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CNFET Rivals Silicon Performance

Hemos posted more than 12 years ago | from the moving-ahead dept.

Science 78

Baldrson writes "Applied Physics Letters is carrying a paper on a CNFET (carbon nanotube field-effect transistors) advance that now rivals silicon performance for both n and p type devices. There is also a New York Times article in which it is reported that "it would be two to three more years before I.B.M. was ready to work on prototypes of future nanotube chips and as many as 10 years before they would be commercially available". This is may be what's at the end of the road for CMOS."

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fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555749)

fp

Re:fp (-1)

DonkeyHote (521235) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555764)

Nope, sorry AC FP's don't count, This FP is claimed in the name of the CLIT

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Re:fp (-1)

Anonymous Cowrad (571322) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555779)

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Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555790)

If you were to look at a histogram of first post distrobution, you would clearly see that the ACC (Anonymous Coward Coalition) 0wns the first post.

Re:fp (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555881)

Who is CLIT and where can I find her? My meat is aching!

fp (0, Offtopic)

Profe55or Booty (540761) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555751)

i think i should do something constructive in my 20 seconds. nah

Come on... (3, Funny)

rich22 (156003) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555756)

When did Yahoo start posting these things before slashdot?

Yahoo - news for nerds, who have a bedtime.

the day (-1)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555770)

slashdot put up these big fucking banner ads. this site is a joke. the trolls are stronger than ever and the moderation system is so broken that the owners must bitchslap threads they don't agree with.

ArchieBunker has posted 1365 comments. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555871)

ArchieBunker has posted 1365 comments. Below find the most recent 24 comments.

You have posted a lot of comments. But I have seen some people with over 2000 posted. Do you know which user has posted the most?

Not noisy afterall (1)

ObviousGuy (578567) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555758)

Good to hear that these tubes are not as noisy as was previously observed. They always seemed promising, but with the electrical noise that accompanied transmissions, they just weren't practical.

Very good news!

Repeat? (1, Redundant)

Cheesemaker (36551) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555771)

What's the difference between this process and the one reported a few hours ago from MSNBC?

Re:Repeat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3557995)

Why is this post marked redundant. No other posts exists like this in the thread.

The original article is redundant, not this comment.

Welcome to slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3558684)

Where the mods have crack and the posters are jealous

Duplicate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555778)

I mean this one is still on the main page... how embarrassing.

Re:Duplicate? (1)

Gavitron_zero (544106) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555963)

yeah, but at least it wasn't posted by the same editor...now that would have been priceless.

Exciting times (2, Interesting)

inkfox (580440) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555784)

This is just yet another reason to be excited about technology.

On top of this, look at the on-chip SMP work that the major processor manufacturers are working on. They're working on being able to run multiple virtual CPUs, sharing the same execution pipelines and caches, so when one thread is doing a lot of multiplication work, another may be able to use the addition and general flow pipelines. Allegedly, in simulations, the multiple virtual CPUs end up executing at about 70% of the efficiency of real, individual CPUs, all with very little extra silicon.

On top of that, manufacturing is improving to the point where yields are very, very high. This means it's becoming more fesible to make larger and larger dies with more and more on them without significant failure rates. I think we'll soon see larger caches and wider buses. 64-bit CPUs may be a brief stepping stone to 128- and higher-bit.

Add to this the current focus of Linux, which is Linux on mainframe architectures. The thing is, the very same principles that make mainframes such wonderful beasts are what we're starting to see in the hardware we'll be seeing in the near future. The multi-threaded hardware above, and split-bus architectures both have mainframe parallels. Linux should be ready to take advantage of the new hardware years before Windows is making significant use of it.

Lastly, the increasing popularity of the Mac and the commoditization of game system components means that we're seeing more and more markets for faster general purpose CPUs. This means more competition and, because of that, better funding for research.

We may yet push ahead of the oft-misquoted version of Moore's law! :)

Re:Exciting times (3, Informative)

inkfox (580440) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555805)

This story also seems like the perfect place to clarify Moore's Law. Please forgive the long post, but I'd love to see this properly understood...
From Jargon File (4.3.0, 30 APR 2001) [jargon]:

Moore's Law /morz law/ prov. The observation that the logic density of silicon integrated circuits has closely followed the curve (bits per square inch) = 2^(t - 1962) where t is time in years; that is, the amount of information storable on a given amount of silicon has roughly doubled every year since the technology was invented. This relation, first uttered in 1964 by semiconductor engineer Gordon Moore (who co-founded Intel four years later) held until the late 1970s, at which point the doubling period slowed to 18 months. The doubling period remained at that value through time of writing (late 1999). Moore's Law is apparently self-fulfilling. The implication is that somebody, somewhere is going to be able to build a better chip than you if you rest on your laurels, so you'd better start pushing hard on the problem.

