Applications Driving Architectures Center

Reimagining How Computers Are Designed



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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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.

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Ajay Brahmakshatriya Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD Student

- SeedEX: Accelerated Seeding Extension for Genomic Read Alignment
Daichi Fujiki, PhD Student (University of Michigan)
- Characterizing client/cloud acceleration opportunities for homomorphic encryption
Glenn Gihyun Ko, Postdoc Researcher (Harvard University)








ADA Center News

ADA Annual Symposium 2020

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. This year's symposium was held as a virtual event.  

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Illinois Team Releases ILLIXR

Illinois PI Sarita Adve and her team have released ILLIXR (Illinois Extended Reality Suite) - the first open source benchmark suite for architecture and systems research and development on augmented and virtual reality. 

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CARES Movement Receives the 2020 CRA Distinguished Service Award

ACM SIGARCH, led by PI Sarita Adve, founded the first Committee to Aid Reporting on Discrimination and Harassment Policy Violations (CARES). CARES received the 2020 CRA Distinguished Service Award. Thank you, Sarita and CARES group, for your amazing work!

Todd Austin named the S. Jack Hu Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Congratulations to UM PI Todd Austin, who has been named the S. Jack Hu Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. 

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