Hot Chips Heralds Heterogeneity

CATEGORIES : Computing/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

The annual Hot Chips conference in Silicon Valley offers a reliable window into the architectural thinking of both CPU giants and exciting start-ups. This year proved to be no exception, as architects squared off against the limitations of physics and the demands of workloads, with special attention going to the trending task of the year, […]

In-Memory Computing Versus Data Center Networks

CATEGORIES : Computing, Data Center/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

For data-center architects it seems like a no-brainer. For a wide variety of applications, from the databases behind e-commerce platforms to the big-data tools in search engines to suddenly-fashionable data analytics to scientific codes, the dominant limitation on application response time is storage latency. But DRAM keeps getting denser, and solid-state drives (SSDs) cheaper. And […]

Who Cares About Quantum Computing?

CATEGORIES : Computing/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Every now and then we see a flurry of news about quantum computing. But one recent piece rather focused the mind: a company claimed to have an encryption algorithm you will soon need, when quantum computers render today’s encryption algorithms useless. Now to the skeptic, such a claim raises questions. Right away there is curiosity. […]