The symposium highlighted new developments in computer architecture, and included a session on how the center’s research can contribute to limiting the impact of pandemics.
Computer architects, VLSI researchers, and compiler experts affiliated with the Applications Driving Architectures (ADA) Center gathered for the center’s annual symposium from May 18 to May 21, 2020. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the symposium was held as a virtual event.
The ADA center is driving the development of a transformative, “plug-and-play” ecosystem to encourage a flood of fresh ideas in computing frontiers such as autonomous control, augmented reality and machine-learning. Its goal is to democratize computing system development in order to make it possible for anyone with motivation and a good idea to build novel, high-performance computing systems. The center is led by U-M Thurnau Professor Valeria Bertacco.
The 2020 symposium involved the participation of over 150 scientists from 10 academic institutions and 13 semiconductor companies, who reported on new solutions and discoveries, as well as research trajectories within the center and in the industry. Projects were introduced and demoed under the thrusts of Deft Development, Algorithm-Driven Architectures, Technology-Driven Systems, and Benchmarks and Metrics, with discussions on virtual reality benchmarks, fast prototyping frameworks, hardware accelerator platforms, compiler enhancements, domain-specific programming languages, and upcoming machine learning applications.