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Binghamton University professor Timothy Miller.

Binghamton University professor Timothy Miller has received a $450,000 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to support his research on teaching computer chips how to be smarter about themselves.

Credit: Meghin Delaney/pressconnects.com

Over the next five years, Binghamton University professor Timothy Miller will focus on teaching computer chips how to be smarter about themselves. He will make use of artificial intelligence for the research project, and the results should enable systems that use the chips to run more efficiently.

Miller wants to reduce the amount of energy used by chips in devices such as smartphones, but the research should do more than dramatically increase battery life. Miller says the project also should help reduce the collective carbon footprint.

Chips are cut from the same material, but each one is different and has different characteristics. Systems that use chips plan for a large safety margin to handle the variation between chips, which wastes energy. "If you could know more about how the chip would behave, you'd be able to close the safety margin and save energy," Miller says.

He has received a $450,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation for his research.

From Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (NY)
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