Continuing Moore’s Law Beyond the Limits of CMOS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
ART 1.102
Free and open to the public

Traditional technology scaling trends have slowed, motivating many to proclaim the end of Moore’s law and the end of CMOS process technology. While the alarmists predict a cataclysmic end to computer systems, as we know them, an evolution to new technologies is more likely.

This talk will explore the recent history of computing, the relative contributions of CMOS technology scaling, computer architecture improvements and the potential for new technology to save the day.  These new computer systems will create the fifth epoch of computing.

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Doug Carmean


Doug is currently an Architect at Microsoft exploring the role of classical computer architectures in the context of complete quantum systems. Previously, Doug was an Intel Fellow and Director of the Efficient Computing Lab at Intel.

He is responsible for creating the vision and concept for the Xeon Phi family products, an architecture for highly parallel workloads including a high performance scientific applications based on Intel Architecture processors. Carmean led the team that founded a new group at Intel to define, build and productize the Xeon Phi family.

Doug joined Intel in 1989, he has held several key roles and provided leadership in Intel's microprocessor architecture development and product roadmap. As Nehalem's first chief architect, a next-generation x86 flagship processor, he led the team during the early phases of architecture definition. Prior to this position, he was a principal architect for the Pentium 4 processor where he completed the memory cluster and power architecture definition including algorithms, structures and overall functionality.

Carmean holds more than 25 patents and many pending in processor architecture and implementation, memory subsystems and low power design. He has published more than a dozen technical papers