Profs. Gerstlauer and John Awarded SRC Research Contract

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

UT ECE professors Andreas Gerstlauer and Lizy John have recently beenawarded a competitive 3-year research contract from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), one of the world's leading industry research consortia, to study Multi-dimensional Modeling, Design and Exploration of Heterogeneous Multicore SoCs.

With ever increasing application demands and technological advances, future computer systems are expected to integrate tens to hundreds of cores on a single chip. Crucially, power, thermal and reliability issues will drive the need for increasing architecture specialization and heterogeneity. However, prohibitive design and manufacturing costs make full custom design infeasible and ask for reusable, programmable platforms where most of the functionality and customization can be delivered through software or reconfiguration. This creates fundamentally new design challenges.

This project aims to develop capabilities for modeling and exploration of performance, energy, reliability, power and thermal (PERPT) considerations of heterogeneous multicores. The ultimate goal is to establish an integrated modeling and exploration framework for seamless, automated design space exploration supporting architecture and application co-design across a large hardware/software space ranging from general-purposes processors over GPUs, DSPs, and ASIPs all the way to full-custom accelerators.

Dr. Andreas Gerstlauer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Gerstlauer is co-author on 2 books and more than 45 conference and journal publications. His work was reprinted as one of the most influential contributions of 10 years at the DATE conference. He has presented in numerous conference and industrial tutorials, and he serves on the program committee of major international conferences, such as DAC and DATE.

Dr. Lizy Kurian John holds the B. N. Gafford Professorship in Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Lizy John's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Intel, Motorola, AMD, Dell, Samsung, Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments, Tivoli, and Microsoft Corporations. She is recipient of NSF CAREER award, UT Austin Engineering Foundation Faculty Award (2001), Halliburton, Brown and Root Engineering Foundation Young Faculty Award (1999), University of Texas Alumni Association Teaching Award (2004), The Pennsylvania State University Outstanding Engineering Alumnus (2011) etc. She has coauthored a book on Digital Systems Design using VHDL (Cengage Publishers) and has edited a book on Computer Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking. She is an IEEE Fellow.