A research developed by Gabriel Falcão, (IT / UC), Pedro Duarte (UC) and Pedro Tomás (INESC-ID/IST-UL), in the area of optimized microchips for artificial intelligence, assured the first Portuguese publication in the prestigious international conference on microarchitecture of computers - MICRO - already in its 50th edition (https://www.microarch.org/micro50/).
The researchers developed a new software tool that allows to automatically analyze a program and generate an optimized processor (with a very reduced chip area and lower power consumption), so that it can be used in reconfigurable Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) chips.
The new technology, that has led to this (long-time) ambitioned publication, “enables to develop hardware using an approach similar to typical software development. This results in major advantages, particularly in terms of increasing the user community, conventional programmers who typically do not possess the microcircuit design skills to conceive the processors manually”, said the researchers.
The paper was presented in Boston, USA, during the MICRO conference (October 14-18), which has a very competitive acceptance rate of around 15%, and only publishes approximately 50 articles per year.
Along with the Portuguese researchers, there were other research teams participating in the conference, from universities such as the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), CMU (Carnegie Mellon University), Stanford, California, Michigan, Austin Texas, Columbia, Minnesota, North Carolina State University, Penn State, Illinois, the University of Toronto, among other, and companies like Intel, IBM, NVIDIA, Google, Qualcomm, Oracle and Samsung.
The research now published originates from the MSc thesis of Pedro Duarte, completed in the University of Coimbra under the supervision of Gabriel Falcão and Pedro Tomás.
On the photo, from left to right: Gabriel Falcão and Pedro Duarte
Between 23-24 October, at ISCTE-IUL, IT is promoting the Visions for Future Communications Summit, an event that aims to answer the question “5G is here. What comes next?”. The goal is to bring together the visions of thought leaders from research, industry and governments about the potential strategies to face the future of communication networks in the new world, triggered by the current development of 5th generation networks communications. New systems, transmission, control, security and services, will be some of the topics under analysis in an attempt to project what is beyond 2025.
This summit will have several panels, where an unprecedented core of specialists - industry, academic and regulatory agents – will be presenting and debating ideas, concepts and challenges associated with this visionary concept. Henning Schulzrinne, ex-CTO of the Federal Communications Commision (regulatory organ for telecommunications in the USA), Ian F. Akyildiz – founder of the fields of nanocomputation and nanocommunications – and Edward Knightly, whose works in the field of wireless were used by the White House, are just a few examples of the internationally recognized high profile personalities attending this event.
The Vissions for Future Communications Summit is co-organized by IT, ISCTE-IUL and the University of Aveiro, with the support of international institutions like the IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the 5G Public Private Partnership (a society with the biggest players in the telecommunications´ world) or the Networld2020 (a society of European institutions interested in the telecommunications).
Finally, the results of these debates will be developed and compiled into a document that, in addition to being available for the public, will help the European Commission and the NSF to outline future communication strategies.