Wherein Mike Warot describes a novel approach to computing which follows George Gilders call to waste transistors.

Friday, June 11, 2004

The fine line between Genius and Insanity

I've figured out why nobody has come up with a true bitgrid yet...

The idea is insane

Everyone worries themselves sick trying to reduce either transistor count, power consumption, or signal delays. It's just plain nuts to put a signal through 100,000 extra gates, if you really don't need to. So, nobody would ever come up with the bitgrid.

I, on the other hand, saw the benefit of having a homogeneous grid with no restrictions on routing, which lead to the bitgrid concept. I was totally ignorant of the importance of keeping the transistor counts low, reducing the power consuption, and maximizing the efficiency of layout of a chip. Thus, I was too ignorant to know better

22 years have come and gone, and I'm dipping into the well to pull the concept back out. I've got a lot of life lessons learned, and have decided to get this thing built. I started doing the research, and reducing my ignorance of the subject. The realization last night of the truely awful state of the bitgrid concept was frightening. I thought I had just wasted a bit of time, and took a fair self-esteem hit.

This morning, I now see the bigger picture, and I'm comforted by it. I don't have to worry about competition, prior art, etc. I've learned quite a bit from this experience.

Now, all I have to do is figure out if it really genius to pass a signal through 100,000 transistors instead of a wire, to get the flexibility of a bitgrid. It'll take time and effort, but I'm going to make it happen.

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