Around IT In 256 Seconds By Tomasz Nurkiewicz

Podcast for developers, testers, SREs… and their managers. I explain complex and convoluted technologies in a clear way, avoiding buzzwords and hype. Never longer than 4 minutes and 16 seconds.

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24 November 2020

#22: Moore's law

by Tomasz Nurkiewicz

It’s a common misconception that Moore’s law is dead. That’s because many believe it’s about the speed of a CPU. But in reality Gordon Moore meant the number of transistors, not the clock frequency. And also, it’s now even a law. Just an observation that holds true after half a century. OK, so what does this “law” state? Gordon Moore, before co-founding Intel, noticed that the number of transistors in a CPU doubles every two years. This means exponential growth. Which is a lot. So why are these transistors important?

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