## Whither Moore's Law; Introducing Koomey's Law 105

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from the more-i-mean-less-power dept.

from the more-i-mean-less-power dept.

Joining the ranks of accepted submitters, Beorytis writes

*"MIT Technology review reports on a recent paper by Stanford professor Dr. Jon Koomey, which claims to show that the energy efficiency of computing doubles every 1.5 years. Note that efficiency is considered in terms of a fixed computing load, a point soon to be lost on the mainstream press. Also interesting is a graph in a related blog post that really highlights the meaning of the 'fixed computing load' assumption by plotting computations per kWh vs. time. An early hobbyist computer, the Altair 8800 sits right near the Cray-1 supercomputer of the same era."*
## Re:Theoretical limits? (Score:5, Informative)

Yes, there is if you "erase" intermediate results -- look up 'von Neumann-Landauer limit', kT*ln(2) energy must be dissipated for non-reversible computation.

Reversible computation can theoretically approach zero energy dissipation.

Wikipedia is your friend! :)

Paul B.

## Re:Theoretical limits? (Score:4, Informative)

Since the energy is only required when information is erased, reversible computing can get around this requirement. Aside from basic physics-level problems with building these logic gates, the problem with reversible computing is that it effectively requires keeping each intermediate result. Still, once we get down to anywhere close to the kT ln 2 physical constraint, reversible logic is going to look very attractive.

## Re:Theoretical limits? (Score:5, Informative)