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Thermodynamics of Computation: Far More Than Counting Bit Erasure

David Wolpert from the Santa Fe Institute gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The thermodynamic restrictions on all systems that perform computation provide major challenges to modern design of computers. As a result, the time is ripe to pursue a new field of science and engineering: a modern thermodynamics of computation. This would combine the resource/time tradeoffs of concern in conventional CS with the thermodynamic tradeoffs in computation that are now being revealed. In this way we should be able to develop the tools necessary both for analyzing thermodynamic costs in biological systems and for engineering next-generation computers.”

Dr. Marius Stan Presents: Uncertainty of Thermodynamic Data – Humans and Machines

Marius Stan from Argonne gave this talk at the 2017 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. Famous for his part-time acting role on the Breaking Bad TV show, Marius Stan is a physicist and a chemist interested in non-equilibrium thermodynamics, heterogeneity, and multi-scale computational science for energy applications. The goal of his research is to discover or design materials, structures, and device architectures for nuclear energy and energy storage.