Technology - Probability Processing

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    Aug 21, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
    "Lyric Semiconductor, a spinout from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, announced on Tuesday a new approach to a technology called "probability processing."

    Probability processing uses probability bits, which calculate the probability of an event happening. This technology required the company to redesign processors to natively process probabilities from the ground up and to write a new programming language to express probabilities."


    source --> http://www.technewsworld.com/story/New-Chip-Startup-Plays-the-Odds-on-Probability-Processing-70640.html

    I perked at this tidbit:
    "This will calculate probabilities for all types of applications and could enable performance gains of 1,000 times over x-86-based processors."

    But at the same time I'm skeptical because of the fact that we are still at a point where most software out still dont utilize multiple cores. icon_confused.gif
    I'd imagine even with a jump in processing power you would still have a bottleneck somewhere with memory, bus speed, etc...
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    Aug 21, 2010 4:18 AM GMT
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    Aug 21, 2010 4:20 AM GMT
    I think developments in memristors could help push this technology along:

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    Aug 21, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    I think it's going to be a big step forward, but it's going to make programing pretty difficult. I'm sure you know things right now are written with a yes/no mentality. Either something happens, or it doesn't.

    These processors are going to offer you a wide range of outcomes. Yes, maybe, maybe not so much, not really, hardly, no, and any variation in between. It's going to take a while for programmers to really dive in and get the hang of it.

    I could see this pairing up with Intel's upcoming optical transfer system to speed up transfer times across the mobo though... so now we're just waiting on memory speed to catch up until each of us can have a current super computer sitting in our living rooms.
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    Aug 21, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
    Well if the industry would get its shit together and start pushing what we have and embracing newer technologies we'd see more advances. There seems to be a mentality of complacency now a days in regard to tech which in no doubt is most likely caused by the current global economy.