- Update of National Strategic Computing Initiative - New Report from US Office of Science and Technology Policy addresses changes from original 2016 plan, including new emphasis on cybersecurity.
- Quantum Volume Explained - Metric promoted by IBM for comparing prototype quantum computing systems.
- Quantum Supremacy? - Google’s quantum tech milestone excites scientists and spurs rivals.
- Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap - Industry consortium SEMI announces new 15-year roadmap for electronic packaging and systems.
- Low-energy alternative to Bitcoin? - New financial algorithms are secure but much more energy-efficient than blockchains.
- Carbon Nanotube Microprocessor - 16-bit programmable processor based on 3D integrated circuit including 15,000 transistors.
- Moore’s Law for Circuit Density is Continuing - Smaller circuits and 3D integration may enable growth in density for 30 years.
- Artificial Intelligence Roadmap Released by Computing Community Consortium - Project key areas of collaborative research over next 20 years in academia, industry, and government.
- Secure Computer Architectures - Special Issue of IEEE Micro Magazine
- Wafer-Scale Fabrication of 3D Carbon Nanotube Chips - Integrated with RRAM memory arrays
- Processing in Memory to Reduce Power - Non-von-Neumann architecture could be key to low-power machine learning.
- Photonic Neural Network - Researchers in Germany and UK demonstrate pattern recognition in all-optical chip.
- Microsoft Open Source Quantum Computing Software - Q# language and quantum development kit enable programming quantum simulators.
Thermodynamic Computing Workshop Report
Thermodynamic Computing is a new concept for future energy-efficient computing, inspired by thermodynamics and biological self-organizing systems.
A Visioning Workshop on Thermodynamic Computing was held in January 2019, in Honolulu, Hawaii, sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC).
The report on this workshop is now available at the Computing Research Association (PDF, 3 MB).
An overview of the report is available at the CCC Blog.
The architecture of a thermodynamic computer is still being envisioned. This workshop brought together a wide variety of researchers in electrical and computer engineering, physics, and biology. This is related to other approaches such as reversible and stochastic computing, but also envisions “intelligent” systems that are self-organizing and self-programming. This may also represent a class of computers that are intermediate between classical von-Neumann computers and quantum computers that are currently in the research stage. The report recommended continued research into the theory, devices, and architectures of thermodynamic computers.
IEEE ICRC Keynote: Developing our Quantum Future
Dr. Krysta Svore, General Manager of Quantum Software at Microsoft
At the IEEE International Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC) in San Francisco, California, on 6 November 2019, Dr. Svore presented the keynote address on Quantum Computing at Microsoft.
Microsoft has an extended quantum computing program with multiple collaborations worldwide, going from novel device development through system architectures to algorithms and software. An overview is available at Microsoft, and a brief 2-minute video is available on YouTube.
On the software end, these include a Quantum Development Kit. Cloud access to a variety of types of experimental qubits will soon be available through Azure Quantum, as described in a recent article from Wired.
Dr. Svore emphasized that useful applications of these prototype quantum computing systems are not expected in the near future, but that in the meantime, developers are encouraged to use the Microsoft tools to identify applications where quantum algorithms will have the greatest impact.
The entire Keynote address by Dr. Svore is available at the bottom of the ICRC 2019 Highlights page.
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- RC White Paper on Nanocomputers
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