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Submission + - The Fight Against Dark Silicon

An anonymous reader writes: What do you do when chips get too hot to take advantage of all of those transistors that Moore's Law provides? You turn them off, and end up with a lot of dark silicon — transistors that lie unused because of power limitations.

As detailed in MIT Technology Review, Researchers at UC San Diego are fighting dark silicon with a new kind of processor for mobile phones that employs a hundred or so specialized cores. They achieve 11x improvement in energy efficiency by doing so.

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The Fight Against Dark Silicon

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Keep the number of passes in a compiler to a minimum. -- D. Gries

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