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The Future of Computing

The Future of Computing

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Principles of Engineering Practice (3.003). Wielding numerous analogies for his audience of MIT students, Anant Agarwal makes the case that the next generation of computers, not to mention much of the technology in everyday life, will be built with smaller, simpler parts "combined in a clever way." Agarwal starts with Puerto Rico's enormous Arecibo radio telescope, 400 meters in diameter, tuned to detect extraterrestrial life. Rather than being carved from a single gigantic material, the dish consists of "a whole bunch of tiles" adjusted to create a spherical surface. In the same way, CPU designers no longer make "one big honking processor," says Agarwal, but lots of little processing elements called tiles or cores. This engineering movement,... Show More

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