September 27, 2001
Babak Falsafi, Assistant Professor of ECE and CS, received an IBM Faculty Partnership Award (FPA) for his work on bridging the processor/memory performance gap in future generation computer systems. Falsafi's research group, the CMU Impetus, is proposing novel memory system designs which unlike conventional approaches are "proactive." A proactive memory system tracks and learns a processor's memory access patterns and bridges the processor/memory performance gap by predicting subsequent memory accesses well in advance of a processor reference to hide the access latency. Besides prediction/speculation techniques in memory systems, Falsafi's research interests include power-aware computer systems, speculatively-threaded microarchitecture, and analytic and simulation tools for computer system performance evaluation.