SRC-SIA Webinar on Collaboration Towards Decadal Plan Goals: Advances and Challenges in Semiconductor Design

Date: June 14, 2022
Time: 12:30 pm EDT

The SRC-DARPA JUMP program reignited system design innovation in many areas. Examples include transcending the current limitations of 2D planar integrated circuits by pioneering 3D monolithic and heterogeneously integration, application-driven architecture and system-driven technologies, communication technologies, including the ongoing revolution in autonomous vehicles and intelligent highways, etc. Research topics include data intensive at-scale cognitive workloads, video processing/visual analytics, tool chain development to support the next era of “functional hyper-scaling”, and many others.

The main goal of the webinar is to present the “success stories” of the JUMP program and identify a compelling research agenda in Semiconductor Design based on the Decadal Plan for Semiconductors.


Collaboration Towards Decadal Plan Goals: Advances and Challenges in Semiconductor Design
Valeria Bertacco, University of Michigan
Kevin Skadron, University of Virginia
Anthony Rowe, Carnegie Mellon University
Ada Gavrilovska, Georgia Tech
Andrea Kells, Arm



June 14, 2022



Opening Remarks:

David Isaacs
Vice President, Government Affairs
Semiconductor Industry Association

David Isaacs is vice president of government affairs at SIA, where he is responsible for all aspects of the association’s work related to government policy and advocacy before the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and international organizations.

Before joining SIA, David was senior vice president, government relations of Solazyme Inc., a leading renewable energy startup based in South San Francisco, California. In that capacity he was responsible for securing government support to advance Solazyme’s commercialization and research objectives. He previously served as director, government affairs for Hewlett-Packard Company, where he led the D.C. office and directed a global team on HP’s technology, environmental, energy policy, and other priority policy matters. He was an associate at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington, D.C., and started his career as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.


Valeria Bertacco
Thurnau Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Michigan

Valeria Bertacco is Thurnau Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Engineering at the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology.
Her research interests are in the area of computer design, with emphasis on specialized architecture solutions and design viability, in particular reliability, validation, and hardware-security assurance.
Her research endeavors are supported by the Applications Driving Architectures (ADA) Research Center, which Valeria directs. The ADA Center, sponsored by a consortium of semiconductor companies, has the goal of reigniting computing systems design and innovation for the 2030-2040s decades, through specialized heterogeneity, domain-specific language abstractions and new silicon devices that show benefit to applications.

Valeria joined the University of Michigan in 2003. She currently serves as the Vice Provost for Engaged Learning at the University of Michigan, supporting all co-curricular engagements and international
partnerships for the institution, and facilitating the work of several central units, whose goals range from promoting environmental sustainability, to the promotion of the arts in research universities,
and to increasing the participation of gender minorities in the academy.


Kevin Skadron
Harry Douglas Forsyth Professor & Chair
University of Virginia

Kevin Skadron is the Harry Douglas Forsyth Professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia, where he has been on the faculty since 1999, after receiving his PhD at Princeton. He served as department chair from 2012-2021. He is also director of the Center for Research on Intelligent Storage and Processing in Memory, part of the SRC JUMP program, as well as the Center for Automata Processing. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University, is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM, and a recipient of the 2011 ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award. Skadron’s research interests include design and application of accelerators and heterogeneous architectures, their memory hierarchies, and associated power, thermal, reliability, and programming challenges. He and his colleagues and students have developed a number of tools to support research on these topics, such as PiMulator, MNCaRT, HotSpot and Rodinia.

Anthony Rowe
Siewiorek and Walker Family Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

Anthony Rowe is the Siewiorek and Walker Family Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests are in networked real-time embedded systems with a focus on wireless communication. He has worked on topics including large-scale sensing for critical infrastructure monitoring, indoor localization, building energy-efficiency and technologies for microgrids. His most recent work has looked at connecting embedded sensing systems with mixed reality and spatial computing platforms. He is currently the director of the SRC/DARPA sponsored CONIX Research Center which spans seven Universities with the goal of exploring future distributed computing architectures. His past work has led to dozens of hardware and software systems, seven best paper awards, talks at venues like the World Economic Forum in Davos and several widely adopted open-source research platforms. He earned a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from CMU in 2010, received the Lutron Joel and Ruth Spira Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013, the CMU CIT Early Career Fellowship and the Steven Fenves Award for Systems Research in 2015 and the Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Early Career chair in 2016.

Ada Gavrilovska
Associate Professor, School of Computer Science
Georgia Tech

Ada Gavrilovska is Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. Her research is focused on designing systems for emerging technologies, and she develops new systems software solutions in response to new hardware, applications, and use cases. Her past research has considered opportunities and challenges resulting from programmable network processors, high-performance interconnects, multicores, virtualization and cloud computing. Her recent research is driven by two major trends rooted in the exponential growth in demand for data and for ever-faster insights from such data – the proliferation of new memory system designs, and the shift to edge computing. Gavrilovska’s research has been supported by the NSF, the Department of Energy, the SRC/DARPA JUMP program, and by industry awards from Cisco, Facebook, Intel, Hewlett Packard Labs, VMware, and others. She is currently serving as General Chair for the ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing.

Andrea Kells
Director, Research Ecosystem

Andrea is Director, Research Ecosystem at Arm. She is based in Arm’s global HQ in Cambridge, UK, where she has responsibility for overseeing Arm’s global portfolio of research partnerships and collaborations, and the relationships that underpin them. She also engages with relevant funding agencies and policy-makers in order to promote Arm’s strategic research objectives, and to support academic research in aligned areas. For many years she has been interested in how academic research can be successfully translated into commercial products, and what the barriers and constraints might be. Prior to joining Arm, she worked in the University of Cambridge for 10 years, managing large scale industrial collaborations in the biological and physical sciences. She also spent 5 years with a public sector consultancy, leading international evaluations of Government and agency funding for university-industry partnerships. Andrea has a degree in biological sciences from the University of Cambridge, and MSc from the University of Oxford, and a PhD from the University of Southampton.

Tom Rondeau
Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office

Tom Rondeau is a DARPA program manager with a focus on adaptive and reconfigurable radios, improving the development cycle for new signal-processing techniques, and exploring new approaches and applications with the electromagnetic spectrum. Prior to joining DARPA, Tom was the maintainer and lead developer of the GNU Radio project, a visiting researcher with the University of Pennsylvania, and an Adjunct with the IDA Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ.

Moderated by:

Ameen Akel
Senior Member, Advanced Memory Systems

Ameen Akel is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Micron in the Advanced Memory Systems organization performing research at the intersection of memory systems, computer architectures, and applications.  Ameen currently leads the Vertical Systems Research function in the Advanced Memory Systems organization focusing on research and pathfinding across the systems stack.  Prior to his current role, Mr. Akel drove several research areas: memory systems, compute in memory/storage, storage systems, and accelerator architecture.  He received a Master of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of California, San Diego.  He has authored over 10 peer-reviewed publications and filed more than 35 patents.