General Articles - 2016
Minimizing power consumption will be essential in future mobile computing devices, and harvesting power from the environment is even better. See here for Guest Editors’ Introduction to this special issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine.
See here for Guest Editors’ Introduction to this special issue of IEEE Computer Magazine.
TTM 2016 was held in San Diego, CA, October 17-19, 2016. Sponsored by IEEE Future Directions, this conference featured initiatives on Big Data, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, Rebooting Computing, and the Brain. An overview of TTM 2016 is featured in IEEE Institute here.
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has appointed a panel of leaders in the US Semiconductor Industry to promote government efforts to strengthen the industry.
While universal digital chips are preferred for conventional logic, analog chips may be more compatible with neural networks needed for robotic applications.
A variety of new memory technologies are coming to market, including MRAM, ReRAM, Phase Change, and 3D XPoint.
Special issue of IEEE Computer Magazine, Oct. 2016. Reducing power consumption is essential for future computing on both the large and small scales.
Office of Science and Technology Policy recommends that the US government should play a role in promoting research and setting standards.
ICRC 2016 was held in San Diego, CA, October 17-19, 2016. Highlights of ICRC 2016 now available.
With the recent improvements in deep learning systems and training techniques, a wide range of applications are developing, from medicine to weather prediction to finance, as well as computer science and engineering.
IEEE Computer Magazine has a special September issue on “Emerging Computer Paradigms”, focusing on radical alternative approaches such as quantum computing, biological computing, and human-computer teaming.
Spintronic devices have received much attention recently for next-generation non-volatile memory and logic applications.
Intel Exascale architect Al Gara spoke at International Supercomputing Conference (ISC16), predicting 1000x improvement in performance in the next 15 years, based on high-bandwidth memory and interconnects.
A recent workshop on Neuromorphic Computing was held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, addressing architectures, models and applications. Many of the presentations are available online.
A recent workshop addressed a variety of future technologies for High Performance Computing. Many of the presentations are available online.
One year ago, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new multi-agency National Strategic Computing Initiative. Several new reports on NSCI and related topics have just been announced.
The International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) has issued its final report, projecting the end of traditional Moore’s Law scaling in 5 years. Future roadmaps will be prepared by the IEEE International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS™).
A new report analyzes the problem of “Dark Silicon” in present and future computing systems, where a large portion of the processor chip must be turned off during normal operation, to avoid overheating the chip.
Research at Stanford University has demonstrated a reliable integrated circuit technology of carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNFETs) that may lead to low-power, high-density computer circuits.
IEEE Internet Computing Magazine is planning a special issue on “Energy-Efficient Data Centers” in July 2017, and requests papers to be submitted by October 2016.
A new Chinese supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight exceeds 90 petaFLOPS of performance, but uses only 15 MW. This breaks previous world records of performance and energy efficiency.
Prof. Thomas Sterling of Indiana University presented the closing Keynote speech at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt Germany, June 19-23, 2016, focusing on the present and future of supercomputers.
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) recommends coordinated development within US supercomputing industry and users.
IBM has been developing small quantum computers, based on superconducting circuits cooled to ultra-low temperatures. Now outsiders can access the “IBM Quantum Experience”.
RC Co-Chair Tom Conte comments on new International Roadmap for Devices and Systems.
Walden Rhines of Mentor Graphics argues that Moore’s Law is really just a special case of a general technological learning curve.
NVIDIA introduces record-breaking GPU chip with 15 billion transistors, optimized for deep learning, for applications such as real-time image recognition.
Sponsored by the IEEE Standards Association, Computer Society, and Rebooting Computing Initiative, IRDS™ follows in the tradition of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) to provide industry-wide roadmaps for manufacture of future computer systems and devices.
A suite of free, open-source tools and modules for Linux Clusters for High-Performance Computing is being developed, sponsored by an international consortium of software and hardware manufacturers, government laboratories, and supercomputing centers.
This article provides an overview of the contributions to this topic, reflecting a variety of challenges and tradeoffs.
Conventional computing approaches separate logic from memory. This separation is increasing the bottleneck for computing performance. Near-data processing (NDP) considers alternative architectures that enable dramatic speedup.
All articles are online and open access.
Computer speed and circuit density have been saturating due to limits of scaling. New industry roadmaps reflect alternative approaches to performance enhancement after Moore’s Law ends.
5 feature articles on approximate computing, focusing on improving energy efficiency for error-tolerant applications.
A new program for university research funding into novel energy-efficient computing is jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation. The submission deadline is March 28, 2016.
A CMOS microprocessor has been integrated with photonic interconnects and photodetectors using standard silicon fabricated processes, in a collaborative research project at UC Berkeley, MIT, and University of Colorado.
Seven feature articles on alternative approaches to future computing.
“Roadmapping the Future of Computing” - Washington DC, Dec. 9-11, 2015
Summit Report and Presentations at RCS 4 available.