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ITworld.com: Future Computing

Nov 01, 2000, 00:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird)

"The topic here is future technologies, computing research that might not prove immediately useful, but will likely need a few years' ripening before it becomes widespread -- if it ever does...."

"I've written the first installment of the column on the topic of amorphous computing, also known as swarm computing. The invention of Harold Abelson, Gerald Sussman and a host of their MIT fellows, swarm computing uses many thousands -- or even millions -- of modest (eight-bit, for example), very cheap, probably unreliable processors."

"At this point, swarm computing raises more questions than answers. For example, do we build swarm computers with semiconductors, or from new computing elements fashioned of biomolecules? How do we program unreliable processors and unreliable communications links? What will we do with a Cray's-worth of computing power in a credit card, or the frame of your glasses, or painted on the wall of your house or woven into your shirt?"

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