University of Washington PI Zachary Tatlock and his team led the effort this year, in collaboration with CRISP PI Luis Ceze and his students. The hackathon was centered on Domain Specific Languages and compilers. The hackathon framework of choice for this space was the TVM platform based on TVM. The goal was to work on open areas of the TVM stack. Students worked on seven different tasks, including improving benchmarking and profiling, creating datatypes, fuzzing (program testing), improving gradient coverage, improving training, uTVM (Minimize device communication overhead), TVM to FPCore Backend to run analysis. Overall, students reported that they found that working with their teams was effective and that the tasks were appropriately challenging.
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.