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by Hannah Leitheiser

Von Neumann

#cpu #computer

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

George Dyson




"The reliability of monolithic microprocessors and the fidelity of monolithic storage postponed the necessity for this metamorphosis far beyond what seemed possible in 1948. Only recently has this metamorphosis resumed its course." - George Dyson , Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe (2012)

The ending chapters are a bit hard to follow. But computers have been budding into computer ecosystems a bit. Multiple cores, microcontrollers in I/O cards, co-processors, graphics processors, special purpose bitcoin miners, distributed cloud computers, etc. Some say quantum uncertainty will catch up with Moore's law soon. Seems then further advancement of a monolithic processor will depend on going from silicone wafers to blocks, especially without overheating. Failing that, software and architecture will need evolution.

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