ECE Seminar: Technology-driven and Application-driven Architecture Innovation

Sep 6

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Dr. Yuan Xie, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of California at Santa Barbara

The interaction between computer architecture and IC technology is complicated and bi-directional. Emerging technologies, such as 3D integration and new non-volatile memories, affect the decisions computer architects make, while the developments in computer architecture also influences the viability of different technologies. On the other hand, emerging applications, such as machine learning and VR/AR, also provide new drivers and pose new challenges for future architecture design. In this talk, the speaker first will review the trends in computer architecture research topics in the past 25 years, and use 3D-integration as an example to demonstrate the interaction of architecture and technology, transforming the technology from research exploration to finally commercial adoption in architecture. Then emerging NVM technology and neuromorphic computing will be discussed as examples of the influence of emerging technology and emerging application on future architecture research. As our community embarks upon the post-Moore's Law era and looks towards a post-CMOS life, technology-driven and application-driven architecture innovations will become the keys for future computer architecture research.