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Professor Tom Conte Presents on Post-Moore Computing at NMMB Spring 2018 Meeting

The future of computing in the post-Moore era is always on the mind of computer architects. For decades, transistors per microchip doubled every 18 months, enabling faster, more innovative machines. How do we keep pushing computers forward even as this era ends?

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The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s National Materials and Manufacturing Board (NMMB) Spring 2018 Meeting will address this question with its session Moore’s Law: Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Going in an Age at the End of Scaling on March 20 at the National Academies in Washington, D.C.

Tom Conte, a School of Computer Science professor and co-director of the Post-Moore–focused Center for Research into Novel Computing Hierarchies (CRNCH), joins the event to offer his perspective on technology and alternative paths.

The session is part of a larger daylong event during which the NMMB hopes to identify areas that could impact government policymakers and program managers. Specialized electronics are integral to the defense industry, which needs reliable products that can be produced at low cost.

The post-Moore era is ripe for opportunities in technological innovation but could also present challenges in policy and economics. During this session, industry, academia, and government experts will discuss what the future of computing faces—from how to prolong the life of transistors to exploring alternative materials and architectures to push it forward.

The session will be divided into three panels on:

  • Dennard Scaling / Equivalent Scaling
  • Alternative trajectories, evaluating different materials
  • Economics and policy