Experts to create faster computers

A new collaboration between the University and ARM Ltd is to investigate how to make computers faster.

Researchers at the University are to work with leading microprocessor designers ARM at a new Centre of Excellence.

There, they will investigate one of the greatest computing challenges of the next decade - how computers can maximise their processing capacity.

Designing and programming complex processing systems is the key computing challenge for the next decade. We are very excited to be working with ARM.

Mike O'BoyleDirector of the University's Institute for Computing Systems Architecture

Multi-core devices

Computing devices are increasingly using more than one processor - the units that read and execute instructions - to make them function more effectively.

Components that use two or more independent processors are called multi-core devices.

But the software running on such devices has not developed as rapidly, which means this extra computing power is often not used efficiently.

As computers become more powerful and use a greater number of processors, the problem becomes much more acute.

Now, the researchers are teaming with ARM to create a new Centre of Excellence, based at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.

ARM, based in Cambridge, is the world's leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier. It employs more than 1900 people worldwide.

The new centre will use the University’s world-class computer science and artificial intelligence expertise to investigate new ways of improving how computer programs utilise their existing processors.

ARM is delighted to be working closely with such a world-renowned centre of excellence in energy-efficient programming. Research to maximise processing capacity and energy efficiency is an important focus area.

Peter HuttonARM Vice President, Technology & Systems

Informatics at Edinburgh

Informatics is the study of how natural and artificial systems store, process and communicate information.

The University’s School of Informatics is rated as the top computing science school in the UK and among the top four in the world, with outstanding teaching and research facilities.

Its Informatics Forum - a world-leading centre for informatics research, encompassing computer science, artificial intelligence and cognitive science - brings together some 500 scientists.

Their interests span virtual reality, robotics, artificial learning, intelligent systems, computational linguistics and bioinformatics.

Built over six floors around a central glass atrium, the Forum has an open design to encourage interaction and collaboration between researchers. This is intended to promote world-class research and reflect the school’s reputation for commercialisation.

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