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  • Towards Accelerator-Rich Architectures and Systems

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 02:00 PM - 03:15 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Zhenman Fang, UCLA

    Talk Title: Towards Accelerator-Rich Architectures and Systems

    Abstract: With Intel's $16.7B acquisition of Altera and the deployment of FPGAs in major cloud service providers including Microsoft and Amazon, we are entering a new era of customized computing. In future architectures and systems, it is anticipated that there will be a sea of heterogeneous accelerators customized for important application domains, such as machine learning and personalized healthcare, to provide better performance and energy-efficiency. Many research problems are still open, such as how to efficiently integrate accelerators into future chips and commodity datacenters, and how to program such accelerator-rich architectures and systems.
    In this talk, I will first briefly explain how customized accelerators can achieve orders-of-magnitude performance improvement, based on our open-source simulator PARADE [ICCAD 2015, tutorials at ISCA 2015 & MICRO 2016]. Second, I will present our initial work on CPU-accelerator co-design, where we provide efficient and unified address translation support between CPU cores and accelerators [HPCA 2017 Best Paper Nominee]. It shows that a simple two-level TLB design for accelerators plus the host core MMU for accelerator page walking can be very efficient. On average, it achieves 7.6x speedup over the naïve IOMMU and there is only 6.4% performance gap to the ideal address translation. Finally, I will present the open-source Blaze system that provides programming and runtime support to enable easy and efficient FPGA accelerator deployment in datacenters [HotCloud 2016, ACM SOCC 2016]. Blaze abstracts accelerators-as-a-service, and bridges the gap between big data applications (e.g., Apache Spark programs) and emerging accelerators (e.g., FPGAs). By plugging a PCIe-based FPGA board into each CPU server, it can improve the system throughput by several folds for a range of applications.

    Biography: Dr. Zhenman Fang is a postdoc in the Computer Science Department, UCLA, working with Prof. Jason Cong and Prof. Glenn Reinman. He is a member of the NSF/Intel funded multi-university Center for Domain-Specific Computing (CDSC) and the SRC/DARPA funded multi-university Center for Future Architectures Research (C-FAR). Zhenman received his PhD in June 2014 from Fudan University, China and spent the last 15 months of his PhD program visiting University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. Zhenman's research lies at the boundary of heterogeneous and energy-efficient computer architectures, big data workloads and systems, and system-level design automation. He has published 10+ papers in top venues that span across computer architecture (HPCA, TACO, ICS), design automation (DAC, ICCAD, FCCM, IEEE Design & Test), and cloud computing (ACM SOCC). He received several awards, including a postdoc fellowship from UCLA Institute of Digital Research and Education, a best paper nominee of HPCA 2017, a best demo award at the C-FAR center annual review. More details can be found in his personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/fangzhenman/.
    Host: Xuehai Qian, x04459, xuehai.qian@usc.edu

    Location: Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center (EEB) - 132

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Gerrielyn Ramos

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  • The 2017 Albert Dorman Lecture Series

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: C. D. Mote, Jr., President of the National Academy of Engineering

    Talk Title: Understanding and Executing Leadership

    Biography:


    Host: Lucio Soibelman

    More Information: Mote Poster.pdf

    Location: 526

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Kaela Berry

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  • Cover Letter Workshop

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Learn how to create a cover letter that will serve as the marketing tool that will get your foot inside industrys door!

    Location: Ronald Tutor Hall of Engineering (RTH) - 211

    Audiences: All Viterbi Students

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • CAIS Seminar: Drs. Milind Tambe & Eric Rice (University of Southern California) - AI for Social Good

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Milind Tambe & Dr. Eric Rice, University of Southern California

    Talk Title: AI for Social Good

    Series: Center for AI in Society (CAIS) Seminar Series

    Abstract: This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium

    How can AI be used for social good? Artificial intelligence has received an enormous amount of attention in the popular press over the past few years. Much of this press is negative, focusing on job loss due to automation or fears of weaponized AI. In this lecture, Drs. Tambe and Rice will share their vision for how AI and social work can come together in the 21st century to tackle some of the world's most vexing social issues. They will discuss how they created the USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society and its mission; and will share some of CAIS main areas of research, including homelessness, suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, gang violence prevention, wildlife conservation, and counter-terrorism.


    Biography: Drs. Milind Tambe and Eric Rice are the co-directors and co-founders of USC CAIS. Dr. Tambe is the Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor in Viterbi School of Engineering and Dr. Rice is an associate professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

    Host: Milind Tambe

    Location: Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Memorial Hall (of Philosophy) (MHP) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Computer Science Department

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  • Northrop Grumman Corporation Info Session

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Career Connections

    Workshops & Infosessions


    Join us as we define the future of science, technology and engineering. At Northrop Grumman, we've developed the Future Technical Leaders (FTL) Program - a professional development opportunity aimed at identifying and investing in Northrop Grumman's next generation of technologists and leaders.

    Location: Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: RTH 218 Viterbi Career Connections

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  • BIOMED

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    BIOMED is a beginning-of-the-year dinner meant to introduce incoming and current students of any background to medical issues that face our world today. This semi-formal event invites faculty and PhD students in the USC Department of Biomedical Engineering to discuss their experiences in the research field and provides an opportunity for students to become better acquainted with their peers, faculty, and staff at USC. BIOMED will be taking place Thursday, September 7th in TCC 301/302. We are excited to welcome the Chair of the Viterbi BME department, Dr. Ellis Meng, as our keynote speaker and our three distinguished speakers: Dr. Francisco Valero-Cuevas, Dr. Christina Zavaleta, and Dr. Andrea Armani. Refundable deposits of 10$ are due to the front desk of DRB Wednesday, September 6th. Please reserve your spot by filling out the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdi5rvx4ly_8g42GNtPRnR7Rkmi5AHlmGMOQor7idF61Oyvow/viewform?c=0&w=

    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - 301

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering

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  • Speed Date an A.O.E. Active!

    Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Organizations

    Student Activity


    Come speed date our actives! In order to get to know us on a more personal level, you'll have a few minutes with each active and some question prompts. This is one of the last chances to get to know us, so please come out! If you have any questions, please contact our Vice President, Hannah Adams, at hannahad@usc.edu.

    Location: Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Of Letters, Arts & Sciences (GFS) - 109

    Audiences: Undergrad

    Posted By: Alpha Omega Epsilon USC

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