General Articles - 2016


Energy Harvesting and Power Management

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.


21st Century User Interface Design

See here for Guest Editors’ Introduction to this special issue of IEEE Computer Magazine.


IEEE Technology Time Machine

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.


New White House Panel on the Future of the Semiconductor Industry

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.


Analog and Neuromorphic Chips for Robotics

While universal digital chips are preferred for conventional logic, analog chips may be more compatible with neural networks needed for robotic applications.


Sorting out Next-Generation Memory Technologies

A variety of new memory technologies are coming to market, including MRAM, ReRAM, Phase Change, and 3D XPoint.


Energy-Efficient Computing

Special issue of IEEE Computer Magazine, Oct. 2016. Reducing power consumption is essential for future computing on both the large and small scales.


New White House Report on the Future of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Office of Science and Technology Policy recommends that the US government should play a role in promoting research and setting standards.


First International IEEE Conference on Rebooting Computing (ICRC 2016)

ICRC 2016 was held in San Diego, CA, October 17-19, 2016. Highlights of ICRC 2016 now available.


The Next Wave of Deep Learning Applications

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.


Next-Generation Computing Paradigms

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.


Spintronics: Special Issue of Proceedings of the IEEE

Spintronic devices have received much attention recently for next-generation non-volatile memory and logic applications.


Dreaming of 100 ExaFLOPS in 2030

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.


Workshop on Neuromorphic Computing, June 29-July 1, 2016

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.


Looking Beyond CMOS Technology for Future HPC

A recent workshop addressed a variety of future technologies for High Performance Computing. Many of the presentations are available online.


Update on NSCI

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.


New ITRS 2.0 Roadmap

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™).


Report on Dark Silicon

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.


Carbon Nanotube Computers

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.


Energy-Efficient Data Centers

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.


New Chinese Supercomputer Breaks Record

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.


Thomas Sterling at ISC 2016

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.


New Report on Future High Performance Computing

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) recommends coordinated development within US supercomputing industry and users.


IBM Puts Quantum Processing in the Cloud

IBM has been developing small quantum computers, based on superconducting circuits cooled to ultra-low temperatures. Now outsiders can access the “IBM Quantum Experience”.


More Than Moore: IEEE to Standardize on Uncertainty

RC Co-Chair Tom Conte comments on new International Roadmap for Devices and Systems.


Is Moore’s Law Really Ending? Or Will Something Else Continue the Trend?

Walden Rhines of Mentor Graphics argues that Moore’s Law is really just a special case of a general technological learning curve.


New Chip Designed for Machine Learning

NVIDIA introduces record-breaking GPU chip with 15 billion transistors, optimized for deep learning, for applications such as real-time image recognition.


IEEE International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS™)

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.


The OpenHPC Community

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.


IEEE Software Magazine: Special issue on Big Data Software Engineering

This article provides an overview of the contributions to this topic, reflecting a variety of challenges and tradeoffs.


IEEE Micro Magazine: Special Issue on Near-Data Processing

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.


New IEEE Journal on Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits (JXCDC)

All articles are online and open access.


Going Beyond Moore’s Law

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.


IEEE Design and Test Magazine Special Issue on Approximate Computing

5 feature articles on approximate computing, focusing on improving energy efficiency for error-tolerant applications.


Energy-Efficient Computing: From Devices to Architectures (E2CDA)

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.


Single-Chip Microprocessor with Integrated Photonic Interconnects

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.


IEEE Computer Magazine Special Issue on Rebooting Computing

Seven feature articles on alternative approaches to future computing.


4th IEEE Rebooting Computing Summit (RCS 4)

“Roadmapping the Future of Computing” - Washington DC, Dec. 9-11, 2015
Summit Report and Presentations at RCS 4 available.