March 5, 2004
Associate Professor of ECE and CS Babak Falsafi was one of 116 North American professors in the early stages of their careers chosen for a 2004 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for exceptional promise in science and technology. Presented over two years, the $40,000 award will be applied to his work on the PUMA2 project designing the Streaming Memory Engine, a novel architecture that promises to bridge the ever-increasing performance gap between CPU and memory.
"Unlike conventional memory systems that rely on simple yet increasingly ineffective heuristics as to when to move data across a hierarchy of storage elements, Streaming Memory capitalizes on repetitive program execution and temporal correlation of memory objects e.g., data structures or code fragments that are accessed close together in time to stream data to the CPU prior to access, and stream the data away from the CPU when no longer needed," Falsafi said.
According to the Sloan Foundation, winners were selected from 51 colleges and universities; Falsafi was the only one chosen from Carnegie Mellon.Recipients of the funding must have completed their Ph.D. within six years and are free to pursue independent research projects of their choice. Fellows are recommended by senior scholars or department heads; ECE Department Head Pradeep Khosla nominated Falsafi.
"The Sloan Research Fellowships were created by Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. in 1955 to provide crucial and flexible funds to outstanding researchers early in their academic careers," Ralph E. Gomory, the foundation's president, said in a news release."Through the years these fellowships have helped the research careers of their recipients, and we are very proud to be associated with their achievements."
Sloan Fellowships are offered in physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, and neuroscience.Twenty eight former Sloan Fellows are Nobel Prize winners.The selection committee received more than 500 nominations; CS Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Jeanette Wing was on the computer science panel.