Re: Moore's law [WAS MEDIA: Forbes ..]

Dan Clemmensen (
Fri, 26 Jun 1998 19:09:58 -0400

Max M wrote:
> Dan Clemmensen wrote:
> >
> > > What are the possibilities for increasing computer power beyond that point?
> > >
> > Massive parallelism, "configurable computing", superconductors, reversable
> > computing.
> Well I would like to add to that, that it is possible by writing better
> software alone to increase the computerpower by 10 to 100 times.
We will have to do better than that just to keep up with historical
trends in algorithm design. Most folks aren't aware of it, but
algorithm design historically has improved performance as much as
hardware improvements.

The big breakthrough IMO will occur as a result of software development
productivity improvements, but that's a different topic.