Diversity Comes to Hot Chips

This year’s program is as diverse as it’s ever been. There should be something for everyone. Hot Chips has been the definitive high-performance chip conference since the demise of Microprocessor Forum (which I helped run for a number of years). The conference has been changing over the last few years, much like the chip industry itself, and the program is moving far beyond fast processors for server and PCs and now includes more presentations on graphics, interconnects, ultra-low power, and sensing chips. That is not to say the traditional big CPU companies are not represented—they are. There will be presentations from AMD (new core), IBM (POWER 9), Intel (Skylake), and Oracle (SPARC M7) touting their latest big core developments. AMD, in particular, will likely be revealing some of the first…


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