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How IBM Is Making Computers More Like Your Brain. For Real

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IBM interlayer cooling chips

IBM Research is working on "interlayer cooling," in which water is pumped through tiny tubes penetrating chips are piggypacked using high-speed communication technology called through-silicon vias. IBM's approach is designed to deal with overheating problems that otherwise severely limit chip stacking. The protruding pipe fittings are for connecting water-cooling tubes.

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Despite a strong philosophical connection, computers and brains inhabit separate realms in research.

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