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.

Eastern Time

Custom Memory Hierarchy for Emerging Graph Neural Networks

Daichi Fujiki

University of Michigan

PhD Student

- Optimizing the Performance of Sequestered Encryption
Lauren Biernacki, PhD Student (University of Michigan)
- HEAL: Homomorphic Encryption Accelerator Library
Yeongil Ko, PhD Student (Harvard University)

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ADA Center News

ILLIXR Highlighted as JUMP Research Success Story at an ISCA’21 Panel

At an ISCA’21 panel, "Is there research funding beyond machine learning and quantum?" Panelist Tim Green (Director of Innovative Research at SRC) highlighted the ILLIXR project in answer to the question “How do SRC and DARPA move the needle on a problem as complex as hardware-software co-design?” He described the timeline of the development of ILLIXR as a success story from the SRC/DARPA sponsored C-FAR/JUMP programs with phrases such as “high risk/high reward,” and “the impossible made possible,” When the ILLIXR team started nearly 5 years ago, many thought that such an open source system would be impossible.

Valeria Bertacco Wins Elvira Poli Alumni Award

Congratulations to Valeria Bertacco for winning a prestigious Elvira Poli Alumni Award. These awards are given to engineering alumni who have made extraordinary contributions to their field.

ADA PIs Thomas Wenisch and Adrian Sampson Recognized at 2021 ISCA

ADA PI Tom Wenisch was recognized with the 2021 ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award, and ADA PI Adrian Sampson was recognized with the 2021 TCCA Young Architect Award at this year's ISCA. 

2021 Lynn Conway Research Award

Congrats to Lauren Biernacki (1st place), Huwan Peng (2nd place) and Lillian Pentecost (2nd place), for receiving the Lynn Conway Research Award at the 2021 ADA Annual Symposium. Nicholas Wendt and James Choncholas were runners up, and many other students created amazing demos.









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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