Tutorials & Invited | CHIP on the sands 2017

Tutorials & Invited

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Self-Aware Silicon

Axel Jantsch


Self-awareness describes the capability of a system to monitor its own state, its performance and its integrity. A system on chip, that is equipped with an accurate assessment of its own situation, is in a strong position to manage its resources, prioritize its goals, identify and counteract aberrations in its behavior due to aging, faulty hardware, ill designed software or malicious attacks. This talk will survey the state of the art of the field and highlight the benefits of self-awareness for systems on chip.

Short Bio:

Axel Jantsch received the Dipl.Ing. and Dr. Tech. degrees from TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He was with Siemens Austria, Vienna, Austria, as a system validation engineer from 1995 to 1997. From 1997to 2002 he was an associate professor and from 2002 to 2014 he was full professor of Electronic Systems Design at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2014 he has been professor of Systems on Chip at TU Wien. He has published about 300 papers in international conferences and journals and one book in the areas of Systems on chip, networks on chip and embedded systems. He has served on a large number of technical program committees of international conferences, such as FDL, DATE, CODES ISSS, SOC, NOCS, and others. He has been the TPC Chair of SSDL/ FDL 2000, the TPC Co-Chair of CODES ISSS 2004, the General Chair of CODES ISSS 2005, and the TPC Co-Chair of NOCS 2009. From 2002 to 2007, he was a subject area editor for the Journal of System Architecture. He is on the editorial board for IEEE Design and Test and for the Leibniz Transactions on Embedded Systems. He is a member of the IEEE. His main research interest is on networks on chip and self-awareness in systems on chip and embedded systems.

Designing Energy-Efficient Many-Core Servers for Exascale Computing

David Atienza Alonso


Continuous advances in manufacturing technologies are enabling the development of more powerful and compact high-performance computing (HPC) servers made of many-core processing architectures. However, this soaring demand for computing power in the last years has grown faster than semiconductor technology evolution can sustain, and has produced as collateral undesirable effect a surge in power consumption and heat density in these new HPC servers, which result on significant performance degradation. In this keynote, I advocate to completely revise the current HPC server architectures. In particular, inspired by the mammalian brain, I propose to design a disruptive three-dimensional (3D) computing server architecture that overcomes the prevailing worst-case power and cooling provisioning paradigm for servers. This new 3D server design champions a new system-level thermal modeling, which can be used by novel proactive energy controllers for detailed heat and energy management in many-core HPC servers, thanks to micro-scale liquid cooling. Then, I will show the impact of new near-threshold computing architectures on server design, and how we can integrate new on-chip microfluidic fuel cell networks to enable energy- scalability in future generations of many-core HPC servers targeting Exascale computing.

Short Bio:

David Atienza is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL) at EPFL, Switzerland. He received his MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from UCM (Spain) and IMEC (Belgium). His research interests focus on system-level design methodologies for energy-efficient multi- processor system-on- chip architectures (MPSoC) and next-generation embedded systems. In these fields, he is co-author of more than 250 publications, seven patents, and received several best paper awards in top conferences. He was the Technical Program Chair of DATE 2015 and General Chair of DATE 2017. He received an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2016, the IEEE CEDA Early Career Award in 2013, the ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award in 2012, and a Faculty Award from Sun Labs at Oracle in 2011. He was Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE CASS in 2014 and 2015. He is a senior member of ACM and an IEEE Fellow.

Smart Sensors - Research, Trends and Opportunities

Jamal Deen


Several of the grand challenges in engineering for current and future societal needs require smart sensors. For example, in the health area, smart sensing systems are required for screening, diagnostics and monitoring of a variety of diseases and illnesses for the health of well-being of individuals. Using these screening, diagnostics and monitoring systems, it will be feasible to catch diseases in their very early stages, which in turn will significantly impact treatment and outcomes. In the health area, we discuss healthcare and aging, major healthcare issues and four examples of smart sensor systems. These sensors are for heart monitoring, a living diary, cancer screening and blood oxygenation levels. In the environmental area, smart sensors are required to, for example, monitor drinking water quality because water is a vital and necessary resource for all humans. However, chemicals and bacteria in drinking water pose significant health risks for us. Therefore, to improve the safety of drinking water, sensitive, low-cost, rapid detection methods are required for water quality monitoring. In this area, we discuss three sensitive, low-cost systems for counting bacteria and for monitoring the pH and chlorine level in drinking water. In both the health and environment areas, the sensor systems are either developed directly in standard, low- cost, deep sub-micron silicon technologies, or with technologies compatible with standard silicon manufacturing. This approach also allows us to take advantage of the inherent speed and increased integration density afforded by the state-of- the-art silicon processes while concurrently minimizing the manufacturing costs. Next, we will focus on trends in smart sensor systems. These trends will be illustrated with examples from healthcare and automotive fields, as well as for smart mobile devices and smart cities. Finally, we will discuss the role of internet-of- things for connected homes, wearables, connected cities and connected cars.

