September 6, 2012
ECE Professor Bruce Krogh and Assistant Professor of ECE and Computer Science Onur Mutlu have earned HP Labs Innovation Research Awards for 2012. Based on an open, competitive call for proposals, the Innovation Research Program (IRP) is designed to create opportunities for researchers from around the world to engage in groundbreaking collaborative research with HP Labs. This year, Krogh and Mutlu are two of only 61 professors selected for awards from the more than 441 researchers who applied.
Krogh earned an IRP award for the second year to continue his project, "Using Smart Devices for System-Level Management and Control in the Smart Grid," which contributes to HP Labs' Sustainability theme. Krogh and Mario Berges, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, are working with HP Labs' researchers to develop novel distributed control algorithms and communication protocols for using thousands of smart devices in the power grid to provide load-balancing functions currently assigned to a relatively small number of bulk power sources and devices. "When sustainability guides the development of technology and the rethinking of design and processes, incremental steps and advancements can add up to big-picture gains," HP Labs says.
Mutlu will join forces with HP to investigate "Non-Volatile Memory Technologies for Big Data and Cloud Platforms," part of HP Labs' Intelligent Infrastructure theme. Mutlu and HP collaborators are working on new ways of exploiting emerging memory technologies in data-intensive workloads to improve energy efficiency, performance and usability. Recent results of this collaboration are reported in "Enabling Efficient and Scalable Hybrid Memories Using Fine-Granularity DRAM Cache Management," which provides new management mechanisms for a main memory system consisting of a hybrid of conventional DRAM technology and emerging resistive memory technologies.
IRP awards support one graduate student who assists the principal investigator, and range from $50,000 to $75,000 for one year, renewable for a maximum of three years. For more on the program — and this year's winners — visit www.hpl.hp.com/openinnovation/irp/2012results.html.