Call for Participation:

SIGARCH Visioning Workshop: Agile and Open Hardware for Next-Generation Computing

Early Registration Deadline
May 24, 2019
Registration Deadline
June 23, 2019

SIGARCH Visioning Workshop: Agile and Open Hardware for Next-Generation Computing
in conjunction with ISCA 2019
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
June 23, 2019

A Golden Age: Moore’s Law, after transforming our world for more than 50 years, has finally started to slow down. John Hennessy and David Patterson welcomed this trend in their Turing Award lecture as this slowdown will bring about a new golden age of computer architecture. Since achieving continued performance improvements through transistor scaling provides less economic benefit, the computing industry must increasingly rely on vertically integrated solutions with domain-specific accelerators to continue improving computing performance. However, the high engineering cost, including tools, labor, and IPs, has prohibited the wide adoption of specialized architectures for all applications except a few designs that can amortize the high cost.

Been There, Done That: Compared to the hardware industry, the software community has embraced agile software development and open-source software design for decades. In fact, open-source software has become a critical component of today’s major software infrastructure. As a result, a small team of software developers can leverage a rich ecosystem of reusable, open-source components and use high-level abstractions to realize their innovative ideas quickly. This has significantly reduced the engineering cost, shortened the design cycles, and enabled the proliferation of software startups.

Time to Dive In: Agile and open hardware design is one of the most promising ways to lower the design cost and sustain future computing performance growth. Agile hardware design abstracts hardware implementation to a higher level and enables fast iterations of continuous hardware development. Open source hardware provides a pool of off-the-shelf components that enables further system-level integration. We believe the architecture and system community should take the leadership role of realizing agile and open hardware design.

– Advocate for the system and architecture community to make agile and open-source design a centerpiece of the academic enterprise.
– Share the successful experience from software community on initiating and managing open-source software projects.
– Introduce ongoing efforts in systems, architecture, and EDA communities on agile and open hardware design.

Tentative Schedule:
9:00 am – 9:05 am, Organizers
9:05 am – 9:40 am, David Patterson, UC Berkeley/Google
9:40 am – 10:15 am, Vivienne Sze , MIT
10:15 am – 10:50 am, Andrew Kahng, UCSD
10:50 am – 11:20 am, Coffee Break
11:20 am – 11:55 am, Richard Ho, Google
11:55 am – 12:30 pm, Yungang Bao, Chinese Academy of Sciences
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Mark Horowitz, Stanford,
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Jason Cong, UCLA
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Brucek Khailany, NVIDIA
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Coffee Break
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Bora Nikolic, UC Berkeley
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Adam Chilpala, MIT

Christopher Batten, Associate Professor, Cornell University
Yunsup Lee, Chief Technology Officer, SiFive
Yakun Sophia Shao, Research Scientist, NVIDIA