May 24, 2006
ECE graduate students Brandon Salmon and Roland Wunderlich were awarded two-year Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowships, which will cover their tuition and fees as well as a stipend. They will be paired with a mentor from Intel and have the opportunity to intern there. Both of them will also receive an Intel microprocessor-based computer and travel costs for the Fellowship Forum at Intel. The Intel Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee selects students focusing on semiconductor technologies for the fellowship based on their academic achievement and the relevance of their research to Intel's industry.
Roland's research is affiliated with the Computer Architecture Lab at Carnegie Mellon (CALCM) and the Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI). His advisor, James Hoe, CALCM's co-director, explains the challenges of Roland's research: "Modern microprocessors embody a host of 'smart' mechanisms in an effort to speed up generic off-the-shelf binaries. Increasingly, we are finding the unpredictable nature of these hidden mechanisms can come to work against explicit attempts to maximally tune HPC [high performance computing] applications," he said. "Roland is a member of the SPIRAL group and is developing new high-resolution performance analysis techniques that are necessary to really understand how software behave on today's microprocessors."
Brandon's work is affiliated with the Parallel Data Lab (PDL), which is directed by his advisor, Greg Ganger, who has seen Brandon's area of study develop rapidly: "Brandon's focus on distributed storage architecture and management for the home has quickly grown into a hot topic in industry," said Professor Ganger. "Brandon has begun collaborating with Intel people across multiple groups, making him an excellent representative of the Intel Ph.D. Fellowship program."
Planning to intern at Intel this summer, Brandon previously spent summers with Microsoft and VMware. Roland interned with Intel, as well as with IBM. Both students have collaborated on projects with the Intel Research Pittsburgh laboratory and earned their M.S. degrees in ECE at Carnegie Mellon. Brandon received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, while Roland has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Rutgers University.
In recent years, Intel fellowships have also been awarded to Vyacheslav Rovner (2005-2006) and John Griffin and Tom Wenisch (2003-2004).