"In the 1980s, Mead and Conway democratized chip design, and high-level language programming surpassed assembly language programming. Together, these made instruction set advances viable. Innovations like RISC, superscalar and speculation ushered in a Golden Age of computer architecture, and performance increased annually by 60%. The ending of Dennard Scaling and Moore’s Law crippled this path, and microprocessor performance improved by only 3% in 2017! In addition to the poor performance gains of modern microprocessors, Spectre recently demonstrated timing attacks that leak information at high rates.
"This talk will address how the freeing of architects from the chains of proprietary instruction sets will provide opportunities in high-level, domain-specific languages and architectures, and how the demands for improved security will usher in a new Golden Age. Aided by an open-source ecosystem, agily-developed prototypes will demonstrate advances and thereby accelerate commercial adoption. This should again allow rapid improvement as in the last Golden Age, but this time in cost, energy, and security as well as performance." - Steve Leibson's blog, eejournal.com