08 Apr '11, 7pm

How Will Energy Change Computing?: In the relatively near future, some of the most advanced computers in the w...

How Will Energy Change Computing?: In the relatively near future, some of the most advanced computers in the w...

In the relatively near future, some of the most advanced computers in the world might do their best work when guessing. Lyric Semiconductor, a startup out of MIT, wants to develop a series of chips that will solve problems by applying principles of probability. To solve a Sudoku puzzle, for instance, a regular computer will examine every single combination of numbers to determine the correct answer. By contrast, a computer with Lyric’s GP5 chips might consider a few puzzle strategies and intuitively derive an answer. Lyric’s chip will not have examined all of the permutations, but it will likely come up with the same answer. And it will use less time and far less energy in the process. The probability versus precision debate, which has gone on since the 18th century, is part of a larger question about the future of computing in an energy-challenged world. Computers in some...

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