computational sprinting

computational sprinting

Pushing a chip beyond its normal operating mode in order to perform a short burst of computations that lasts only a few seconds. Decompressing a file or decoding an image takes an enormous amount of arithmetic operations that if speeded up would allow a smartphone or similar device to perform the function as if it were a desktop computer. After the sprint, the hardware has to rest so the heat cannot melt the ultra-fine lines and minuscule elements in the chip. See active area.
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Computational sprinting could address power use in smartphones Researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania have developed a method of rapidly increasing and decreasing the performance of processors in smartphones that may improve the efficient use of power in handsets.
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