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Three Computer Games That Make Assembly Language Fun

Three Computer Games That Make Assembly Language Fun

Human Resource Machine, TIS-100, and Shenzhen I/O teach low-level coding Photo: Randi Klett Photo: Randi Klett Ah, assembly. Where all the pretense of high-level languages—the program structures, the data handling, the wealth of functions—gets stripped away. You get branches, bytes, and if you’re lucky, a subtraction command. True, directly manipulating the state of a computer can be(…)

IBM Expanding Cloud Quantum Computer 10-Fold

IBM Expanding Cloud Quantum Computer 10-Fold

The goal: a 50-qubit commercial universal quantum computer within 5 years Photo: Connie Zhou for IBM IBM quantum computing researchers Hanhee Paik [left] and Sarah Sheldon [right] examine a piece of quantum computing hardware at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, N.Y. IBM is building the first commercially available universal quantum computer, one(…)

Graphene Could Buttress Next-Gen Computer Chip Wiring

Graphene Could Buttress Next-Gen Computer Chip Wiring

Current can literally blow copper interconnects away, but graphene could keep them intact Image: Stanford University Images: Stanford University Death By Electromigration: Copper interconnects are now so narrow that current can cause a break by knocking atoms out of place. Most of the hand-wringing over the fate of Moore’s Law focuses on the ever-shrinking silicon(…)