Back to the Future of Natlab: Computers Yet to Come

FRIDAY AFTERNOON LECTURE: COMPUTERS YET TO COME 
LIVESTREAM: http://openwebcast.nl/?p=3206 
SEPTEMBER 20, TIME: 15.30-16.30

‘Researchers with sufficient freedom and an open mind are most likely to be successful’, proclaimed Gilles Holst the first Director of the famous Philis Natlab. Together with EIT ICT Labs partners Holst Centre, Technical University Eindhoven and in collaboration with High Tech Campus, Baltan Laboratories and Eindhoven2013, we present: Ivan Sutherland. 

Ivan Sutherland (USA) is the INVENTOR OF THE FIRST GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE.  In his talk Computers Yet to Come, Sutherland shares his vision on the essence of computing and computer programming, showing us that our current mode of operation is based on outdated paradigms that originate from the time that computers just started to emerge.

When computers were new, vacuum tube logic was very expensive relative to the wires used to communicate between logic units. The intervening 65 years have completely reversed that cost structure. Today, transistor logic is essentially free and communication is the major cost of computing. Wires for communication occupy nearly all chip area, cost most of the delay and, worst of all, charging and discharging wires costs most of the energy computers use. In spite of this complete reversal in the relative cost of logic and communication, there has been little change in how we compute. Programming languages still focus on operations and fail to provide control over communication. Ivan Sutherland will elaborate on possible angles to tackle this ‘mismatch’, for example by moving algorithms from software to hardware. We’re long overdue for a fresh look at the architecture of computing systems. ‘Computers yet to come’ will be very different from those of today. 

 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON LECTURES
SEPTEMBER 20
NATLAB, KASTANJELAAN 500,
STRIJP-S, EINDHOVEN
TIME: 15.30-16.30
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