Processor 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 (ARM)


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 such as:

  • 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 devices?
  • 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 segment?
  • 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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