Increasing On-Chip Computer Communication

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Increasing On-Chip Computer Communication
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To solve the problem posed by the fact that computer chips are no longer getting faster, Li-Shiuan Peh, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and a principal investigator at CSAIL, has proposed a new method for increasing the efficiency and computational power of computer chips. By allowing computer “cores” or processing units to communicate the same way that computers hooked up to the Internet do, by sending information bundled as a packet, researchers can increase the speed of information sharing between different cores on a chip.
 
In a paper presented at the Design Automation Conference in June, Peh and her colleagues will share a paper detailing her group’s research on computer chips, including new methods for on-chip communication and networking.