The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently sponsored a summit on the future of the US electronics and computer industries, announcing funding for a wide variety of industry/university research consortia.
Unnecessary precision wastes energy, which is critical for both small mobile devices and large data centers. Approximate computing comprises a range of approaches in software and hardware to enhance efficiency for applications that do not require high precision. See here for the Guest Editors Introduction.
New report from US Dept. of Energy, Exascale Computing Project, on software development tools for the next generation of Exascale Computers
Q&A with Prof. Gert Cauwenberghs of University of California at San Diego, on neuromorphic circuits and brain-machine interfaces
This included 5 Keynote talks on topics including “The Future of Computing” and the “A New Golden Age of Computer Architecture”
Custom CMOS chip designed to solve optimization problems may be alternative to analog quantum annealing systems.
Conference held Dec. 2017 at NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA. Keynote Presentations are available online.
Cover story in May/June IEEE Micro Magazine
Cover story of IEEE Computer Magazine, April 2018.
The next 15 years in the electronics and computer industries promise to be both challenging and exciting. See here for predictions on diverse topics such as Application Benchmarking, Systems and Architectures, Emerging Materials, and Beyond CMOS.
Computing with random pulses may have application to retinal implants and neural networks.
The latest Nvidia GPUs enable improved performance for deep learning and for parallel supercomputers.
Researchers at Northwestern University develop multi-terminal devices from molybdenum disulfide that may enable neuromorphic computing.
The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) of the US Department of Energy has released a set of Podcasts addressing various topics in software, hardware, and applications.
JUMP program is providing $200M over 5 years for 6 US universities, in centers covering diverse topics including nanotechnology, processing-in-memory, and brain-inspired computing.
The Big Data and Extreme-Scale Computing (BDEC) working group has issued a new report on Pathways to Convergence of HPC and Big Data in future technology.
For certain approximate calculations, analog chips may offer increased speed at reduced power. An article in IEEE Spectrum reviews the history and future prospects of analog and hybrid analog-digital chips.
IEEE Spectrum reports on a Qualcomm study of several alternative designs for transistors at scales of 5 nm and beyond, including a nanoring structure with reduced capacitance.
IEEE Micro Magazine has a Nov/Dec special issue on ultra-low-power processors for the Internet-of-Things and other applications.
Leading experts in the IEEE Computer Society identified 10 computer industry trends that are likely to become widespread during 2018, including Deep Learning, Digital Currencies, and Blockchain.