Applications Driving Architectures Center

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.

- Unifying Sparsity and Compression
Daniel Donenfeld, PhD Student (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- Acceleration Homomorphic Encryption through In-memory computing
Yongmo Park, PhD Student (University of Michigan)

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ADA Center News

Illinois ADA Students and ADA PI Sarita Adve win Best Paper Award for ILLIXR at IISWC 2021

The committee was particularly impressed by the quality of the artifact(s) that the paper provides and its potential impact on the broader research community as a foundation on which extensive follow-on research can be performed across the fields of computer architecture, operating systems, run times, distributed systems, and of course AR itself.  We were also impressed that the authors provided, motivated, and explained new metrics by which the research community can evaluate work done in the AR space.  This paper could easily be a "Test of Time" paper years down the road... if IISWC had such a thing.

ADA Center Hosts Hybrid Fall Symposium

The Applications Driving Architectures (ADA) Research Center hosted their 2021 Fall Symposium on November 10-12 . The event brought together 70 in-person participants from across the ADA-participating institutions, with 40 virtual attendees. As the first event with in-person participation… Read more

$1 Million Grant From NSF Bolsters ILLIXR as Community Infrastructure for Extended Reality Research

ILLIXR is first-of-its kind open source testbed and consortium for the broad Extended Reality (XR) community, which encompasses virtual (VR), augmented (AR) and mixed reality (MR). The necessity for ILLIXR exists because of the lack of an “open-source full system benchmark and testbed to… Read more

PyTorchFI Added to the Official PyTorch Ecosystem

PyTorchFI, a runtime perturbation tool for deep neural networks (DNNs) created by ADA Researchers at UIUC, has recently been added to the official PyTorch Ecosystem. This endorsement has lead to over 25,000 downloads, and it will likely lead to more researchers and developers to using … Read more


Sarita Adve University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Systems 2030: The Extended Reality Case

Eastern and Eastern

Task 1.5/2775.005 - Benchmarks and Metrics & Task 1.6/2775.006 - Prototypes and Evaluations & Task 2.2/2775.008 - Algorithm-Driven Concurrency Paradigms & Task 2.5/2775.011 - Benchmarks and Metrics & Task 2.6/2775.012 - Prototypes and Evaluations

To drive the technologies to enable domain-specific edge systems for the next decade, my group has been working in the domain of extended reality (XR), including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. XR has the potential to transform our lives, but there is an orders of magnitude performance-power-quality gap between what is achievable today and our ideal XR systems. To enable research in this area, we have built ILLIXR –- Illinois Extended Reality tested –- the first open source XR system and testbed for XR systems research.


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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