Chapter One

Dark Silicon and the History of Computing

Pejman Lotfi-Kamran*; Hamid Sarbazi-Azad*,    * School of Computer Science, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran, Iran Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran


For many years, computer designers benefitted from Moore's law and Dennard scaling to significantly improve the speed of single-core processors. The failure of Dennard scaling pushed the computer industry toward homogenous multicore processors for the performance improvement to continue without significant increase in power consumption. Unfortunately, even homogeneous multicore processors cannot offer the level of energy efficiency required to operate all the cores at the same time in today's ...

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