See also {Parkinson's Law of Data} and {Gates's Law}.

Note that Moore's law deals with density, not performance. Note, however, that Moore did later comment that if his prediction (Moore's Law) continued to be true, computing power would rise exponentially over time, but this was a seperate observation, not a part of the original prediction.

Re:Exciting times (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3556419)

> This means it's becoming more fesible to make larger and larger dies with more and more on them without significant failure rates...

Well, actually, the IA64-1 is spec'ing at 130 watts now. That's alot of heat. Some CPUs already have clock cycle stealing termal circuits to moderate die temp. When actually called on to work, they slow down - alot.

I'm sure, well I hope, they have the tricks to take care of this problem. I hope so, and I hope they deal with it soon. I'd really, really, hate to see my PC consume more wattage than my Reef Aquarium.

> They're working on being able to run multiple virtual CPUs, sharing the same execution pipelines and caches, so when one thread is doing a lot of multiplication work, another may be able to use the addition and general flow pipelines.

I saw this on the IA64 roadmap. Something of an admission that deeper pipelineing may be a diminishing return for typical program threads. But if the the throughput of virtual SMP is only 70% of a chip not in this mode, then it doesn't seem like a good way to fill all the instruction slots. Maybe plain 'ol SMP on smaller chips is a better way.

Then, of course, there's A-SMP. With memory and celeron prices being what they are, a big boost in throughput could come with brighter system board designs. You could start coding memory op codes, like block copy and block set functions into the memory controller. You could get I2O out of the propriatary and overpriced gutter and put it to use. There are lots of things that could be done, today, to make it all go faster.

ink foxy ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3556568)

first ink foxy post!

Re:ink foxy ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3557355)

The one and only! :)

Re:Exciting times (2)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 11 years ago | (#3557260)

First, it's not SMP, it's SMT. The reason the distinction is made is because one thread among several running on the SMT CPU does not have exclusive access to the CPU's resources. Thus, while the utilization of the processor increases, the actual execution of individual threads is slower. For example, since those threads must share the same cache, unless the two threads heavily share memory, performance will decrease. This is why SMT can often show a multi-threaded program being slower than without.

Next, the yields have held relatively constant. The increasing precision of fabrication tools is necessary to support the smaller feature sizes. Having a high yield is not an optional thing, particularly in the commodity x86 market. You (or rather, a chip designer) designs for what their technology can accomodate. Small feature size is what lets us have more on a chip, not yield.

Moving along... No points for guessing larger caches and wider busses. And negative points for guessing that 64 bits will be a "brief stepping stone". You do realize that 2^64 is 2^32 times bigger than 2^32, right? That's big enough to directly address IBM's patent database 8,000 times over. Sure, we will probably want that much addressible memory at some point, but the time until then will not be described as "brief".

Moving right along... Multi-threaded hardware is not a feature of mainframes. The extra efficiency of SMT is not attractive on a mainframe. Instead, having many individual CPUs that can each run a process at full speed are what is used. That, and massive I/O capabilities.

"Commoditization of game system components" has meant "Intel chips in a game console", which is hardly fostering competition. Indeed, since "commodity" is synonymous with "x86-based" in the non-embedded markets, the general trend has been toward -less- competition in CPUs. Though AMD is doing well, HP and DEC are now gone from the field, both either becomming allied or being bought by Intel.

If by the "oft-misquoted version of Moore's Law" you mean "performance doubles every 18 months" (rather than transistors per die), then it is possible... However nothing you mentioned does anything to cause that. Those things that are even related at all are simply the efforts of engineers to keep up the pace. Though the performance corollary of Moore's Law seems to hold true, that doesn't mean it's a "law". The general concern is not surpassing but maintaining the curve.

Re:Exciting times (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3557360)

That's big enough to directly address IBM's patent database 8,000 times over.
Is this a new standard unit ? If not, can you restate that in LOCs, please ?

This was great (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555791)

When I read it here [slashdot.org] 8 hours ago.

That was a fast repeat... (5, Informative)

peter_gzowski (465076) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555793)

Come on! The story this repeats is still on the front page! Strangely it's under a different topic...

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Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555932)

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Re:That was a fast repeat... (1)

56ker (566853) | more than 11 years ago | (#3559588)

News so good it deserves to be told twice (but in a slightly different way of course) - where have I heard that before - yes - politics!

hmm (3, Funny)

asv108 (141455) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555797)

I read about this somewhere else [slashdot.org]

Mod parent down. It adds nothing to the discussion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555900)

[n/t]

See Subject Line

Mod parent down. It adds nothing to the discussion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3558740)

[n/t]

See Subject Line.

