The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Title: Energy-Efficient Reconfigurable Architecture with Overlay Crossbar Interconnect using Via-switch
Date: August 30, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Room 121, 1/F, Ho Sin-hang Engineering Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Shatin, N.T.
Speaker: Prof. Masanori Hashimoto
Department of Information Systems Engineering
Osaka University, Osaka, Japan



We are developing a reconfigurable architecture with an emerging device called via-switch aiming at high energy efficiency with custom hardware, high design productivity comparable to software implementation and low NRE cost. Via-switch, which is a novel nonvolatile switch, is suitable for implementing overlay crossbar interconnect, and it significantly improves performance and area efficiency of the reconfigurable architecture. This talk introduces the features and characteristics of via-switch, and presents the proposed reconfigurable architecture that fully exploits the small footprint and low on-resistance of via-switch with promising performance estimation results.



Masanori Hashimoto received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in communications and computer engineering from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1997, 1999, and 2001, respectively. Now, he is a Professor with the Department of Information Systems Engineering, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. His current research interests include computer-aided design for digital integrated circuits, design for manufacturability and reliability, timing and power integrity analysis, reconfigurable computing, soft error characterization and low-power circuit design.

Dr. Hashimoto was a recipient of the Best Paper Award at ASP-DAC 2004. He was on the technical program committees of international conferences including DAC, ICCAD, ITC, Symposium on VLSI Circuits, ASP-DAC and DATE. He serves/served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems and Circuits and Systems I.


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