Applications Driving Architectures Center

Reimagining How Computers Are Designed


Task Liaison Meetings

Calling All Task Liaisons

ADA Center students are presenting their research at online task liaison meetings each Wednesday. Task liaisons and other interested sponsors are invited to join. Registration is not necessary, but please visit our complete liaison meeting schedule for info on how to attend each meeting.

Eastern Time


Colby Banbury

Harvard University

PhD Student

Eastern Time

Yu-Shun Hsaio

Harvard University

PhD Student

- A Universal Butterfly Transform Accelerator Generator in PyMTL3
Shunning Jiang, PhD Student (Cornell University)
- Scheduling for ILLIXR
Samuel Grayson, PhD Student (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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ADA Center News

ADA PI Todd Austin Receives a MICRO 2020 Test of Time Award

The MICRO Test of Time (ToT) award recognizes the most influential papers published in prior sessions of the International Symposium on Microarchitecture, each of whom has had a significant impact in the field.

Every year, papers are nominated for the award, either by recommendation from members of the computer architecture community, or automatically if they meet a minimum citation count criterion. Winning papers are selected by the ToT Award Committee (see committee formation guidelines), and are announced at that year’s MICRO conference.  More details can be found at

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ADA PI David Brooks Recognized as 2020 ACM Fellow

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named 95 members ACM Fellows for wide-ranging and fundamental contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cloud computing, computer graphics, computational biology, data science, human-computer interaction, software… Read more

ADA Ian Neal Paper Accepted to FAST'21

Michigan ADA student Ian Neal's paper on rethinking file system indexing has been accepted to to FAST'21. Amazing work by Neal and fellow ADA students Gefei Zuo and Tanvir Ahmed Kahn, and their collaborators Simon Peter and Youngjin Kwon. 

ADA Center Hosts First Virtual Hackathon

The ADA Center hosted it's first virtual hackathon as part of the Fall 2020 Symposium. Teams collaborated virtually via Zoom on seven different challenges. 

Dustin Richmond University of Washington

ADA e-Workshop: NoC Symbiosis: 10x More Bandwidth for Network-on-Chips

Eastern and Eastern

Task 3.6/2775.019 - Prototypes and Evaluations

In this talk, we introduce NoC Symbiosis, which overcomes this limitation and provides 10X or greater increases in bandwidth with modest area impact.


As the computing industry struggles to maintain its historically rapid pace of innovation, the ADA Center, based at the University of Michigan, aims to streamline and democratize the design and manufacturing of next-generation computing systems.

The Center for Applications Driving Architectures, or ADA, is developing a transformative, "plug-and-play" ecosystem to encourage a flood of fresh ideas in computing frontiers such as autonomous control, robotics and machine-learning.

Today, analysts worry that the industry is stagnating, caught between physical limits to the size of silicon transistors and the skyrocketing costs and complexity of system design.

"The electronic industry is facing many challenges going forward, and we stand a much better chance of solving these problems if we can make hardware design more accessible to a large pool of talent," said Valeria Bertacco, an Arthur F. Thurnau professor of computer science and engineering at U-M and director of the ADA Center. "We want to make it possible for anyone with motivation and a good idea to build novel high-performance computing systems."

The center is a five-year project that includes researchers from several leading universities.


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