Faculty Summit 2016 – Computing with exotic technologies and platforms


July 14, 2016


Krysta Svore, Dave Wecker, Jan Gray, David Soloveichik


microsoft, microsoft, Association for Computing Machinery, University of Texas at Austin


We have seen the birth of many exotic architectures in recent years, from a quantum computer that promises to achieve exponential speed-ups over conventional computers, to DNA computation that performs disease diagnostics and therapy, to Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) that provide a flexible toolkit for implementing architectures such as Microsoft’s Catapult fabric for large-scale datacenters. Each of these exotic technologies enable novel solutions to challenging problems and require equally novel methods to program and design them. We will highlight the advances in their applications and the challenges behind developing their toolchains and programming environments.