R. Stanley Williams, a senior fellow at Hewlett Packard Labs, proposes no longer following Moore's Law in chipmaking, saying in a recent research paper that the end of Moore's Law "could be the best thing that has happened to computing in decades."
Williams argues Moore's Law has constrained innovation in computer design, and moving past it will enable engineers and researchers to think more creatively. He envisions computers patched together from chips and accelerators, and memory-driven computing enabled by a faster bus.
Williams also sees much potential in neuromorphic computing. "Although our understanding of brains today is limited, we know enough now to design and build circuits that can accelerate certain computational tasks," he says. Williams says machine learning and similar applications make a strong case for developing new types of chips, and he suggests application-specific integrated circuits and field-programmable gate arrays could contribute significantly to pushing computing beyond Moore's Law.
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