Forget about the Independent Spirit Awards. IBM just made the ultimate small production: A Boy and His Atom. The 60-s movie contains 242 unique frames, each produced by painstakingly positioning individual carbon monoxide (CO) molecules nearly 10,000 times. The team at IBM Research Almaden labs in San Jose, California, crafted the film with the same scanning tunneling microscope (STM) they used in 2012 to demonstrate a 12-atom-per-bit memory. We spoke with research scientist and team member Chris Lutz to find out how they made the magic happen.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.