors - Current trends are increasing the number N of processor cores, but overhead associated with shared memories increases sharply as N increases. A group at MIT has developed a more efficient directory design to relieve this problem.
  • IBM Research Topics - Eight key research areas are identified: 7 nm fab, quantum computing, neurosynaptic computing, Si photonics, III-V integration, C nanotubes, graphene, and tunnel FETs.
  • 90 GHz photonic emitters - Duke University researchers demonstrate nanopatch plasmonic antennas and quantum dots that can transmit on-chip signals at 90 GHz and above with high efficiency.
  • Neuromorphic Computer Compares to Mouse Brain - IBM research demonstrates prototype neuromorphic computing system with 48 million electronic neurons, based on True North low-power chips, for running deep learning algorithms.

Feature Article

Feature Article

Benchmarking of Beyond-CMOS Exploratory Devices for Logic Integrated Circuits

This article by Nikonov and Young compares the performance of several different classes of emerging nanodevices, which are either electronic, ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, or magnetoelectric. This is published in the first issue of the new IEEE Journal of Exploratory Computational Devices and Circuits, an open-access online publication.

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Technology Spotlight

Technology Spotlight

Software Architecture of HP’s new Memory Driven Computer, “The Machine”

HP’s radical new computer system, “The Machine”, will be based around enormous multi-Terabyte universal non-volatile memory that is directly addressable, accessed via fast optical links. Dr. Kim Keeton of HP Labs discusses the new software structures that will be required to take advantage of the new hardware architecture.

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For further information on the architecture of The Machine, see here.