Compression Reduces Memory Bottlenecks, From Supercomputing To Video
June 4, 2012
Al Wegener, Samplify Founder & CTO
In 1899, a writer for the popular magazine Punch’s Almanackfamously wrote, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” In 1943, IBM founder Thomas J. Watson allegedly said, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” And in 1981, Bill Gates notoriously predicted, “640 kbytes ought to be enough for anybody.” Today we all laugh at these off-the-mark predictions, as they demonstrate the difficulty of predicting technology’s future.
Which of today’s technical prognostications might fall short? We engineers are confidently told about the end of Moore’s Law, the impossibility of automating software to extract parallelism, and (my personal favorite) the futility of expecting commercially useful results from new compression research. I’d like to refute that last prediction with two examples that illustrate how a novel compression technology is yielding big payoffs in two radically different applications [...]
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