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Graduate Seminar | Plastic Chips, Waferscale Systems, Earable Processors: Reveling in The Golden Age of Computer Architecture

Plastic Chips, Waferscale Systems, Earable Processors:
Reveling in The Golden Age of Computer Architecture

Dr. Rakesh Kumar
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Friday, October 21, 2022
2:30 PM
2150 Torgersen Hall


This is indeed a golden age of computer architecture. New technologies, new problems, and new applications abound, delivering computer architects a much bigger playground than ever before. In this talk, I will discuss three representative works from my research group that exploit these new opportunities. Our work on plastic chips attempts to break new barriers in terms of thinness, conformality, and cost.  Our work on waferscale processors studies feasible technologies to build largest possible chips. Our work on earable (and odor!) processors attempts to extend the application space(s) computer architects target.



Rakesh Kumar is a Professor and John Bardeen Faculty Scholar in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with research and teaching interests in computer architecture and system-level design automation. His research has been recognized through one ISCA Influential Paper Award, one MICRO Test-of-Time Award, one ASPDAC 10 Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper (MIP) Award, several best paper awards and best paper award nominations (IEEE MICRO Top Picks, ASPLOS, HPCA, CASES, SELSE, IEEE CAL), IIT Kharagpur Young Alumni Achiever Award, ARO Young Investigator Award, and UCSD CSE Best Dissertation Award. His teaching and advising have been recognized through Stanley H Pierce Faculty Award and Ronald W Pratt Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award. He often writes about issues at the intersection of technology, policy, and society and has commented on semiconductor issues for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and Fortune, among others. His book Reluctant Technophiles (Sage Select: Dec 2021) was one of "GQ's Best Indian Non-fiction Books of 2021". Rakesh has a BS from IIT Kharagpur and a PhD from University of California at San Diego.