Humans are finding it increasingly hard to design faster computer chips. The solution? Get computers to design faster computer chips instead.
Scientists have found a “magical” answer to a problem in chip design by automating the process of positioning the components.
In doing so they have not only solved a decades-long conundrum, but also found a possible way of forestalling the end of the famous “Moore’s Law”, which until now has successfully predicted that computers will get exponentially faster over time.
The research, published in the journal Nature, demonstrated that an algorithm can do as well or better than a human in finding the optimum configuration of components on a chip —doing so using approaches never seen before.
And, crucially, unlike the