October 3, 2008
The National Science Foundation has highlighted the Spiral Project on the "Discoveries" section of its website. Only a few NSF funded projects are chosen from across all disciplines to be featured in Discoveries.
Spiral, a tool developed in ECE under the lead of Professors Markus PÃ¼schel and José Moura, can replace the human programmer in the very difficult task of writing highest performance code for important numerical functions and often achieves even better performance than human programmers.
The technology underlying Spiral's success was developed by ECE Research Scientist Franz Franchetti and PÃ¼schel's recent Ph.D. graduate Yevgen Voronenko. Voronenko won an ECE best dissertation award this year at Commencement for his thesis titled "Library Generation for Linear Transforms."
For more information on Spiral's capabilities, see "Computer Generation of Conmercial Libraries Becomes a Reality" from July 2008.