Reversible logic for supercomputing

Erik P. DeBenedictis
2005 Proceedings of the 2nd conference on Computing frontiers - CF '05  
This paper is about making reversible logic a reality for supercomputing. Reversible logic offers a way to exceed certain basic limits on the performance of computers, yet a powerful case will have to be made to justify its substantial development expense. This paper explores the limits of current, irreversible logic for supercomputers, thus forming a threshold above which reversible logic is the only solution. Problems above this threshold are discussed, with the science and mitigation of
more » ... l warming being discussed in detail. To further develop the idea of using reversible logic in supercomputing, a design for a 1 Zettaflops supercomputer as required for addressing global climate warming is presented. However, to create such a design requires deviations from the mainstream of both the software for climate simulation and research directions of reversible logic. These deviations provide direction on how to make reversible logic practical.
doi:10.1145/1062261.1062325 dblp:conf/cf/DeBenedictis05 fatcat:liljr6kd4beb5px2q7ubk2fhbm