GreenDroid: An Architecture for the Dark Silicon Era
Wednesday, September 28, 2011|
12:00pm - 1:30pm
3725 Beyster Bldg.
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About the Event
The Dark Silicon Era kicked off with the transition to multicore and will be characterized by a wild chase for seemingly
ever-more insane architectural designs. At the heart of this
transformation is the utilization wall, which states that, with each
new process generation, the percentage of transistors that a chip can
switch at full frequency is dropping exponentially due to power
constraints. This has led to increasingly larger and larger fractions
of a chip's silicon area that must remain passive, or dark.
Michael B. Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. His research interests focus around the design of novel computing artifacts. His recent projects include Kremlin, a tool best described as "like gprof, but for parallelization" GreenDroid, jointly led with Steven Swanson; and SD-VBS, a vision benchmark suite. As a PhD student at MIT, Michael was the lead architect of the 16-core MIT Raw processor, which was later commercialized into the 100-core Tilera chips. Prior to that, he co-authored the first version of the Connectix VirtualPC x86-to-PowerPC translator, and hacked microkernels at Apple. He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2009, a PhD from MIT in 2007, and an AB from Dartmouth College in 1996. He has been writing code for 86% of his life.
Sponsor: Professor Scott Mahlke
Open to: Public