What follows are highlights of my conference notes. For more information, try to get a hold of the presentation copies, or attend next year's conference!
- x86 ISA is dominant for general purpose computing. (Interestingly, the x86 ISA was designed in a rush at Intel in a few weeks, to plug a product gap that they had. Not an elegant design intended to last for 30 years!)
- Multi-core is here today and used everywhere. (see Day of the Multicores) The jury is still out on how efficiently it can be used by software.
- Low Power design techniques are everywhere.
- CPU architectures are changing for low power. Less speculative execution because abandoned computations waste power.
- Clock gating is common at multiple levels
- Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS) is used in many chips.