Re:hmm (2, Funny)

killmenow (184444) | more than 11 years ago | (#3556128)

I guess you should have submitted the story to /. after you read it earlier...

"CNFET"? What's "CNFET"? Give us "Nanotech"! (2, Offtopic)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 11 years ago | (#3557928)

Actually I submitted it to /. first thing yesterday morning and when I came back from taking a shower I saw it had been "accepted" and at the same time IBM Nanotechnology Transistor Faster than Silicon [slashdot.org] appeared as the top story on /. which was due, I presumed, to the fact that someone found this story being submitted by more than one person and decided to go with the shorter version of it.

Guess I should have said "Nanotech" in my Subject instead of "CNFET".

Re:hmm (3, Funny)

bob_jordan (39836) | more than 11 years ago | (#3557037)

Slashdot follows Moores law.

The story repeat rate doubles every 18 months.

Bob.

Spintronics...Yet Another (Quantum?) Alternative (2, Interesting)

cybrpnk2 (579066) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555799)

Another advanced technology which may replace ilicon in the near term is spintronics [sciam.com] . These devices have one advantage over nanotube transistors in that they may easily implement quantum computing [caltech.edu] ...

Re:Spintronics...Yet Another (Quantum?) Alternativ (2)

norton_I (64015) | more than 11 years ago | (#3556099)

s/easily/possibly/

No system that I know of "easily" implements quantum computing, which is why I don't have on on my desk. Spintronics is, however, one of the most promising avenues of research, and one that may be very useful in making faster classical computers as well.

Single wall carbon nanotube practical issues. (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555832)

Since the IBM experiments (and others done elsewhere) almost always use single wall carbon nanotubes, there are a few issues of practical nature I wonder about with this technology.

One is that single wall nanotubes are oxygen sensitive. Specifically, contact with O2 will cause single site defects in the nanotube structure, thus causing the whole nanotube to lose its electronic properties. It makes me wonder about how they will package these "molecular transistors" such that O2 can't get to it, but the encapsulation of the nanotube doesn't cause it to short out.

Another is that when these things heat up, they do ignite. As we've seen with the light-based ignition shown in Science and here on slashdot, these materials do burn. The above mentioned oxygen reaction sometimes causes the semi-conducting nanotubes to become insulators, thus they heat up, ignite, and disintegrate. So I'm wondering if frying one's nanotube-based chip would be more than just a figurative term if this happened.

Finally, there is the fabrication issue. I know that in the near future, one can make kilotons of nanotubes, and probably even kilograms of single wall nanotubes today (maybe 2kg a year, but you don't need that much if you only need 1 nanotube), but how are you going to fabricate them into architechures onto chips with existing chip fabrication technology?

Maybe IBM has all this worked out. I do have to remember that what they've published today is what they already have covered in patents and what they've been working on already for several months to one year. They don't publish unless they've got more going on AND if they already have the technology protected.

Plaigiarism, not informative (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555996)

See the original [slashdot.org] in the other thread. I'd accuse you of karma whoring if you weren't an AC.

Re: Single wall carbon nanotube practical issues. (2, Informative)

sunspot55 (305580) | more than 11 years ago | (#3556707)

The Oxidation I can not see as a big problem.... as far as Silicon goes, not to many people realize it, but Si oxidizes on contact with air thus becoming an insulator SiO2. Silicon chips are never allowed the chance to contact air with the way they are sealed/packaged. This helps to seal out oxygen, water and Sodium, some of the most notorious Si contaminants. I don't think it will be a big problem for them to extend the process to nanotubes. I admit my expertese isn't in nanotubes, though I have worked with them in the lab as field emitters.

Huh...? Transistor...? (1)

TheDanish (576008) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555835)

What're you talkin' 'bout? You an' yer newfangled tran-sis-tors or quan-tum. Why, my punchcard programming skills alone have gotten me on THIS website, not that I'd find much useful. Until they can make a computer that can fetch me my milk bottles, I'll stick to what I have, thank you very much.

The end of the road for CMOS? (2, Insightful)

inkfox (580440) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555845)

This could be the end of the road for processor architecture as we know it.

