Parallel programming may not be so daunting

Computer chips have stopped getting faster: The regular performance improvements we’ve come to expect are now the result of chipmakers’ adding more cores, or processing units, to their chips, rather than increasing their clock speed.

Smarter caching accelerates performance

Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller. But the chips themselves are as big as ever, so data moving around the chip, and between chips and main memory, has to travel just as far. As transistors get faster, the cost of moving data becomes, proportionally, a more severe limitation.

These computer chips mimic the human brain

No computer works as efficiently as the human brain – so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists.

These chips are mini Internets

Despite Moore's Law, the speed of computer chips has stagnated over recent years, with manufacturers routinely adding additional cores to increase processing power. 

Researchers develop hardware encryption for new memory technology

Security concerns usually get in the way of adopting new non-volatile main memory (NVMM) technology. Researchers at North Carolina State University may have fixed that problem.

Report: Graphene electronics have self-cooling capabilities

University of Illinois scientists have discovered that graphene transistors have a nanoscale cooling effect.

Gallium nitride sensors integrated onto silicon-based chips

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a method of integrating gallium nitride (GaN) sensors and devices directly into silicon-based computer chips.