A fractal approach to the dark silicon problem: a comparison of 3D computer architectures — standard slices versus fractal Menger sponge geometry

R. Herrmann
The dark silicon problem, which limits the power-growth of future computer generations, is interpreted as a heat energy transport problem when increasing the energy emitting surface area within a given volume. A comparison of two 3D-configuration models, namely a standard slicing and a fractal surface generation within the Menger sponge geometry is presented. It is shown, that for iteration orders n>3 the fractal model shows increasingly better thermal behavior. As a consequence cooling problems may be minimized by using a fractal architecture.
Therefore the Menger sponge geometry is a good example for fractal architectures applicable not only in computer science, but also e.g. in chemistry when building chemical reactors, optimizing catalytic processes or in sensor construction technology building highly effective sensors for toxic gases or water analysis.

download: arXiv: arXiv:1404.1891[cs.ET]
reference: Chaos Solitons Fractals (2015) 70,  38-41