WEDNESDAY November 15, 8:45am - 9:45am | Salons A & B1
EVENT TYPE: KEYNOTEHow EDA Could Save the World (of Computing)
Todd Austin - Univ. of Michigan
With the end of Moore's Law arriving soon, there is much concern for the future of computing. Rightly, much of the research community's focus has turned toward heterogeneous parallel architectures, whose application-specialized designs hold the promise to overcome the lost benefits of silicon dimensional scaling. In this talk, I will make the case that the future success of computing has less to do with "how" we design these architectures and more about "how much" will it cost to bring them to the market. My claim is that unless the EDA community can develop technologies and methodologies to lower design costs by at least 100x, no affordable solutions will emerge to close the Moore's Law scaling gap. To get people thinking in this direction, I will present five new research directions that could slash the cost of future hardware designs, ideas that run the gamut from reusable accelerators, to fabless custom silicon, and open-source hardware.
Biography: Todd Austin is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His research interests include computer architecture, robust and secure system design, hardware and software verification, and performance analysis tools and techniques. Currently Todd is director of C-FAR, the Center for Future Architectures Research, a multi-university SRC/DARPA funded center that is seeking technologies to scale the performance and efficiency of future computing systems. Prior to joining academia, Todd was a Senior Computer Architect in Intel's Microcomputer Research Labs, a product-oriented research laboratory in Hillsboro, Oregon. Todd is the first to take credit (but the last to accept blame) for creating the SimpleScalar Tool Set, a popular collection of computer architecture performance analysis tools. Todd is co-author (with Andrew Tanenbaum) of the undergraduate computer architecture textbook, "Structured Computer Architecture, 6th Ed." In addition to his work in academia, Todd is founder and President of SimpleScalar LLC and co-founder of InTempo Design LLC. In 2002, Todd was a Sloan Research Fellow, and in 2007 he received the ACM Maurice Wilkes Award for "innovative contributions in Computer Architecture including the SimpleScalar Toolkit and the DIVA and Razor architectures." Todd received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1996.