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ESE/CIS Joint Seminar: “Future Heterogeneous Systems Need More First-Class Citizens”

September 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In recent years, system designers have increasingly been turning to heterogeneous systems to improve performance and energy efficiency.  Specialized accelerators are frequently used to improve the efficiency of computations that run inefficiently on conventional, general-purpose processors. As a result, systems ranging from smartphones to datacenters, hyperscalers, and supercomputers are increasingly using large numbers of accelerators (including GPUs) while providing better efficiency than CPU-based solutions.  In particular, GPUs are widely used in these systems due to their combination of programmability and efficiency.  Traditionally, GPUs are throughput-oriented, focused on data parallelism, and assume synchronization happens at a coarse granularity.  However, programmers have begun using these systems for a wider variety of applications which exhibit different characteristics, including latency-sensitivity, mixes of both task and data parallelism, and fine-grained synchronization.  Thus, future heterogeneous systems must evolve and make deadline-aware scheduling, more intelligent data movement, efficient fine-grained synchronization, and effective power management first-order design constraints.  In the first part of this talk, I will discuss our efforts to apply hardware-software co-design to help future heterogeneous systems overcome these challenges and improve performance, energy efficiency, and scalability.  Then, in the second part I will discuss how the on-going transition to chiplet-based heterogeneous systems exacerbates these challenges and my vision for extending our work to address these challenges in chiplet-based heterogeneous systems by rethinking the control plane.

Matt Sinclair

Computer Sciences Dept. University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Visiting Research Scholar at AMD Research

Matt Sinclair is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Visiting Research Scholar at AMD Research.  His research primarily focuses on how to design, program, and optimize future heterogeneous systems.  His work also examines how to design the tools used to study future heterogeneous systems, including serving as a member of the gem5 Project Management Committee and the MLCommons Research Working Group.  He is also the current steward for the ISCA Hall of Fame.  His research has been recognized several times, including a 2018 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award nomination, a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, the 2018 David J. Kuck Outstanding PhD Thesis Award, and an ACM SIGARCH – IEEE Computer Society TCCA 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award Honorable Mention.  Previously, he completed his PhD in the Computer Science Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the supervision of Sarita Adve.


September 30, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Computer and Information Science
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Heilmeier Hall (Room 100), Towne Building
220 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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