In May 2016, IEEE announced the formation of the IRDS as part of the Industry Connections Program of the IEEE Standards Association, under the sponsorship of IEEE Rebooting Computing. In March 2017, the IRDS team published nine foundational white papers that outline the technical components required to create an official roadmap in early 2018. To help us better understand the IRDS program and the roadmap it will soon produce, we interviewed three participating experts: Erik DeBenedictis and Matthew Marinella of Sandia National Lab and Geoffrey Burr of IBM. To listen to or download this or other RC-related podcasts, see here.
IRDS will have a preliminary release of their 2018 roadmap in November 2017 as part of Rebooting Computing Week.
The South-by-Southwest Conference in Austin TX, Nov. 10-19, 2017, included a conference track on “Intelligent Future”, with a wide range of sessions related to artificial intelligence and the future of technology.
This, in turn, included an IEEE-led panel discussion on “Going Beyond Moore’s Law”, featuring IEEE Rebooting Computing Co-Chair Tom Conte. This video from IEEE.tv provides clips of the panel presentation and interviews with some technology leaders in attendance.
The Supercomputing 2016 Conference (SC16) was held in Salt Lake City, UT, Nov. 13-18, 2017.
One of the invited talks was by Prof. Thomas Theis of Columbia University. He showed that while existing device technologies may be sufficient to achieve exascale performance, further increases in performance will require new devices and architectures. These may include low-energy approaches such as tunneling FETs, spintronic devices, and neural networks.
Dr. Theis also co-authored an article on a similar topic in the latest issue of Computing in Science and Engineering, available here.
Videos of the other invited talks from SC16 are available here.
The 2016 ICRC was held in San Diego, Oct. 17-19, 2016. As part of a government funding panel, Dr. William Vanderlinde of the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (https://www.iarpa.gov/) discussed IARPA research programs in support of the National Strategic Computing Initiative. Specific projects include such unconventional computing approaches as quantum computing, superconducting computing, and neuromorphic computing.
The 2016 ICRC was held in San Diego, Oct. 17-19, 2016. David Mountain of the Laboratory for Physical Sciences in Maryland presented a talk comparing digital CMOS to analog memristor implementations of neural networks for scaling to neuromorphic computers.
The 2016 TTM meeting sponsored by IEEE Future Directions was held in San Diego, Sept. 20-21, 2016. The theme was “Making the Future”. Many of the presentations were recorded by IEEE.tv. Watch the presentations here.
One presentation was a panel on Rebooting Computing, with panelists Elie Track, Tom Conte, Stan Williams, and Bob Voigt.