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Steve Hamm and John Kelly

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168564

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168564.001.0001

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Designing Data-centric Computers

Designing Data-centric Computers

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Smart Machines

John E. Kelly

Steve Hamm

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the development of the data-centric computer that will greatly reduce the amount of movement required in data processing. This new design puts the data, rather than the microprocessor, at the center. It will perform computations faster, make sense of large amounts of data, and be more energy efficient. In a concept called the hybrid memory cube, engineers will integrate memory with logic and messaging in dense, three-dimensional packages. The design will require ninety percent less space than today's memory chips, and seventy percent less energy. In time, memory cubes will likely have their own processors attached to them. They will be used in next-generation server farms to greatly reduce the amount of space and electricity required. Furthermore, the technology will make it possible to pack an immense amount of computing resources into smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices.

Keywords:   data-centric computer, data processing, hybrid memory cube, memory chips, server farms, computing resources

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