Mutlu Receives NSF CAREER Award


May 11, 2010

Onur Mutlu, assistant professor of ECE, received a five-year, $549,306 grant from the National Science Foundation to research techniques and algorithms for creating scalable, high-performance, quality-of-service-aware memory systems for multicore processors.

Mutlu's research group, SAFARI, is investigating novel and efficient hardware/software techniques to overcome fundamental performance, security, robustness, reliability and efficiency challenges in current and future computer systems.

"The goal of our supported research is to develop predictable and controllable, yet at the same time, higher performance systems. Multicore systems are everywhere in our daily lives, including office, mobile, cloud, sensor, and high-performance computing applications that drive productivity and innovation," Mutlu said. "On these systems with shared hardware resources, we need to ensure that different applications or users on the system sharing the resources achieve the service quality and performance they need. Such guarantees on service quality are not available in existing systems, because the shared memory system is a large bottleneck and its design is vulnerable to denial of service attacks. Our research aims to change this, and to design multicore systems we can count on, which we hope will make our lives better and more productive."

"This is a wonderful award for such an outstanding young researcher," said Ed Schlesinger, the David Edward Schramm Memorial Professor and head of the ECE Department. "The economic vitality of our nation depends on secure and robust computer systems, and we have the talent and the commitment to make our important cyber highways safer and more efficient."

Mutlu received bachelor's degrees in computer engineering and psychology in 2000 from the University of Michigan, and a master's in 2002 and Ph.D. in 2006 in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the ECE faculty, he worked at Microsoft Research, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

-Chriss Swaney

Assistant Professor of ECE Onur Mutlu

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