5 Years Will Flip Tech to a New Level

IEEE Computer Society predicts vast advances in computing technology over the coming half decade.
  • IEEE, rebooting computing

    Rebooting Computing (includes quantum computing)

    The IEEE computer Society asserts that the end of Moore's law has resulted in the end of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors and its transformation into the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems. The means focusing on new technologies, such as quantum computing, neuromorphic, adiabatic, and many others. (Image source: IEEE)

  • IEEE, human brain interface

     Human Brain Interface

    The power of human thought may soon drive a human-brain interface that can drive and control machines directly.  This will be enabled by the rebooting computing technologies in slide one, but it will also require separate innovation to connect the human brain to hardware. IEEE expects that by 2022. (Image source: IEEE)

  • IEEE, capabilities hardware protection

    Capabilities Hardware Protection

    Security will continue to be a challenge in coming years. Protecting data at rest and flight will require more sophisticated security technologies based on more robust hardware protection, such as “capabilities.” Capabilities was popular in the 1960s but was abandoned in favor of paging which was sufficient when physical memory was small. Rapid advances in memory, interconnects, and processors, as well as requirements of big data applications, open new opportunities for capabilities. (Image source: IEEE)

  • IEEE, Exascale

    The Year of Exascale

    The scientific community sees 2022 as the year when we can expect the first wave of Exascale systems. Exascale machines are expected to almost double the performance of all of 2016's top 500 supercomputers put together, enabling breakthroughs in scientific fields such as weather, genomics, life sciences, energy, and manufacturing. (Image source: IEEE)

  • IEEE, nonvolatile memory, devices

    NVM Reaches Maturity

    IEEE points to indicators that see progress in the long-predicted adoption of NVM. Look to 2022 for the launch of mature devices. By 2022 we’ll see the second or third generation of true nonvolatile memory devices that will change the entire memory-storage hierarchy – and its associated software stack – across the IT industry. (Image source: IEEE)

  • IEEE, silicon photonics

    Silicon Photonics Becomes a Reality

    Bridging technologies such as VCSEL-based photonics may be sufficient to address the technology needs for the next five years, but IEEE sees 2022 as the pivot point where highly integrated silicon photonics components will be necessary to meet the combined cost, energy, and performance requirements of Exascale systems. (Image source: IEEE)

  • IEEE, smart NICs

    Smart NICs

    Networking equipment has experienced explosive growth in data centers, but it will become even more commoditized and open. Sophisticated chips in network interface cards (NICs) will allow more offloading of traditional networking tasks from the CPU to the NIC, including encryption, compression and package management. IEEE saw this trend before with graphics cards: commodity specialized hardware mated with good library support enabled an explosion of applications and libraries in domains far from graphics, earning the nickname "GPGPU." GPNICs may soon allow accelerated software to take advantage of the unique hardware properties of NICs, both within classical network applications, such as key-value stores, and in new domains, such as text processing. (Image source: IEEE)

  • IEEE, power conservative multicores

    Power Conservative Multicores

    IEEE believes integrated processor cores on a chip will go over hundreds and thousands for top 500 and green 500 HPC machines. With more processors on a chip, memory architectures and data transfer will become key technologies in hardware by 2022. In software, a parallelizing compiler that allows users to employ the many cores efficiently and easily will reduce rapidly increasing software development costs. (Image source: IEEE)

Incremental technology advances will switch to Warp Drive over the coming five years, according to IEEE’s Computer Society.

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By 2022, expect to see brain/computer interfaces, Exascale super-powered super computers, silicon photonics, and the adoption of nonvolatile memory devices. The future ain’t what it used to be – it’s faster and more powerful.

The IEEE Computer Society identified eight technologies to watch over the next half-decade . Design News takes a look at each of these technologies to see how these advances will deploy through 2022.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 of them for Design News . Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.





This post is assuming that we have no fundamental collapse in society, and that we still have an adequate amount of folks technically competent enough to create more advanced computing systems. My assertion is that what is needed now is much smarter and far more efficient programming. Elimination of bloat could easily result in a 10x performance improvement, and quite possibly a 100x improvement. No need for new technology, just far better programming.

This is presuming that some disaster does not completely divert the path of society. An example would be some fool starting an atomic war. Do you see a fool on the horizon??? I do. The big increase could come with much smaller programming, avoiding the current bloatware trend. 10x and even 100x improvements in speed and power should be available if the excess baggage is left behind. Much tighter and smaller code will achieve the goals.

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