Plans for the first international workshop on reversible computing continue to develop. I just got a confirmation from Charles Bennett of IBM, who was the original founder of the field. Charlie is the biggest "rock star" in reversible computing; he's greatly admired and respected by all of us.
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Plans for the first international workshop on reversible computing continue to develop. I just got a confirmation from Charles Bennett of IBM, who was the original founder of the field (and, by the way, also a co-founder of the fields of quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation), that he is planning to attend. Charlie is the biggest "rock star" in reversible computing; he's greatly admired and respected by all of us, for his keen intelligence, wit, and deep insight. (Plus, he's just a really nice guy.)
That now makes a total of eight invited speakers who have at least tentatively confirmed (the up-to-date list will be maintained at the speaker's list). The other confirmed speakers include researchers working on advanced device technologies for reversible computing, such as superconducting logic and Y-branch switches; such technologies might eventually offer orders of magnitude better power-performance than could ever be achieved using FETs, or even any possible irreversible logic. So, it should be a full (and quite interesting) day of talks, and we may need to add a second day to the session so that we can also accommodate the planned panel discussion.
I would like to remind readers of Power Management DesignLine that this is not a closed workshop; industry representatives are also welcome to attend, in order to gain awareness of this important field. The most fundamental laws of physics clearly tell us that reversible computing is the only conceivable way to continue improving digital power-performance by many orders of magnitude beyond present-day technology. Within our lifetimes, either we'll reach the end of the road in computing, or else there will have to be a reversible computing revolution. If the revolution is coming,wouldn't you prefer to be one step ahead of it? Come, and attend the workshop. (Besides, it's on the beautiful island of Ischia, just off the Italian coast near Naples.)
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Dr. Michael P. Frank, Assistant Professor
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
2525 Pottsdamer Street, Room 341
phone 850-410-6463, cell 597-2046