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BEARS (Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium) February 8, 2018- ADEPT will host an Open House Session from 12:30 – 3:00PM

February 8, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

More Than Moore: Is this the End of Moore’s Law?
Thursday, February 08, 2018

General Session: 9:30am — 12:00pm

Sibley Auditorium 

Bechtel Engineering Center
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94709

General Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Garbarini Lounge

Bechtel Engineering Center
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94709

Exciting and innovative new UC Berkeley research projects have been presented annually at the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS). This year’s speakers include:

10:00 AM Prof. Sayeef Salahuddin: “The Third Era of Scaling of Computing Technologies

A staggering number of 15.3 billion transistors are used in NVIDIA’s GP100 Pascal GPU, a popular processor that is fueling the explosive growth of artificial intelligence and deep learning applications of today. This tremendous computing power has been enabled by two different eras of scaling in device technology — firstly by direct scaling of physical dimensions and then, over the last decade, by equivalent or effective scaling that improved computational throughput without resorting to mere reduction in device dimensions. It is well agreed that these traditional scaling paradigms are nearing an end. Here we argue that we are already starting to witness the dawn of a third era of scaling that we shall call the functional scaling. This third era will be fueled by completely new logic devices whose operating principles go beyond the limits set forth by 19th century physics, new non-volatile memory that could break the current computational bottleneck of data exchange between logic and memory and monolithic integration of heterogeneous technology in both two and three dimensions. We shall present some examples of the technology that promises to usher in this third era of scaling

10:30 AM Prof. Krste Asanovic: “Berkeley ADEPT Lab: Reigniting Innovation in the hardware industry”

CMOS, at the end of scaling, is an almost magical technology, but very
few companies can afford to create custom silicon.  Moore’s Law’s
demise is largely irrelevant to the problems in the hardware industry,
as upfront design costs dominate marginal cost per transistor for all
but a few high-volume products.  The problem is not manufacturing, but
access.  Industry must transition from its current fixation on Moore’s
Law, to a new goal of reducing NRE/transistor by a factor of two every
12 months.  In this talk, I describe the new Berkeley ADEPT (Agile
Design of Efficient Processing Technologies) Lab, which expands our
earlier work on the RISC-V ISA and the Chisel hardware design language
to address all components of upfront design cost and thereby help
democratize access to custom silicon.

11:00 AM Prof. Vladimir Stojanovic: “More-than-Moore with Integrated Silicon-Photonics

Abstract coming soon.

Additionally, we will be recognizing 4 distinguished alumni:

Eric Brewer, VP of Infrastructure, Google and UCB EECS Professor

Marie desJardins, CSEE Professor, Univeristy of Maryland, Baltimore County

Andrea Goldsmith, EE Professor, Stanford University

Richard Ruby, Director of Technology, Broadcom

Afternoon Session: 

Research Center Open Houses: 12:30-3:00 p.m.

The ADEPT Lab (formerly ASPIRE Lab) will host an Open House during this event, from 12:30 – 3:00PM in the ADEPT Laboratory, located on the 5th floor of Soda Hall. ADEPT students will be showcasing their posters during the Open House session.

The afternoon then offers poster sessions and demos where you can interact and connect with the next generation of technology leaders, our Berkeley EECS Ph.D. students. In addition, we will be holding an open house with Research Centers. The open house will give you the chance to talk about technology with your favorite Berkeley professors inside their research centers. To receive more information about signing up for a session at a research center please register as soon as possible.

See you at BEARS 2018!



February 8, 2018
9:30 am - 3:00 pm


Sibley Auditorium