INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS IN A POST-SILICON WORLD presented at BlackHatAsia 2015

by Bernard S. Meyerson,

Summary : As an industry we have counted on a steady drumbeat of technology advances to drive semiconductors and resultant microprocessors to ever-higher levels of integration and performance. That drumbeat was Moore's Law, the rough doubling of technology density every 18 months for the past three or more decades. However, within a period of two or three further beats that drum goes silent, and it has already quieted significantly, as many technology elements approach physical limits. A result of this has been the emergence of a host of new system architectures employing accelerative elements such as FPGA's and GPU's, first generation novel processors based on Synaptic designs, and a host of new software approaches, all designed to continue to drive progress in Information Technology and compensate for the loss of one key past accelerant.
Resultant performance gains exceeding 100X now enable deep encryption and real time data analytics supporting InfoSec without degrading system performance, while at the same time introducing entirely new system elements, hardware and software, that must similarly be secured. New assistive capabilities arise in the field of Artificial Intelligence, while at the same time causing concern about the long-term impact of this emergent technology. I will focus on the key changes coming in the technologies that underlay our industry, and the impact that accelerated innovation has had on our expectations of what Information Technology can truly accomplish, along with associated risks.