Sounds complicated but exciting.
A brand new chip under development by Nano-Engineered Computing Systems Technology could increase processing speeds by a factor of 1000, according to a Rebooting Computing special issue of the IEE Computer journal. This kind of performance is achieved by “integrating processors and memory like floors in a skyscraper and by connecting these components with millions of “vias,” which play the role of tiny electronic elevators,” according to the magazine.
“We have assembled a group of top thinkers and advanced technologies to create a platform that can meet the computing demands of the future,” commented Associate Professor Subhasish Mitra.
Professor H.-S. Philip Wong added: “When you combine higher speed with lower energy use, N3XT systems outperform conventional approaches by a factor of a thousand.”
“There are huge volumes of data that sit within our reach and are relevant to some of society’s most pressing problems from health care to climate change, but we lack the computational horsepower to bring this data to light and use it,” Stanford’s Chris Re said. “As we all hope in the N3XT project, we may have to boost horsepower to solve some of these pressing challenges.”
Of course, this kind of computing knowledge and nomenclature is alien to me, so I don’t have much to say on it. I suppose you can just check out the original report, and see if you can wrest more sense from it than I managed to do, in any case.