Fri, Jan 28, 2011 @ 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars
Speaker: Jim Torresen, University of Oslo
Talk Title: Making Run-time Reconfigurable Hardware more Useful
Abstract: Before the introduction of multitasking operating systems around 1985, processors would run one program at a time. The program would be uploaded at startup and run until finished. There would be no swapping to other programs during execution of a given program. With todayâs multitasking operating systems, it would often be the exception not performing multitasking for software. This is in contrast to hardware which normally is static at run-time even though reconfigurable hardware is programmable at run-time.
This talk will introduce and describe how we are applying FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) technology for designing high performance run-time reconfigurable computing architectures. This is research undertaken through the project named Context Switching Reconfigurable Hardware forCommunication Systems (COSRECOS), funded by the Research Council of Norway for 2009 â 2013.
The overall goal of the project is to contribute in making run-time reconfigurable systems more feasible in general. This includes introducing architectures for reducing reconfiguration time as well as undertaking tool development. Case studies by applications in network and communication systems will be a part of the project. The talk includes how we plan to address the challenge of changing hardware configurations while a system is in operation as well as giving an overview of promising initial results so far.
Biography: Jim Torresen received his M.Sc. and Dr.ing. (Ph.D) degree in computer architecture and design from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Trondheim in 1991 and 1996, respectively. He has been employed as a senior hardware designer at NERA Telecommunications (1996-1998) and at Navia Aviation (1998-1999).
Since 1999, he has been a professor at the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo (associate professor 1999-2005). Jim Torresen has been a visiting researcher at Kyoto University, Japan for one year (1993-1994), four months at Electrotechnical laboratory, Tsukuba, Japan (1997 and 2000) and is now a visiting professor at Cornell University.
His research interests at the moment include bio-inspired computing, machine learning, reconfigurable hardware, robotics and applying this to complex real-world applications. Several novel methods have been proposed. He has published a number of scientific papers in international journals, books and conference proceedings. 10 tutorials and several invited
talks have been given at international conferences. He is in the program committee of more than ten different international conferences as well as a regular reviewer of a number of international journals. He has also acted as an evaluator for proposals in EU FP7.
Host: Professor Viktor K. Prasanna
Audiences: Everyone Is Invited
Contact: Janice Thompson