Gordon Graylish, vice-president of sales a marketing and general manager for enterprise solutions sales with Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel Corp., was recently in Toronto where he spoke with ComputerWorld Canada about data centre sustainability, and how Intel is innovating to keep up with Moore’s Law
ComputerWorld Canada: How has Intel kept up with co-founder Gordon Moore’s prediction, Moore’s Law?
Gordon Graylish: Intel as a company is based on Moore’s Law. Our entire raison d’etre is Moore’s law which says every 18 months you can double the capabilities of silicon or you can cut the costs equivalently. What you’ve seen in the last year or so has been really a transformation where you’ve got to the point where we can afford not only to break some of the world’s great problems, but also you’re starting to see the proliferation of intelligent devices around the world. And moving from hundreds of millions of PCs and smart phones and servers and the like to now getting intelligent signs, automotive intelligence, intelligent machines and really see the number of endpoints grow to the billions.
CWC: But is there a limit to how small cores can get?
GG: We constantly have been looking at that. For years, we’ve looked out and said six, seven years from now we can see that far. We actually think we can see about 10 years now. And we go down through 22 nanometres, 11 nanometres, and it keeps going. We’re already at single-atomic layers between lines and obviously these will require novel techniques and a lot of those novel techniques are being worked in our labs today. But we’re highly confident that we can keep Moore’s Law going for a significant amount of time.
CWC: With servers, it’s not only about the processor but the capabilities of the entire system like virtualization, memory, I/O. What’s Intel perspective on offering a holistic platform of capabilities?