ADA researcher Hiwot Kassa, a PhD student at the University of Michigan advised by Professor Valeria Bertacco, has been named a 2019 Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellow. The distinction recognizes Kassa’s research accomplishments and leadership skills.
“Going forward on my research and my PhD, the fellowship will open the opportunity for me to develop relationships,” Kassa said. “This will give me a broader view and different perspectives of my research area and will help me to grow as a researcher.”
Kassa’s current research is titled “Efficient Application Mapping to Heterogeneous Systems.” Her research goal is to improve the speed and efficiency of high-performance applications, such as those that rely on large data centers, by coordinating different computing components tackling different computational needs. This will be done by developing a framework that will look at an application’s computations, communication patterns, and data access patterns and decide in real time which components will best handle the application. This is a departure from her previous work, which focused on application-specific architectures designed to handle one type of problem as efficiently as possible.
“Right now, because of the slowing down of Moore’s Law, we’re building lots of application-specific architectures,” Kassa said. “Designers in this area tackle one application after another and design an architecture specifically to suit its needs. But this approach can quickly see Read more
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.