The Inaugural John G. Linvill Distinguished Seminar on Electronic Systems Technology

Topic: 
The End of the Road for General Purpose Processors & the Future of Computing
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Mackenzie Room, Huang Engineering Center
Speaker: 
John L. Hennessy (Stanford)
Abstract / Description: 

Featured speaker John L. Hennessy presents "The End of the Road for General Purpose Processors & the Future of Computing" - Abstract: After 40 years of remarkable progress in VLSI microprocessors, a variety of factors are combining to lead to a much slower rate of performance growth in the future. These limitations arise from three different areas: IC technology, architectural limitations, and changing applications and usage. The end of Dennard scaling and the slowdown in Moore's Law will require more efficient architectural approaches than we have relied on to date. Although progress on general-purpose processors may hit an asymptote, domain specific architectures may be one attractive path for important classes of problems.


About the John G. Linvill Distinguished Seminar on Electronic Systems Technology:
John Linvill was a revered figure at Stanford as much for his self-effacing and unpretentious style as for his engineering foresight and his commitment to the entrepreneurial spirit. Linvill helped launch Stanford on a trajectory that would ensure Stanford's continuing leadership in electronics engineering for decades to come. These lectures have been created to help us explore our paths going forward, and to honor John Linvill's enormous legacy as both a faculty member and a department chairman, whose commitment to excellence at Stanford continues to be a model for us all. Read more about John Linvill