- 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.
- Details about National Strategic Computer Initiative Slowly Emerging - White House inter-agency program on future computer technology is still being formulated.
- Intel promotes new low-power device technologies - Tunneling transistors and spintronic devices reduce power compared to CMOS, which is more critical than increasing speed.
- Continuing Progress in Neuromorphic Computing - Two European neuromorphic computing systems available to external users.
- RC and Internet of Things - RC Committee Member David Mountain talks about cybersecurity, IoT, and RC.
- Nanotechnology Grand Challenge - Nanocomputers that can learn - RC is collaborating on a White Paper for a government-sponsored research program into small, low-power "Sensible Machines".
This online article in Semiconducting Engineering features “Near-Threshold Computing,” whereby the transistors operate at reduced voltage near the threshold for switching. This can sharply reduce system power, which is critical for applications such as mobile computing and the Internet of Things. The device speed may be reduced somewhat, but that may be acceptable for some applications. However, this also increases device variability and reliability, which must be properly modeled by the design tools. To optimize power reduction, the reduced-voltage must apply to both logic and memory circuits. While these approaches have been known for some time, they are now becoming more widespread in a variety of applications.
The Machine: The Future of Computing
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is promoting their new Memory-Driven Computer System known as “The Machine”, which they argue will revolutionize computing. Using hundreds of petabytes (~ 1017) of fast universal memory, this will enable more effective access and analysis of Big Data, with greater energy efficiency, speed, security, and convenience.
For further information on “The Machine” see here.
- Rebooting Computing Video Overview
- IEEE Computer Magazine on Rebooting Computing
- Thinking Outside the Chip
- Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems
- Low-Power Image Recognition Challenge
- RC-ITRS Report on the Foundation of the New Computer Industry Beyond 2020
- 3 Scenarios for Exascale Computing
- Electronics Butterfly Effect
- US Government Report on IT Research Funding
- New ITRS 2.0 Website
- New National HPC Strategy
- Future of Computer Architectures
- The Future of Exascale Computing
- Computing Needs a Reboot
- Report on Neuro-Inspired Computational Elements Workshop