• TALK: Efficient and Easily Programmable Accelerator Architectures

    05/13/2013 2:00 pm

    TALK: Prof Tor Aamodt, University of British Columbia - Mon, May 13 at 2pm in Woz (430 Soda)

    Speaker: Tor Aamodt, University of British Columbia

    Title: Efficient and Easily Programmable Accelerator Architectures

    Abstract: Current projections suggest semiconductor scaling may end near the 7nm process node within 10 years. Energy efficiency is already a primary design goal due to the end of voltage scaling. Programmable accelerators such as graphics processing units (GPUs) can potentially enable further reductions in the cost of computation along with further increases in computing efficiency. However, GPUs are typically perceived as suitable only for a narrow range of applications such as high performance computing. This talk will describe recent research on hardware changes to broaden the range of applications that benefit from GPU-like accelerators. Approaches discussed will include introducing transactional memory and coherence into GPUs as well as improving cache utilization via hardware thread scheduling.

    Bio: Tor Aamodt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Two of his papers on (GPU-like) accelerators have been selected as "Top Picks" from computer architecture conferences by IEEE Micro magazine. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, Program Chair for ISPASS 2013, and has served on the program committee of several computer architecture conferences. He received his BASc (in Engineering Science), MASc and PhD at the University of Toronto. He worked at NVIDIA on the memory system of the first GPU supporting CUDA (G80).

  • Joel Galenson 2nd Prize Winner at the LIVE 2013 Workshop

    Our Live Programming tool for Eclipse IDE won the 2nd prize at the LIVE 2013 (http://liveprogramming.github.io/2013/index.html) workshop to be held in conjunction with ICSE 2013 at San Francisco. Graduate student, Joel Galenson, is leading this project. Joel is co-advised by Professors Ras Bodik and Koushik Sen. Video of demo can be seen http://liveprogramming.github.io/liveblog/. The tool website is located at http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~joel/codehint/.

    Congratulations Joel Galenson!

  • Mangpo Phothilimthana and Nishant Tolta Win 2013 Qualcomm Innovations Fellowship

    Congratulations to Mangpo and Nishant on winning the 2013 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship for their project Programming Model and Synthesis for Ultra-Low-Power Spatial Architectures. Excellent job!

    Historically, nearly half (3 out of 7) QinF fellowships for UC Berkeley were awarded to ParLab students.


  • ACM Learning Webinar: Engineering Software as a Service - May 8, 2013

    Engineering Software as a Service

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 2 PM ET/1 noon CT/12 noon MT/11 AM PT/6 PM UTC
    Software as a Service (SaaS) and Agile software development started simultaneously but independently. SaaS deploys software at one site made available over the Internet. Agile relies on incrementally developed prototypes and continuous customer feedback. Since Agile embraces change, it is an excellent match to SaaS’s rapid evolution. Thus, Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google...rely on Agile.

    To register: http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=603738&s=1&k=BC1B5DF4A564713A7E602907290BC850

  • Armando Fox on the PBS NewsHour: How Free Online Courses are Changing the Traditional Liberal Arts Education

    Armando Fox on the PBS NewsHour: How Free Online Courses are Changing the Traditional Liberal Arts Education

    Link to video: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education/jan-june13/online_01-08.html