Prof. Trevor Carlson visits ELIS

(21-06-2018) It was great to welcome globetrotter and former ELIS PhD graduate, Prof. Trevor Carlson on 21 June, here at IGent.

He took the time to discuss an innovative microarchitecture and compiler technique to improve performance in the presence of these processor power limits. He presented a new processor microarchitecture, a Software Out-of-Order Processor (SWOOP), that, by leveraging compiler techniques, improves Memory Level Parallelism (MLP) in software with hardware assistance. The processor design allows for improved performance and energy efficiency by extending the reach of hardware past traditional limits. This approach demonstrates one path on how a focus on MLP improves efficiency and performance.
Short Bio
Trevor E. Carlson is an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002 and 2003, his Ph.D. from Ghent University in 2014, and worked for 3 years as a postdoctoral researcher at Uppsala University until 2017. He has over 13 years of computer architecture experience covering both industry and academia. His work on microarchitecture, simulation, sampling and modeling has received three Best Paper Awards and three nominations for Best Paper. He has been developing techniques for high efficiency processors that improve energy efficiency and performance by taking into account Memory Level Parallelism (MLP) together with unique architecture designs and software techniques. He co-authored the Sniper Multi-Core Simulator which has been used by hundreds of researchers to evaluate the performance and power-efficiency of next generation systems. His research interests include highly-efficient microarchitectures, hardware/software co-design, performance modeling and fast and scalable simulation methodologies.