Issue No. 01 - January (1998 vol. 31)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/2.641976
<p>Chip architects from Sun, Cyrix, Motorola, Mips, Intel, and Digital see challenges rather than walls in micro-processor design. They share their in-sights in this virtual roundtable. </p> <p><li>Introduction</li> <li>In "Increasing Work, Pushing the Clock," Mark Tremblay discusses the conflicting goals of improving how much work a processor does per cycle and at the same time shortening the cycle time.</li> <li>In "Reining in Complexity," Greg Grohoski says we need to reduce the processor complexity to spend less time debugging that complexity. </li> <li>In "Specialization: A Way of Life," Brad Burgess thinks tightly interwoven designs will better support focused applications. </li> <li>In "Challenges, Not Roadblocks," Earl Killian is confident the industry will solve foreseeable problems. He sees "big data" problems as key design drivers. </li> <li>In "Maintaining a Leading Position," Robert Colwell sees a convergence of factors that make validation a big concern. He foresees future computers as communication enhancement devices. </li> <li>In "Managing Problems at High Speed," Paul I. Rubinfeld names five issues as important to processor design and discusses some challenges specific to high-speed processor design.</li> </p> <p>Despite the competitiveness of their field, these six architects shared several insights of interest to those not intimately connected with processor design. </p> <p>This virtual roundtable concludes by highlighting a technology trend we should hear more about in 1998. In "Introduction to Predication," Wen-mei Hwu explains the technique that is a major change embodied in Intel's next-generation, 64-bit architecture. </p>
J. Wilson, "Roundtable Introduction," in Computer, vol. 31, no. , pp. 39, 1998.