[Beowulf] Moores Law is dying

Steve Herborn herborn at usna.edu
Tue Apr 14 09:12:07 PDT 2009

Almost exactly four years ago Gordon Moore himself predicted his own law's


Moore said: "It can't continue forever. The nature of exponentials is that
you push them out and eventually disaster happens." 




                          Steven A. Herborn

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From: "Ken Schuster" <ken at kschuster.org>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 2:29:17 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [Beowulf] Moores Law is dying

>An IBM researcher says Moore's Law is running out of gas. IBM Fellow Carl
Anderson, who
>oversees physical design and tools in its server division, predicted the
end of continued exponential
>scaling down of the size and cost of semiconductors: 
>"There was exponential growth in the railroad industry in the 1800s; there
was exponential
>growth in the automobile industry in the 1930s and 1940s; and there was
exponential growth
>in the performance of aircraft until [test pilots reached] the speed of
sound. But eventually
>exponential growth always comes to an end," said Anderson. 
Mmm ... he may be right, but I do not like his historical references which
to conflate engineering and economics.  Better to refer to the improvement
magnets or something similar.  But, I like the speed of sound reference
it suggests that there is a Moore's Law barrier to be broken.  There is a
lot of
talk about "walls" these days ... the memory wall, the power wall, ... but
we with
respect compute power we have a ways to go before we reach the Bremermann

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