Design in the Year 2020: The Impact of Ubiquitous, Pervasive, and Mobile
Computing on Next-Generation Processor Design
Moderator/Panelist: Luiz Barroso (Google), Doug Carmean
(Intel), Krisztián Flautner
In recent years, processor
design has evolved from high-performance, power hungry,
and expensive desktop and server processors to include lower performance,
power efficient, and inexpensive processors that power smart cellphones, netbooks/mobile
internet devices (MIDs) to laptops. Although
technological trends have allowed for the realization of these new devices,
what is unclear is the impact that these devices will have on processor,
compiler and operating system research and design. Given the potentially
transformative nature of these devices, this panel will discuss questions
- How will economics and market share affect
future desktop/server processor design, if at all?
- What is the direction and impact that
multi-core processors will have on the processor design of low-end
- How will smart cellphones,
netbooks/MIDs, and other future mobile devices
impact processor design? How will cloud computing impact processor
design? Will companies design
processors from the “ground up” to target these low-end devices or migrate older processor designs into this market
- Will these new devices result in an
increased or decreased number of ISAs,
operating systems, or companies designing processors?
- How will process variation, soft errors, and
other factors that could require additional design and/or verification
cost impact the design of low-end devices?
- What role, if any, will hardware
accelerators play in low-end devices?
- How will the research and design of high-end
processors affect the design of low-end devices, and vice-versa?
Check back soon for position statements of the panelists.
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