Nowatzki receives NSF CAREER Award for merging hardware and software design



Tony nowatzki, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the agency’s highest honor for faculty members early in their research and teaching careers .

the five year scholarship will support its research aimed at balancing trends towards more specialized computer processor designs for specific tasks.

Custom processors have helped enable major breakthroughs in important areas, such as deep neural networks for image and speech recognition, and in DNA sequencing for genomic research. While specialization has continued to lead to great improvements in processing speed, power, and power efficiency, programmability and generality are still essential to enable advancements in emerging applications, as well as to deliver cost savings. of scale.

Nowatzki seeks to develop “fabrics of specialization” – where software and hardware components are designed with processing and energy efficiency in mind. This could enable the development of computer systems with extended capabilities that can be used in many different types of applications, while still achieving the performance of their custom counterparts. More precisely, it will seek to meet two challenges in the development of specialization fabrics. First, extend and implement these concepts without hampering the performance of specialized processors. The second enables modularity, where simple modifications to computer hardware can be modified to accommodate a wide variety of applications, from gigantic data centers to personal portable devices.

Nowatzki joined UCLA in January 2017. His research interests include computer architecture, mathematical modeling and optimization of computer systems. He teaches an undergraduate course in computer architecture, organization and operating systems, and graduate courses in hardware / software designs for machine learning and specializations in computer architectures. Honors for his research twice include one of the IEEE Micro’s Top Picks in Computer Architecture (2016 and 2017) and receiving a Distinguished Communication Award at the Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI) conference.

Nowatzki received his doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.



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