Computers are going a new route to improve efficiency. Researchers are now looking at “approximate computing” as the future of computers. Approximate computing is a fundamental shift in how computers work.
Computers have a history of being programmed to be a precise calculator. For a lot of computer processes, a precise calculation is not needed. That is why researchers at Purdue University have turned to approximate computing. Approximate computing performs calculations for specific tasks that does not have to be perfectly accurate. Therefore, there is a potential for double efficiency and a reduction of energy consumption.
Researchers are developing different hardware techniques to show the potential energy efficiency in different programmable processors such as computers, servers and consumer electronics when they use approximate computing. For more information on how approximate computing works and to learn what is the next step for Purdue researchers to bring approximate computing to the reality of the masses, check out TG Daily.