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2019 Organick Lecture Series – Pat Hanrahan

October 18, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Pat Hanrahan
Canon Professor
Stanford University

Friday, October 18, 2019
3:30pm refreshments
3:50pm talk
3550 MEK

Host: Cem Yuksel

Designing Hardware in the New Golden Age of Computer Architecture

Abstract: John Hennessy and David Patterson in their recent Turing Award Lectures stated that we are entering a new golden age of computer architecture. Their argument is that Moore’s Law is ending, and the best way to increase performance is to build domain-specific architectures. Domain-specific architectures can be 10’s to 1000’s of times more efficient than general-purpose architectures. The proliferation of innovative architectures will spur innovation and lead to a golden age.

This is an exciting opportunity, but the catch is that most people think hardware design is more time consuming and expensive than designing software. How are we going to make hardware designers more productive? The answer: make designing and implementing hardware more like building software. In this talk I will discuss my recent work in this area, which involves building domain-specific languages for hardware accelerators.

Bio: Pat Hanrahan is the CANON Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he teaches computer graphics. He is also Tableau Software’s Chief Scientist. His current research involves visualization, image synthesis, and graphics systems and architectures. Before joining Stanford he was a faculty member at Princeton. Pat has received two Academy Awards for Science and Technology, the Spirit of America Creativity Award, the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the SIGGRAPH Stephen A. Coons Award, and the IEEE Visualization Career Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


October 18, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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3550 MEK