Ø Computer Architecture, the road ahead
Prof. Michael J. Flynn, Stanford University, USA
Continuing progress in the scaling of the silicon technology enables continuing product evolution. But several shifts in design emphasis are occurring. In the first shift more emphasis is placed on lowering power by trading off increased speed. Power can be reduced by upwards to a factor of one million times from current power levels. In a second shift increased circuit density enables entire systems (computer plus memory and communications support) to be integrated on a chip. These shifts enable wearable (watch type) and other novel system oriented devices. As chip costs fall interconnections and design time dominate costs. Thus wireless/optical interconnections and reconfigurable logic become significantly more important.
Michael J Flynn received the PhD from Purdue University and DSc (h.c.) from the University of Dublin.He began his engineering career at IBM as a designer of mainframe computer.
He became Professor of Electrical Engineering at
Stanford in 1975 where he set up the Stanford Architecture and Arithmetic
group. He retired from Stanford in 1999.
In the early 1970s Prof. Flynn founded both of the
specialist organizations on Computer Architecture: the IEEE Computer Society's
Technical Committee on Computer Architecture and the ACM's SIGARCH.
Prof. Flynn was the 1992 recipient of the ACM/IEEE Eckert--Mauchly Award He was the 1995 winner of the IEEE Computer Society's Harry Goode Memorial Award. He is a fellow of both the IEEE and ACM.