Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Moore's Law Trivia.

On my recent visit to Santa Clara, I had a rather boring saturday afternoon, and was just wondering what to do, so I asked Suman, can you suggest some official "lukkhagiri"? Suman, being prompt as ever, suggested why don't you go somewhere? LA was out of question, too far away for just one guy to be driving, so suman goes to wikitravel and suggests visiting Intel museum. Not at all a bad idea for a boring saturday afternoon and that was just a mile away. It's one cool place to visit once if you are a bit techiesh. Of the several things on display there, what I liked was some trivia about Moore's Law.

The pictures besides is the picture of the original paper written by Gordon Moore.

And the next three pictures are some intersting "trivia" about the Moores' law. The one I liked the most was about the number of ants!!

All the pictures above are from Intel Technology Museum (or whatever is the official name is... Hope you get the drift)


Suman said...

Moore's law still goes strong, even though the growth in clock speeds has slowed down considerably. There's a very nice paper from Berkeley which discusses the next big trend after clock speeds in processors - multicore. The basic thing to learn from this is that increasing number of cores (like ILP, and like CPU clock speeds compared to RAM latencies) have diminishing returns after a certain limit. Read all about it at: http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-183.html

Abhijit said...

Did you check the "Free Lunch is Over" paper? http://www.gotw.ca/publications/concurrency-ddj.htm

BTW, we are speaking bout "trvia" and not some serious stuff!! :-)