The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected teams from academia and commercial industry to explore flexible computer architectures that can exploit specialised hardware to quickly and efficiently solve a range of computing problems.
These selected teams have also been chosen to determine the advantages that new materials and radically different architectures can bring when integrating disparate chip components into larger systems.
The teams will also investigate methods to co-optimise software and hardware without introducing programming complexity through its Software Defined Hardware (SDH) and Domain-specific System on Chip (DSSoC) programmes. Both efforts aim to prove that efficiency and flexibility can be achieved, without compromising either characteristic as seen in current technology such as application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).
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