Introducing ADA's new Principal Investigators

Reetuparna Das

University of Michigan

Ada Gavrilovska

Georgia Tech

Timothy Rogers

Purdue University

Ian Neal

Ian NealADA PhD Student

ADA Develops New Tool for gem5 Simulations

ADA researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new tool enabling more efficient gem5 simulations. Lapidary creates gem5 checkpoints on bare-metal to avoid the weeks of simulation usually required to create viable checkpoints. It takes core dumps of the program through gdb (along with gathering other miscellaneous process state information) and transforms the output into a gem5-compatible checkpoint. It then performs short simulations over many checkpoints (in accordance with the SMARTS sampling methodology) to produce statistically significant performance measurements.

This tool was developed by PhD student Ian Neal, Professor Baris Kasikci, and Professor Thomas Wenisch.

Lapidary's code and instructions are available on GitHub. Neal also published an article on Medium about this project

Before releasing this to the broader public and exploring upstreaming to the gem5 project, the developers are hoping to get more feedback from more architects on Lapidary, specifically on how useful it is and possible features to add. For more information or to provide feedback, email

JUMP Center Panel Featured at DAC 2019

"Electronics Innovation’s Great Leap Forward: An overview of the JUMP program" was one of the panels featured at the 2019 Design Automation Conference (DAC 2019), held in Las Vegas June 2-6. The panel, moderated by DARPA's Linton Salmon, discussed ADA and the other JUMP centers. ADA… Read more

Specialization Trend is Just Beginning, Bertacco Tells EE Times

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… Read more

Addisie wins Academic Achievement Prize

ADA student Abraham Addisie, a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, has been awarded the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement by the UM College of Engineering. This prize is presented to a graduate student in each degree program to recognize… Read more

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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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Benchmarking and Profiling of ML Applications using MLModelScope

Cheng Li

Cheng Li University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PhD Student

- MaxNVM: Maximizing DNN Storage Density and Inference Efficiency with Sparse Encoding and Error Mitigation
Lillian Pentecost, PhD Student (Harvard University)
- Supporting Diverse Models in TVM Relay
Jared G. Roesch, PhD Student (University of Washington)

- Software Data Planes: You Can't Always Spin to Win
Hossein Golestani, PhD Student (University of Michigan)
- Simple Chisel: A Hardware Description Language for Mere Mortals
Shibo Chen, PhD Student (University of Michigan)

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.

University of Michigan
Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University
Georgia Tech
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Princeton University
Purdue University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Washington

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