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Physics & Astronomy Colloquium
April 26 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Brian D. Hoskins (NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, NIST)
Title: Beyond Von Neumann: How the end of Moore’s Law is changing computer hardware.
Abstract: Moore’s Law, or the continuous growth of transistor density in traditional CPUs, is coming to an end and bringing with it the end of continuously improving computer performance. Computer scientists and electrical engineers have responded by developing increasingly sophisticated algorithms and integrated circuits, often biologically inspired, to exploit existing technology to its fullest extent. These new brain-like, or neuromorphic systems, are memory intensive and are not efficiently implemented in traditional computer architectures based on conventional CMOS circuitry. With processor speeds and efficiency stalling, research has been gearing up to develop entirely new hardware platforms which natively implement these new computing approaches. In this talk, I’ll discuss the existing landscape in neuromorphic computing, concrete examples of nanotechnology leading to new kinds of computers, and what NIST is doing to develop and study these systems.
The colloquia will be preceded by light refreshments in GL227 from 3:30 – 3:45p.m.