Shedding light on the era of Dark silicon

Posted: Sep 07, 2015 (Nanowerk News) Researchers at Lancaster University are racing against time to find smart solutions to the rapidly advancing era of ‘dark silicon’. We will soon live in an era where perhaps more than 80 per cent of computer processors’ transistors must be powered off and ‘remain dark’ at any time to prevent the chip from overheating. Hardware design is rapidly evolving to prevent this need to ‘power down’ transistors and coming up with innovative solutions. But these improvements at hardware level bring with them complexities which are tricky for compilers to contend with. Unless we can find ways of helping compilers keep pace with these hardware changes they will no longer be able to efficiently translate high-level programming language or source code used by software into…

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