We're getting to the point where we switch faster and faster, but it still takes time for signals to propagate! Something's going to have to change in the fundamental design of the processor. We're talking exceptionally deep pipelines here, with changes in our data source meaning a huuuuuuuge penalty while dozens of stages are dumped in favor of a new code/data stream. If we're to take fullest advantage of these new architectures, we're talking about structuring computing around SIMD-style programmed tunnels which execute identical operations on fat streams of data, not depending on the results for execution control. This would be akin to writing programs the way you write shaders on modern graphics hardware.

Whether these changes can happen without fundamentally restructuring the way we program remains to be seen. But we're fast getting to the point where something's got to give if we're to take fullest advantage of these new technologies.

Or maybe this just means cycle tuning and assembly are coming back in style. :)

Re:The end of the road for CMOS? (1)

Cheesemaker (36551) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555958)

Well, there is talk about using asynchronous sequential circuits to eliminate clock propagation problems. You also can get higher speed with lower power than clocked designs. However, asynchronous techniques present their own problems, especially with process variations. That's why I'm still a bit iffy on tackling asynch crap as my EE master's thesis.

Re:The end of the road for CMOS? (3, Insightful)

jmv (93421) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555962)

The end of the road for CMOS?

From what I understand, it's not really the end of CMOS. Their transistor seems to be MOSFET (Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor) on carbon nanotubes instead of silicon. That would mean you could still do CMOS (Complementary MOS) with it (maybe called CN-CMOS).

Re:The end of the road for CMOS? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3556096)

You sound like a Happy Fun Ball.

It will take a good while before we hit any of the limits that will mean the end of the road for processor architectures. Not in the least because I have absolutely no idea what you mean by processor architecture, because that denotes a rather wide field.

Your next paragraph about deep pinelines and SIMD and modern graphics hardware comes down to two things. First they have very little to do with eachother. Second, that these are optimizations to deal with limitations imposed by economic circumstances. If memory was as fast as L1 cache and the x86 ISA was not the dominant ISA, then we would have a whole different chip. To suggest that the parallelization made available by specialized graphics hardware and multimedia ISA extensions ignores the fact that most processing is not so easily parallelizable, especially not at the resolution offered by the forementioned optimizations.

It is nevertheless conceivable that current economic trends will continue and that it will be found to be more economical to optimize at the chip level rather than at the bus level, but so far we have failure at both the chip level (the pain that is Itanium) and on the bus level (RAMBUS) and I believe we cannot conclude either way.

It's called APL (2)

Jayson (2343) | more than 11 years ago | (#3556790)

and it has been around for years (the second oldest programming language still in use?). There is a modern day version called K [kx.com] that will crush C based systems when full SIMD support is implemented (is already does a good job of thrashing most languages). Collection based languages used to be much bigger that they are today for some reason. Current programming paradigms go into one direction (OO) while we keep having to deal with data in the other direction (bulk operations).

Re:It's called APL (1)

inkfox (580440) | more than 11 years ago | (#3557371)

There is a modern day version called K [kx.com] that will crush C based systems when full SIMD support is implemented (is already does a good job of thrashing most languages)
Have you more info on K - an authoritative page? Understandably, it's a tough term to Google on.

Re:It's called APL (1)

kormoc (122955) | more than 11 years ago | (#3557454)

looks like it could be nice, I want more info also...

This is how it should be done. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555850)

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CN-FET Rivals Silicon Performance? (5, Funny)

jdbo (35629) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555873)

In that case, the Boba-Fett process must totally kick CMOS's ass!

...I'd say this poses a danger to IBM, except that they already have experience with surviving an "Attack of the Clones"...

Star Warz: Boba Fett and the clones (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555911)

I question I have about Boba Fett and the clones is: If they moddeled the clones off of Boba Fett, why weren't they as good of killing machines as Fett was. They also should have been equipted with rocket backpacks in order to kill more Jedi.

Also: the whole notion of a tiny rebel force attacking and beating the all powerful empire is just plain nuts. Its impossible. In real life those Jedi would be dead and the empire would still rule. Those Jedi just didn't have a fucking chance.

http://slashdot.org/articles/02/05/20/1749218.shtm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555883)

http://slashdot.org/articles/02/05/20/1749218.shtm l?tid=136

Computers and Geography (3, Funny)

watashiwananashidesu (563740) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555884)

So... ten years from now, is it going to be "Carbon Valley?"

That just doesn' thave the same ring to it ya know?

No pictures please! (2, Funny)

Dwedit (232252) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555896)

If you photograph this thing, it will catch on fire!

so... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3555942)

Who here besides me read CNFET and thought of some sort of NP-complete problem?

