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[Geek] Future multi-core processors could be self-repairable, nearly invulnerable

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Computer chips continue to get smaller and that’s a good thing. A smaller chip is faster and more energy-efficient than a larger chip, while also being more affordable to produce. More to the point, as gadgets become smaller, chipmakers have to try to keep up. The problem is that while shrinking a chip has all sorts of benefits, the tinier they are, the more fragile and easily broken they become. What to do?

A team of four companies and two universities are now trying to figure out that very question. Anticipating a point when chips will become too small and thin to be resilient, they’ve created a chip that can not only gauge its own performance and reroute tasks around damaged portions of its own architecture… much like a man who learns to write left handed after he breaks his right arm.
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Sounds like they aren't repairing themselves, just working while damaged. Big difference .
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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post
Sounds like they aren't repairing themselves, just working while damaged. Big difference .
Nope, this and... REDUCED PERFORMANCE!

Roleplay:

-goes to store-
-buys so called self repairing CPU-
-goes home to install it-
-touches it wrong when taking out of box-
-installs it and computer boots up-
-user experiences what his ancestors have experienced.... INTEL CELERON SPEEDS!-

Real life reader:

This is so sad -blows nose- I cannot believe it... poor CPU!!!! -cries-

Solution:

Buy extra boxes of tissues...

oh what was that? you thought I was going to give away my vast knowledge of science for free?! NOO... I am simply showing you how to buy tissues in Wal-Mart.

REAL SOLUTION:

Use nanites to repair the CPU, depending on the time and age of the CPU being made, a new material can be made to be made as a base, I can even create a design actually to show how it may work.
Edited by assaulth3ro911 - 3/17/11 at 7:24pm
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I was reading about this earlier today.

It's a bit deceptive, they're not really "repairing" themselves, just utilizing themselves better.
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Yup, they are not repairing themselves, but rather "avoiding" damaged circuits to continue working normally. However, I'm sure these alternate circuits are not infinite.

Just like HDD's SMART technology, that has extra blocks to make up for damaged ones.

Also, source link needs a fix.
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Once they implement this technology into robots, I presume an unwinnable war vs humanity.
    
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Even if its not actual self-repair being able to work around damage would be a good step forward in making devices far more survivable, especially in a military context which appeals to me .
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Once they implement this technology into robots, I presume an unwinnable war vs humanity.
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
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hmm.. will this even be worth buying? awesome way of making smarter chips. i wonder whats next..
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I read A little book by the name of The Singularity is Near when it came out in 2006 and this was mentioned along with all kinds of other stuff im seeing. Great read for tech junkies.
Its the next logical step in the evolution of processors towards quantum computing.
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