Design for 2014
October 5, 2001
Hamerschlag Hall D210
U. of Texas at Austin
Silicon devices have at least 15 years of physical scaling left. It is
unclear, however, that we will be able to exploit the properties and densities
of those devices effectively. The one-two punch of clocking limits and
slower wires will make performance scaling more difficult than ever before,
as will the growing unreliability of these devices.
In this talk, I will present a new class of microprocessor architectures,
called Grid Processor Architectures (GPAs). GPAs are intended to show
an order of magnitude higher performance, scale with technology, adapt
to numerous application classes, and tolerate radiation or noise-induced
soft errors. Finally, I will describe the prototype TRIPS chip being designed
at UT-Austin, which contains multiple GPA cores on a single die.
Doug Burger is an Assistant Professor in Computer
Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in
Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison very late in
His research interests are in computer architecture and its many affiliated
areas, and he is co-leader of the TRIPS project at UT-Austin.