Own up.

low power (2, Interesting)

SlugLord (130081) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555948)

an entertaining idea, even if it simply reduces power output... I can't get the whole text, but it seems like 1 V transistors should allow faster clock speeds (especially since processor speed isn't really much related to transistor speed but rather to cooling speed)

Linsux... (-1)

Forsh (572618) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555968)

...have you hugged your zealot today?

Linus + Unix = Linux, what an arrogant PoS.
Nobody said he was creative I guess. Just wants people to worship him in the linsux religion. Thats right, slashdotters are not Linsux OS users, they tend to be religious fanatics who worship Torvalds and his Linsux creation.

Re:Linsux... (0, Offtopic)

TheDanish (576008) | more than 12 years ago | (#3555998)

Just wants people to worship him in the linsux religion. Thats right, slashdotters are not Linsux OS users, they tend to be religious fanatics who worship Torvalds and his Linsux creation.

Hyuk, hyuk, I made my own word, linsux! Hahahalololoroofles linsux!!!111 I'm a complete genius, yes I am. *droooooool*

Re:Linsux... (-1)

Forsh (572618) | more than 12 years ago | (#3556050)

Yea just like those of you zealots who say "M$", don't look now, the danish just got proven to be a hypocrite.....oooooooooo

Re:Linsux... (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 11 years ago | (#3556180)

Hyuk, hyuk, I made my own word, linsux! Hahahalololoroofles linsux!!!111 I'm a complete genius, yes I am. *droooooool*

Although your word is clearly derived from "linux", so you aren't that much of a genius. You are making a derivative work, so you must make it available to others so they can make further modifications.

I made one already: "yousuck".

Re:Linsux... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3557935)

Shorter still: usuk (not my opinion on the US and the United Kingdom though...)

Re:Linsux... (0)

hplasm (576983) | more than 11 years ago | (#3557100)

Isn't that spelt with a W not an L ?

Seems as if you have your facts wrong, Troll. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3556442)

Linux wasn't really meant to ever be called that by anyone other than Linus. He originally released it under the name Freax (FRee + frEAky + uniX), but Ari Lemmke, the admin of the FTP server Linus posted the original Linux source tree to didn't really like that name, so he changed it back. Linus himself was actually afraid that people would call him an egomaniac because of the name :)

Feel free to play again, Troll.

That fast? (2, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 12 years ago | (#3556088)


Since it rivals the performance of both n and p, does that make it faster on NP-complete problems?

Re:That fast? (1)

distributed.karma (566687) | more than 11 years ago | (#3557621)

> Since it rivals the performance of both n and p, does that make it faster on NP-complete problems?

No, but at least it makes your comment NP-clever.

Re:That fast? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3560841)

That is so Not Punny.

RIP (0, Offtopic)

TravellingDawg (535602) | more than 11 years ago | (#3556118)

"This is may be what's at the end of the road for CMOS."

And by that time, maybe the computers will be smart enough to turn our gibberish into properly constructed sentences...

i will forgo the subject, thank you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3556279)

100,000 thinner than a human hair? Can anyone tell me what that is in nm/pm ? Currently we are working on a 1,000,000th the size of a cow process to make our chips.

AIP.ORG registration?? (2)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 11 years ago | (#3556672)

Hey, what's up with that link to the paper that requires you to be a subscriber? Is there a /. username/password for reading the content? If ordinary mortals can't read the most important link (everything else is just fluff) why post this article, especially since the same fluff reported by MSNBC was posted earlier?

Re:AIP.ORG registration?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3562960)

I clicked on the paper link and was able to read the full paper just fine. Then I read this comment and tried straight from the site and was prompted for a subscriber account. What in the name of the gods of deep-linking is going on?

Secret Super-Slashdot Site for editors? (1)

nniillss (577580) | more than 11 years ago | (#3556719)

Hey guys, I would never ask what do you smoke on the occasion of a repeated story since such a question is clearly offtopic. However, it might be interesting for the poor folks who only know (and regularly visit) Slashdot to learn from you editors: what news sites do you visit? where do you go for discussions? I mean, the only thing we know is that it isn't Slashdot.

I got an idea.... (-1, Offtopic)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | more than 11 years ago | (#3557581)

Why don't we sign a damn waiver then... My wife and I love roller coasters and structure our vacations around riding them...

How about something like this...

"I ______ hereby certify that I am signing this document of my owh free will and that [amusement park] shall not be liable for any physical injuries that this ride may incur, or exasperate an existing medical condition, provided that this coaster has had proper maintaince and has been deemed worthy of use by its manufactuerer"

Don't the legislators have bigger fish to fry... like why our educational system sucks ass...
like why I'm not writing this from a moon base?

Re:I got an idea.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#3558047)

Wrong story...
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