ADA Center Director Valeria Bertacco was recently interviewed by EE Times on how as Moore's Law may be ending, many developers are turning to specialized chips to improve performance. We "are just seeing the beginning" of this trend, she said.
"Today, we have five or six types of specialized processors, but in five to 10 years that may turn into 100," Bertacco said. "This finer grain of specialization brings the potential to develop processors that can handle applications that are difficult for today’s hardware, such as the complicated graph-based computations needed to analyze social networks."
“Scaling silicon is not the only way to get lower power and better performance. It was just the easiest way until 10 years ago.”
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Valeria Bertacco is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Associate Dean in the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. Her research interests are in computer design, with emphasis on specialized architecture solutions and design viability, in particular reliability, validation and hardware-security assurance. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Padova, Italy.
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.