Intel CTO Predicts Multi-Multi Core Processing, Spintronic Memory and Infinite Battery Life

January 20 2009 / by Alvis Brigis
Category: Technology   Year: 2015   Rating: 5 Hot

Unsurprisingly, Intel CTO Justin Rattner believes that accelerating computation will soon transform our everyday lives and experiences, perhaps enabling a not-too-distant Singularity.

In this exclusive Future Blogger interview, shot at the Singularity Summit, Rattner lays out his core near-term predictions for the field of computing:

Rattner's core prognostications include Massively Multi-Core Processing, and Evolving Memory Hierarcy and Infinite Battery Life.

Multi-Multi Core Processing: "Certainly systems based on processors with large numbers of individual processing elements are a major part of what we're going to see in the middle of the next decade."

Changing Memory Hierarchy: "There are also important advances and changes taking place in the memory hierarchy and perhaps the most important one of those is the use of non-volatile memory... like phase change memory and even starting to look at some spin based memories, magnetic memory."

Infinite Battery Life / Increasing Human-Tech Integration: "All of this is aimed at building a range of information products that are smarter, that have more natural interfaces, that are more portable, have either much longer battery life or infinite battery life -- as the case may be, and really become much more integrated into our daily life and experience."

In case such predictions bring out the skeptic in you, please bear in mind that this is the man leading the engineers that are actually working making these things happen in the near-term. ;)

Comment Thread (1 Response)

  1. Multi-Multi Core processing is going to have its limits. It will extend processing power for at least a decade but something is going to have to change by then. There was an article on, no less, that supercomputers will become more sluggish, if you add more and more cores. Not that encouraging. There will probably be another architecture change in the very near future to address these problems. I am confident they will figure it out.

    I am still a Singularity watcher, but I am starting to believe the hype. I think in 10 years from now we’ll have a better idea if the Singularity is plausible.

    There is a difference between laboratory research and practical applications. I want to see more than just iPhones and iPod Touches.

    Posted by: Covus   January 21, 2009
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