Conferences - Seminars

  Monday 27 April 2009 14:15 BM 1 119

Power-, Temperature-, and Reliability-Aware Design and Management of Integrated Circuits

By Prof. Robert Dick

Abstract: Power consumption is the root cause of substantial problems facing digital system designers. Rapid power variation brings transient errors. High power densities bring high temperatures, harming reliability and increasing leakage power consumption. The wages of power are bulky, short-lived batteries, huge heat sinks, large on-die capacitors, high server electric bills, and unreliable microprocessors. The design of high-quality digital systems depends on accurate and efficient models and analysis techniques, as well as design-time and run-time optimization of power and thermal characteristics. In this talk, we give a taxonomy of the problems caused by high power consumption and temperature. We then present some recent progress in rapid thermal analysis for use in architectural design; design-time techniques to control power, temperature, and reliability; and run-time techniques for characterization and management of integrated circuit power consumption and temperature. Finally, we will briefly summarize recent work on (1) the use of new memory hierarchy organizations to enhance functionality, security, and performance and (2) the design of languages to support wireless sensor network design by those who most need them, i.e., application experts who are not experienced programmers. Biography: Robert Dick is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. degree from Princeton University and his B.S. degree from Clarkson University. He worked as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University's Department of Electronic Engineering, as a Visiting Researcher at NEC Labs America, and as an Associate Professor at Northwestern University. Robert received an NSF CAREER award and won his department's Best Teacher of the Year award in 2004. His technology won a Computerworld Horizon Award and his paper was selected by DATE as one of the 30 most influential in the past 10 years in 2007. He served as a technical program subcommittee chair for the International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems and serves on the technical program committees of several embedded systems and CAD/VLSI conferences. Robert Dick's homepage

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