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Some system implications of a Josephson computer technology

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1 Author(s)
Marcus, M.J. ; IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY

The Josephson Technology as now understood is projected onto a current computer mainframe, the IBM 3033 to estimate its effect. This is a hypothetical projection and should not be taken in any way to represent a planned product. A three cycle critical case path is identified. Then an experimental 2.5-µm Josephson current injection logic (CIL) circuit family and cache memory design are configured into a functionally equivalent Josephson package. Propagation distances in the hypothetical package are estimated to be 6 percent of those in the comparison mainframe; estimated cycle time is 4 ns yielding an internal performance improvement by a factor of > 14. The Josephson version of the IBM 3033 would entail a more than 99-percent reduction in regulated power.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:69 ,  Issue: 4 )