Keynote Lectures

The role of packaging and system integration in future compute platforms
Michel, Bruno

IBM Research - Zurich

Liquid cooling enables computers as dense as a human brain. A universal concept is presented showing that volumetric density drives efficiency in information processing and can replace the currently slowing Moore’s law. By adopting some of the characteristics of the human brain, computers have the potential to become far more compact, efficient, and powerful so that we can take full advantage of cognitive computing and artificial intelligence. Bell’s Law shows that the progress in the information and telecommunication (ITC) industry is achieved in 12-15 year phases. Each new phase addresses a 10 times larger market, based on systems that are 100x denser, more efficient, and cheaper. A dense and efficient micro-server has been demonstrated as a first milestone along this roadmap. In addition more functionality is integrated with computing, most recently, in IoT and wearable devices, also sensing. This human centric sensing and computing provides contextual information that is key for relevant personalized cognitive services. Currently mobile are computationally strong enough to drive artificial intelligence at the edge instead of moving data to the cloud thus driving growth for cognitive cloud applications. The Internet of the Body (IoB) platform implements these concepts and can be adapted to many immediately useful use cases and test vehicles. The IoB platform connects wearables with edge and cloud computing to provide optimal user interaction and analytics on multi-stream data. This technology was applied to physiological and psychological stress classification using heart rate variability data in firemen training sites in Switzerland. We also introduced a home-based COPD management system to objectively track disease progress and coach actual patients into a better behavior. A hearable was developed for heat-stroke early detection and prevention based on monitoring of core body temperature and sweating which is planned to be tested with a Japanese national hospital.

GPU: the Key Processor for AI and Supercomputing
Baji, Toru
GPU delivers around one to two order of magnitude performance advantage over the CPU and now is the most widely used processor in AI and Supercomputing. This GPU architecture is also applied to the most advanced autonomous driving SoC. In this talk, GPU basic technology background, the outcome of that performance, implementation technologies including Si interposer packaging, HBM2 3D-memory utilization and the breakthrough to overcome the die size limitation will be introduced.

Technology trend of flash memory and new memory
Susumu Yoshikawa
Toshiba Memory Corporation
As flash memory increased its capacity it became one of important components in a Digital world and has been widely used in a lot of digital tools, such as Digital still camera, MP3 player, smart phone, SSD. In a recent years, Big data era is coming. New technologies such as IoT, AI and automated driving etc. have emerged and are becoming popular, these new technologies create, need and utilize huge amount of data. For example, IoT connects huge number of machine and collect data from these connected machine. AI analyze these data, and in order to improve accuracy, huge sample data are needed. To handle these huge data effectively, data storage system should have huge volume and high performance, and request to flash memory more capacity, high performance and low power. In this key note, recent key technologies such as 3D structure, QLC etc. and challenges for flash memory are discussed. And also topics of emerging memory are also introduced.