Ieee computer society and acm tap computer architecture innovator for top award
IEEE Computer Society and ACM Tap Computer Architecture Innovator for Top Award
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 22 May 2014 -- IEEE Computer Society and ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) will
jointly present the Eckert-Mauchly Award to Trevor Mudge of the University of Michigan for contributions to low-power
computer architecture for high-performance microprocessors. Mudge's inventive approaches have led to new technologies
that reduce energy consumption of microprocessors while maintaining acceptable performance in an era of exponential
growth in embedded processors and system-on-chip designs. His contributions greatly influenced both the research literature
and the actual products made possible by his research. The Eckert-Mauchly Award is known as the computer architecture
community's most prestigious award. Mudge will receive the 2014 Eckert-Mauchly Award at the International Symposium on
Computer Architecture June 16 in Minneapolis, MN.
During his years as a research professor, Mudge recognized that limiting power consumption presented a critical computing
issue. He concluded that reducing power consumption would require adding architectural improvements to process and
circuit improvements, and raised the priority of this constraint early in the design stage. He also understood that, as the speed
of microprocessors increased along with density, their leakage power consumption also increased. This realization led him to
identify on-chip caches as one of the main candidates for leakage reduction since they contain a significant fraction of the
processor's transistors. The resulting technique for reducing leakage power was the exploitation of "drowsy caches," which led
to putting the cold cache lines into a low-power mode.
With his team from the University of Michigan, Mudge proposed Razor, a circuit technique that allows robust operation at very
low voltages in processor pipelines based on dynamic detection and correction of circuit timing errors. More recently, he and
his colleagues have explored near-threshold computing, a design space where the supply voltage is approximately equal to the
threshold voltage of the transistors in a microprocessor. The approach is applicable to a broad range of power-constrained
computing segments from sensors to higher-performance servers.
A graduate of the University of Reading, England with a B.S. degree in Cybernetics, Mudge earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
Computer Science from the University of Illinois. He holds the Bredt Family Chair of Engineering at the University of Michigan.
ACM and IEEE Computer Society co-sponsor the Eckert-Mauchly Award, which was initiated in 1979. It recognizes
contributions to computer and digital systems architecture and comes with a $5,000 prize. The award was named for John
Presper Eckert and John William Mauchly, who collaborated on the design and construction of the Electronic Numerical
Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the pioneering large-scale electronic computing machine, which was completed in 1947.
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