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Keynote Talks

Keynote 1

Date: October 4th, 2018
Speaker: Vivek De (Intel)
Title: Many-Core SoC in Nanoscale CMOS: Challenges & Opportunities


Many-core SoC designs in scaled CMOS process demand wide dynamic voltage-frequency operating range, spanning multi-threaded high-throughput near-threshold voltage (NTV) to single-threaded burst performance modes, as well as fine-grain multi-voltage design and spatio-temporal power management to deliver maximum performance under stringent thermal and energy constraints. Interconnect scaling bottlenecks, process-voltage-temperature variations and aging-induced degradation pose major challenges going forward. We present key circuit and design techniques for logic, memory and on-die interconnect networks that enable efficient, variation-tolerant and resilient many-core SoC designs in nanoscale CMOS.


Vivek De is an Intel Fellow and Director of Circuit Technology Research in Intel Labs. He is responsible for providing strategic technical directions for long term research in future circuit technologies and leading energy efficiency research across the hardware stack. He has 269 publications in refereed international conferences and journals with a citation H-index of 73, and 220 patents issued with 30 more patents filed (pending). He received an Intel Achievement Award for his contributions to an integrated voltage regulator technology. He received a Best Paper Award at the 1996 IEEE International ASIC Conference, and nominations for Best Paper Awards at the 2007 IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC) and 2008 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). He also co-authored a paper nominated for the Best Student Paper Award at the 2017 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM). One of his publications was recognized in the 2013 IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC) as one of the "Top 10 Cited Papers in 50 Years of DAC". Another one of his publications received the “Most Frequently Cited Paper Award” in the IEEE Symposium on VLSI Circuits at its 30th Anniversary in 2017. He was recognized as a Prolific Contributor to the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) at its 60th Anniversary in 2013, and a Top 10 Contributor to the IEEE Symposium on VLSI Circuits at its 30th Anniversary in 2017 . He served as an IEEE/EDS Distinguished Lecturer in 2011 and an IEEE/SSCS Distinguished Lecturer in 2017-18. He received the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He received a B.Tech from IIT Madras, India, a MS from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, all in Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Keynote 2

Date: October 5th, 2018
Speaker: Giovanni De Micheli (EPF Lausanne, Switzerland)
Title: NoCs: a short history of success and a long future


The broad application of NoCs in IC design has been enabled by NoC synthesis tools that evolved from university prototypes to full commercial synthesis flows. NoC embodiments are ubiquitously present in circuits and systems. As systems evolve to include new components and features, NoCs will play even a more important role as the smart connect that can enable heterogeneity.Thus this field will both evolve in diversity of implementations as well in the search of both higher performance and lower power solutions.


Giovanni De Micheli is Professor and Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and of the Integrated Systems Centre at EPF Lausanne, Switzerland. He is program leader of the program. Previously, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.He holds a Nuclear Engineer degree (Politecnico di Milano, 1979), a M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (University of California at Berkeley, 1980 and 1983).

Prof. De Micheli is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE, a member of the Academia Europaea and an International Honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research interests include several aspects of design technologies for integrated circuits and systems, such as synthesis for emerging technologies, networks on chips and 3D integration. He is also interested in heterogeneous platform design including electrical components and biosensors, as well as in data processing of biomedical information. He is author of: Synthesis and Optimization of Digital Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 1994, co-author and/or co-editor of eight other books and of over 750 technical articles. His citation h-index is 93 according to Google Scholar. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of IMEC (Leuven, B), CfAED (Dresden, D) and STMicroelectronics.

Prof. De Micheli is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE/CS Harry Goode award for seminal contributions to design and design tools of Networks on Chips, the 2016 EDAA Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 IEEE/CAS Mac Van Valkenburg award for contributions to theory, practice and experimentation in design methods and tools and the 2003 IEEE Emanuel Piore Award for contributions to computer-aided synthesis of digital systems. He received also the Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to the IEEE CAS Society in 2000, the D. Pederson Award for the best paper on the IEEE Transactions on CAD/ICAS in 1987, and several Best Paper Awards, including DAC (1983 and 1993), DATE (2005), Nanoarch (2010 and 2012) and Mobihealth(2016).

He has been serving IEEE in several capacities, namely: Division 1 Director (2008-9), co-founder and President Elect of the IEEE Council on EDA (2005-7), President of the IEEE CAS Society (2003), Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on CAD/ICAS (1997-2001). He has been Chair of several conferences, including Memocode (2014) DATE (2010), pHealth (2006), VLSI SOC (2006), DAC (2000) and ICCD (1989).

Special Sessions and Tutorial

Special Sessions

  1. “Securing Networks-on-Chip: A Cross-Technology Perspective”
    Organizer: Sudeep Pasricha, Colorado State University
    Other Speakers: Tushar Krishna, Georgia Institute of Technology; Travis Boraten, Ohio University
    Abstract: This special session will discuss the security challenges in NoC design across the electrical, photonic, and wireless implementation domains, and propose several promising solutions to overcome them. The NOCS community will find the topic of this special session to be extremely relevant and interesting as traditionally the community has not focused on security as much as other design metrics such as performance or energy. Not only will the special session educate and inform attendees about security issues in NoCs across a broad set of implementation technologies, but many of the solutions that will be presented are likely to spark new ideas for NOCS attendees to integrate security into their sub-domain of expertise. This special session will foster a valuable cross-domain exchange of ideas between experts in security, emerging technologies, and NoC design, that is very likely to benefit the industry practitioners and researchers in the NOCS community.

  2. “Realistic Wireless Channel Modelling for Parallel Applications on NoC-based MPSoC”
    Organizers/Speakers: Jean-Philippe Diguet, Lab-STICC, France; Sujay Deb, IIIT Delhi, India; Sergi Abadal, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
    Abstract: Wireless Network-on-Chip (WNoC) is considered as a promising solution in the context of manycore architectures. Unfortunately, WNoC still suffer from important limitations. The first one is the power consumption of the analog part of the transceivers with is one order of magnitude (tens mW) larger than the power consumption of digital components. Secondly, at network level no feasible simulation is possible today with the existing setup. Apart from transceiver component in WNoC, channel modelling is one of the major concerns. Finally, multiple important radio parameters with strong impacts on communication quality and efficiency are not considered or based on simple and non-meaningful models. The special session addresses this specific but key challenge for future NoC. Research in that area require multidisciplinary teams including NoC experts (architecture, protocols, simulators) and High Frequency radio experts (channel modeling, transceiver design along with digital components, antennas). It will be based on talks and papers from three research groups that investigate this important problem with a multidisciplinary approach.

  3. "Networks Meet Network: Shaping the On-chip Network for Complex Networks"
    Organizers: Xiaohang Wang, South China University of Technology; Amit Kumar Singh, University of Essex, UK.
    Speakers: Masoud Daneshtalab, Partha Pratim Pande, Amit Kumar Singh
    Abstract: Various emerging applications are in the form of complex networks, e.g., neural networks, deep learning, social networks, protein networks, brain neural connections, and many other applications. A key feature of these applications are "linked", i.e., time varying topologies, complex connection structure, and highly dynamic runtime behaviors. Conventional many-core architecture are inefficient for these "linked" complex network applications, as most of them are using fixed, low-degree mesh network for sustaining on-chip communication, which cannot be adapted to the highly dynamical features of these applications. Therefore, this special session, covers the topic of the interplay of new on-chip networks which can adapt their communication infrastructure to these complex network applications.


  • "Approximate Computing for Networks on Chip"
    Dr. Jie Han (University of Alberta) and Dr. Eun Jung (EJ) Kim (Texas A&M University).