Designing Energy-Efficient Information Processing Systems

Massoud Pedram

University of Southern California

The semiconductor industry is facing some extraordinary challenges, including process and aging-induced variability of nano-devices as well as excessive power dissipation and heat generation in VLSI circuits and systems. In order for the industry to continue to expand and prosper, it is critical to address these challenges heads on. It is against this backdrop that I provide examples of some techniques used to robustly improve the energy efficiency in a variety of hardware platforms, ranging from high performance to mobile computing systems. More precisely, my talk will include a discussion of the following research results: (i) Power/performance modeling of multi-core server systems, (ii) Concurrent DVFS and core consolidation under power and thermal constraints, and (iii) Variability- aware design and optimization of energy-delay optimal pipelines.



Biography:Massoud Pedram is the Stephen and Etta Varra Professor in the EE department at the University of Southern California. He received his B.S. degree in EE from Caltech in 1986 and PhD in EECS from UC- Berkeley in 1991. He is a recipient of the 1996 Presidential Faculty Fellows Award, a Fellow of the IEEE, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and the past Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems and the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems. Dr. Pedram’s research focuses on energy-efficient computing, energy storage systems, low power electronics and design, and computer aided design of VLSI circuits and systems. Dr. Pedram and his research group have published more than 500 papers, and received seven Conference and two IEEE Transactions Best Paper awards for their work.