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The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.


White House Report on Ensuring Long-Term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors

January 9th, 2017 / in Announcements, CCC, research horizons, Research News / by Helen Wright

The following blog post is by CCC Vice Chair and Executive Council member and University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Mark D. Hill.

Last week the US White House released Ensuring Long-Term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors. The report recognizes the importance of semiconductors—and semiconductor leadership—to modern life in a competitive world. While much of the report deals with policy issues—see a recent CRA Policy blog post—I focus on some of the technical recommendations in Chapter 4.

Importantly the report recognizes the future leadership in semiconductors—wit broadly—will need to move beyond Moore’s Law (twice the transistors every two years) to exploit innovations from applications down through computing’s software-hardware-technology “stack.”  To stimulate such cross layer activity, the report advocates that US government invest one or more  “moonshots.” Example possible moonshots provided by report include implantable bioelectronics for chronic conditions, biological/chemical/nuclear threat detection, disturbed electric grid, and global weather forecasting.

In these technical recommendations, this reports echoes issues pointed to by recent CCC and IEEE work, including:

White House Report on Ensuring Long-Term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors