What's New

  • GPU chip key to Low Power Image Recognition Challenge - Winners of recent RC-sponsored LPIRC contest used NVIDIA computing modules with graphics processing unit (GPU) chips.
  • IRDS Featured in IEEE Institute - The International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS) is a new IEEE Standards Association initiative co-sponsored by Rebooting Computing.
  • Parallel Supercomputing - Panel at ISC16 conference discussed importance of parallel programming in future exascale computing systems.
  • KiloCore Parallel Computing Chip - Researchers at the University of California at Davis designed and tested a custom chip with 1000 processors operating in parallel, which can carry out more than 100 billion instructions per second while dissipating less than 1 W.
  • Quantum Manifesto in Europe - European Union research consortium plans to spend 1 billion euros over the next ten years on research into quantum computing, quantum communication, and other novel technologies.
  • The Boolean Logic Tax - Erik DeBenedictis points out that Boolean logic imposes an energy tax on computer circuit performance, and how this may be avoided.
  • Intel promotes new low-power device technologies - Tunneling transistors and spintronic devices reduce power compared to CMOS, which is more critical than increasing speed.

Feature Article

Feature Article

Ultra-Low-Power Chips

This article in IEEE Design and Test Magazine focuses on ultra-low-power chips for the Internet of Things (IoT). These may include not only digital logic, but also non-volatile memory, analog components, and sensors. Power consumption may be minimized to such a level that energy harvesting techniques may be sufficient for operation. For IoT, low cost and low power may be more critical than traditional metrics of speed and performance.

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Technology Spotlight

Technology Spotlight

The End of Moore’s Law and IEEE Rebooting Computing

At a recent Student Leadership Conference of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), the IEEE Honor Society, Dr. Elie Track, the co-chair of RC, presented an overview of the implications of the end of traditional Moore’s Law scaling, and how IEEE Rebooting Computing is reimagining the entire computing enterprise to continue performance improvements into the future.

Watch the videos of his presentation here.

For more information on HKN and its various academic chapters, see here.