So I saw this when it was announced yesterday, but I wasn’t (and I’m still not) sure how to cover it. Here’s a link to the release, along with an excerpt.
A prototype of what may be the next generation of personal computers has been developed by researchers in the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. Capable of computing speeds 100 times faster than current desktops, the technology is based on parallel processing on a single chip.
The release is aimed at my mom and dad, with no technology details. Obviously we’re already doing parallel processing on a single chip. There is a hint that there is some new software in there somewhere
“The ‘software’ challenge is: Can you manage all the different tasks and workers so that the job is completed in 3 minutes instead of 300?” Vishkin continued. “Our algorithms make that feasible for general-purpose computing tasks for the first time.”
The release has quotes from Burton Smith and a few other well-knowns. I’ll dig into and see if there’s anything interesting in there. In the meantime, consider yourself as having a heads up…and if you know anything about this, email me or leave a comment sharing what you know.