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"Emerging Issues for Next-Generation Microprocessors" Prof. Margaret Martonosi, Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

  • Colloquium Series
When Sep 12, 2008
from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Where IF-G.07A
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Prof. Margaret Martonosi
Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering
Princeton University

Emerging Issues for Next-Generation Microprocessors



In a surprisingly short period of time, Moore's Law has brought about important shifts in computer architecture.  The default processor has become multicore, and issues like power-efficiency, and variation-tolerance are being viewed on par with performance when addressing design priorities. I will discuss some of my group's recent research in these areas, with a particular focus on
(i) architectural support for lightweight parallelism,
(ii) strategies for dynamic resource management, and (iii) FPGA-based emulation approaches that accelerate architectural evaluations.


Margaret Martonosi is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. She also holds an affiliated faculty appointment in Princeton CS.

Martonosi's research interests are in computer architecture and the hardware/software interface, with particular focus on power-efficient systems and mobile computing. In the field of processor architecture, she has done extensive work on power modeling and management and on memory hierarchy performance and energy. This has included the development of the Wattch power modeling tool, the first architecture level power modeling infrastructure for superscalar processors. Her memory hierarchy work has included early performance-oriented studies, as well as more recent work on energy-aware memory hierarchies. In the field of mobile computing and sensor networks, Martonosi lead the Princeton ZebraNet project, which included two real-world deployments of tracking collars on Zebras in Central Kenya.  She is now co-leader of the Sarana project, which is building software interfaces for collaborative computing among mobile devices.

Martonosi is co-author on over 100 refereed publications and inventor on five granted US patents. She is currently vice-chair of ACM SIGARCH. Martonosi completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University, and also holds a Master's degree from Stanford and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, all in Electrical Engineering.

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