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Future Compute ParadigmsColloquium Wolfgang Maier
By Wolfgang Maier, Director HW Development, IBM R&D – Systems & Technology Group, Böblingen
The ongoing digitization of todays world is essentially based on Shannon’s theory of Information and its implementation by means of semiconductor cicuitry, which is characterized by Moore’s law. The principal concept of this approach is to represent information by bits, which stands for the
minimum unit of information. With the advanced availabilty of digital data there is a growing expectation to extract more value from this data, which in consequence means to deal with more complex abstractions of information, respectively requires an enormous additional demand in traditional compute capacity. As physical limitations are inevitably confining the forward projection of Moore’s law new compute paradigms are essential to cope with the challenges arising from e.g. new applications in the field of Artificial Intelligence or from scientific issues in regard to Material Sciences. Brain inspired computing leveraging neurosynaptic approaches respectively quantum information processing using qBits as a complex representation of information represent such type of new compute paradigms.
The talk will give an overview of the current state of technology in respect to Moore’s law, outline the underlying concepts of information theory and give insights on how those new compute paradigms are applied respectively implemented.
After his return to Germany he extended the use of industry standards within the mainframe and headed the development of central IO hardware as well as mainframe and POWER CMOS processors.
His current responsibilities also span the system packaging and system control area with special focus on workload optimization and power efficiency. His current focus in innovation is on Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing.
He enjoys to spend his spare time with his family, loves skiing and motorbikes .
In case you are not able to attend in person, you can watch the talk afterwards on the HITS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHITSters.