Beyond Moore’s law: disruptive technology, opportunities and policy challenges

IIEA27th March 20172min
Since 1965 Moore’s law - the axiom that the number of transistors per square inch of an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years - has held firm. In that time it has fuelled many of the world’s greatest scientific breakthroughs.

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About the Speech:

Since 1965 Moore’s law – the axiom that the number of transistors per square inch of an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years – has held firm. In that time it has fuelled many of the world’s greatest scientific breakthroughs. But with transistors now approaching 14 nanometres across, it is rapidly coming to the end of its lifespan. If the benefits of burgeoning technologies such as wearable computing, robotics and virtual reality are to be realised, a new approach will be needed to replace it.

In his address, Professor JC Desplat outlined some of the possible solutions to the end of Moore’s Law, from customised processors to chip stacking, and the additional policy challenges these might bring in areas such as data protection.

 

 

About the Speaker:

Jean-Christophe Desplat is Director of the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), and has over 25 years’ experience in the field of high performance computing. He has served as advisor to a number of committees in Ireland and abroad, including the strategic advisory team of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the ICT sub-committee of the Irish Medical Council and the Climate Change Research Co-ordination Committee of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

His has been Director of the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) since 2012.

He is honorary professor of computational science at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and adjunct professor in the School of Physics at NUI Galway.