In April, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) commissioned members of the computer architecture research community to generate a short report to help guide strategic thinking in this space. The effort aimed to complement and synthesize other recent documents, including the CCC’s Advancing Computer Architecture Research (ACAR) visioning reports and a study by the National Academies. Today, the CCC is releasing the resultant community white paper, 21st Century Computer Architecture:
Information and communication technology (ICT) is transforming our world, including healthcare, education, science, commerce, government, defense, and entertainment. It is hard to remember that 20 years ago the first step in information search involved a trip to the library, 10 years ago social networks were mostly physical, and 5 years ago “tweets” came from cartoon characters.
Importantly, much evidence suggests that ICT innovation is accelerating with many compelling visions moving from science fiction toward reality. Appendix A both touches upon these visions and seeks to distill their attributes. Future visions include personalized medicine to target care and drugs to an individual, sophisticated social network analysis of potential terrorist threats to aid homeland security, and telepresence to reduce the greenhouse gases spent on commuting. Future applications will increasingly require processing on large, heterogeneous data sets (“Big Data”), using distributed designs, working within form-factor constraints, and reconciling rapid deployment with efficient operation [more following the link…].