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Computers - where to now?

6 December 2016

I watched a very interesting BBC Horizon documentary last night and it pointed out that we're reaching the limits of silicon technology for computer circuitry.

For some time, people have been predicting that Moore's Law would fail -- although those clever boffins who design stuff have been able to stay (just) ahead of the curve for the time being. However, it's likely to be just a few years before we hit the ceiling associated with traditional manufacturing techniques and clock speeds.

It's not that we can't design devices to switch more quickly -- it's just (as I've mentioned before in this column) that electricity is just too damned slow.

The reality is that the speed of light, which was once thought to be incredibly fast, is now actually incredibly slow.

How slow?

Well light (and thus electricity) travels at about 300mm per nanosecond. That's just one foot (in the old money).

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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