The Fundamentals: Moore’s Law, Microarchitecture, and the Microprocessor of the year 2014

Speaker Professor Yale Patt
The University of Texas at Austin
CECS Host Professor Jean-Luc Gaudiot
Location McDonnell Douglas Auditorium
Date & Time December 9, 2003
Refreshments at 1:15pm, Lecture begins at 1:30pm
Abstract Moore’s Law promises very soon more than a billion transistors on a chip processing at more than 10 GHz. But, what else does Moore ‘s Law tell us about the future of high performance microprocessors. Is there anything left to do in the microarchitecture to make use of all this capability, or should we fold our tents and go home? Many claim we have reached the end of our rope. In this talk, I hope to spend a little time discussing the rationale of the naysayer and then move on to what we can do. Per usual, I plan to tie my comments to the fundamentals, because I believe it is always the fundamentals that provide the insights to new knowledge. Finally, I will discuss what I think we will see in the microprocessor of the year 2014, including the block-structured ISA, stronger use of SSMT, greater use of microcode, dedicated infrequently used functional units, and most importantly, a stronger coupling with the compiler, language, and algorithm technologies. If time permits, I will discuss some things I do not think we will see on the chip, like qbits and machines that think.
Biography Yale Patt is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Centennial Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He directs the Ph.D. research of 12 graduate students in computer architecture and teaches both the freshman introduction to computing and his graduate course in Microarchitecture. He has received the highest honors in his field for his research and teaching, including the 1996 IEEE/ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award for his contributions to high performance microprocessor design and the 2000 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award for his contributions to education. He has had, for the past 35 years, an active consulting practice, including long term associations with Intel, Digital, NCR, Motorola, and others. His freshman textbook “Introduction to Computing Systems: from bits and gates to C and beyond,” has been adopted by more than 100 universities world-wide. It is co-authored with Professor Sanjay Patel of the University of Illinois . McGraw-Hill just released the second edition this fall. Yale Patt is a Fellow of both the IEEE and the ACM.