ASSIST Researchers Win “Best Paper” Award at HPCA 2015


Dr. Vijaykrishnan Narayanan of Penn State University

March 3, 2015, 12:30 pm – The 21st annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) held in early February 2015 brought a large crowd to the San Francisco, California area.  Drawing scientists and engineers from around the world, the conference proceedings included talks from members of HP Labs, AMD Research, Penn State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and many more.  This yearly conference allows an open forum for scientists and researchers to interact with one another while presenting innovative research in the areas of high performance computer architecture.

228 papers were submitted to this year’s conference while only 51 papers were accepted.   We are humbly proud to announce that Vijay Narayanan and his team’s research and presentation shined, winning the “Best Paper” award above the 50 other accomplished papers.

ASSIST student researcher Kaisheng Ma of Penn State University, working with ASSIST PI and distinguished professor Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, presented the ASSIST related research project: Architecture Exploration for Ambient Energy Harvesting Nonvolatile Processors.  This project has an end goal to “design [a] processor that can retain its state and make forward computational progress even in the absence of power.”  This research is focusing on the creation of a processor for electronics that will not lose the work being done if the user loses power.

Narayanan and Ma’s research is being conducted in conjunction with multiple universities and individuals, including Professors Yongpan Liu of Tsinghua University and Yuan Xie of the University of California Santa Barbara.  Additional graduate researchers include Yan Zheng (Penn State University) and Shuangchen Li (UCSB) along with PostDoc researcher Xueqing Li (Penn State University).  Mentorship is also provided to researches by John Sampson, assistant professor at Penn State University.





The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) develops and employs nano-enabled energy harvesting, energy storage, nanodevices, and sensors to create innovative, battery-free and body-powered wearable health monitoring systems. This center of excellence received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2012 for five years of research, and will be renewable for an additional five years in 2017.


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