Short Bio:

Dr. M. Jamal Deen is Distinguished University Professor, Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, and Director of the Micro- and Nano-Systems Laboratory, McMaster University. His current research interests are nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology and their emerging applications to health and environmental sciences. Dr. Deen’s research record includes more than 550 peer-reviewed articles (about 20% are invited and with an h-index of 53), two textbooks on “Silicon Photonics- Fundamentals and Devices” and ” Fiber Optic Communications: Fundamentals and Applications”, 12 awarded patents of which 6 were extensively used in industry, and 17 best paper/poster/presentation awards. Over his career, he has won more than fifty-five awards and honors. As an undergraduate student at the University of Guyana, Dr. Deen was the top ranked mathematics and physics student and the second ranked student at the university, winning the Chancellor’s gold medal and the Irving Adler prize. As a graduate student, he was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar and an American Vacuum Society Scholar. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society for more than a decade. His awards and honors include the Callinan Award as well as the Electronics and Photonics Award from the Electrochemical Society; the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario; a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada; McNaughton Gold Medal (highest award for engineers), the Fessenden Medal and the Ham Education Medal, all from IEEE Canada IEEE Canada In addition, he was awarded the four honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his exceptional research and scholarly accomplishments, professionalism and service. Dr. Deen has also been elected Fellow status in ten national academies and professional societies including The Royal Society of Canada - The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences (the highest honor for academics, scholars and artists in Canada), IEEE, APS (American Physical Society) and ECS (Electrochemical Society). Currently, he is serving as the elected President of the Academy of Science, The Royal Society of Canada.

Challenges for Advanced End of the Roadmap, Beyond Si and Beyond CMOS Technologies.

Cor Claeys


Future technologies put stringent demands on materials, process modules and device architectures. Design considerations favor the future use of vertical devices like tunnelFETs and nanowires. Heterogenous integration of Ge and III-V technologies on a silicon platform enables to fabricate System-on- Chip applications, while increased functionality is achieved by 3D integration. The trend and progress in the use of 2D material and devices, spintronics and neuromorphic and quantum computing will be critically reviewed. All spin logic is nowadays gaining much attention. Both wafer level integration and sequential integration have their advantages and drawbacks. Beside technology challenges this implies a tight control and reduction of power consumption and optimization of device design. Micro- and nano-technologies, including alternative technologies such as flexible electronics, microfluidic and organic electrics, are driving innovations for societal applications.

Short Bio:

Cor Claeys received the Ph.D. degree from KU Leuven in Belgium, where he is Professor since 1990. At imec he was Director of Advanced Semiconductor Technologies responsible for strategic relations. His main interests are semiconductor technology, device physics, low frequency noise phenomena, radiation effects and defect engineering and material characterization. He co-edited a book on “Low Temperature Electronics” and “Germanium-Based Technologies: From Materials to Devices” and wrote monographs on “Radiation Effects in Advanced Semiconductor Materials and Devices”, “Fundamental and Technological Aspects of Extended Defects in Germanium” and recently “Random Telegraph Signals in Semiconductor Devices”. Two of these books have been translated in Chinese. He authored and coauthored 14 book chapters, over 1100 conference presentations and more than 1300 technical papers. He is also editor or co-editor of 60 Conference Proceedings. Prof. Claeys is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and of IEEE. He was the Founder of the IEEE Electron Devices Benelux Chapter, Chair of the IEEE Benelux Section, an elected Board of Governors Member of the Electron Devices Society and the EDS Vice President for Chapters and Regions. He was EDS President in 2008-2009. He was as Division Director on the IEEE Board of Directors in 2012-2013. He is a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and in 2013 he received the IEEE EDS Distinguished Service Award. Within the Electrochemical Society, he was the Chair of the Electronics & Photonics Division from 2001 to 2003. In 2004, he received the Electronics & Photonics Division Award. In 2016 he received the Semi China Special Recognition Award for his outstanding involvement in the China Semiconductor Technology International Conference (CSTIC).