March 30, 2010
Each year, industry and faculty experts select the best papers from computer architecture conferences for IEEE Micro magazine's "Top Picks." This year, Assistant ECE Professor Onur Mutlu's SAFARI group had two papers among the 13 chosen as stand-outs for their novelty and potential for long-term impact.
One of those papers, "Architecting Phase Change Memory as a Scalable DRAM Alternative," describes and evaluates enabling new phase change memory technology to be used as main memory instead of DRAM. The paper, co-written by Mutlu and colleagues in the Computer Architecture Group at Microsoft Research, originally appeared in the 36th International Symposium on Computer Architecture. The award version of the paper, "Phase Change Technology and the Future of Main Memory," can be viewed here.
In the second paper, "Accelerating Critical Section Execution with Asymmetric Multicore Architectures," Mutlu and colleagues from IBM Research and the University of Texas at Austin introduced a new execution architecture that reduces thread serialization due to critical sections by executing critical sections on the more powerful cores in an asymmetric multicore architecture. This paper originally appeared in the 14th International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems. To read it, click here.
Assistant Professor of ECE Onur Mutlu