TexasWISE, May 6, 2016
Duncan Hall, Rice University

­­9:30 am to 9:55 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)

9:55 am to 10:00 am

Opening Remarks

10:00 am to 10:45 am

Dr. Ray Wagner, NASA

10:45 am to 11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am to Noon

Dr. Mike Schulte, AMD

Noon - 1:15pm

Lunch (provided)

1:15 pm to 2:30 pm

Poster Session and Networking

2:30 pm to 3:45 pm

Panel Discussion; "Looking Beyond Moore’s Law", Dr. Gene Frantz Moderator

3:45 pm to 4:00 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Dr. Vijay Janapa Reddi, UT-Austin

5:00 pm - 5:05 pm

Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers

Michael Schulte

Challenges and Opportunities for Exascale Computing

Significant increases in computer performance, power efficiency, programmability, and scalability are needed to enable key discoveries in diverse fields ranging from medical science to astrophysics and climate modeling. This talk describes some of the major challenges and opportunities in the design of exascale computing systems, gives an overview of emerging techniques and technologies that may help to overcome these challenges, and describe important research needed to effectively utilize these techniques and technologies. This talk also presents AMD’s vision for exascale computing, some of the key technologies that AMD is accelerating with support from the Department of Energy’s FastForward and DesignForward programs, and the potential impact of these technologies on future computing systems.

Mike Schulte is a Senior Fellow with AMD Research in Austin, Texas, where he leads research and advanced development activities in the areas of power-efficient processor design, heterogeneous processor architectures, and high-performance computing. He currently is the principal investigator on AMD’s FastForward 2 Node Architecture Extreme-Scale Computing Research and Development project. Mike was previously a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he directed the Madison Embedded Systems and Architectures Laboratory. His research interests include high-performance computing, domain-specific processing, heterogeneous computing, power-efficient processor design, computer architecture, and computer arithmetic. Mike has published over 200 research papers. He is an inventor on over 20 patents and has over 20 patents pending. He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing. He is the recipient of a NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred Noble Robinson Award, the Frank Hook Assistant Professorship, and service awards from the National Society of Black Engineers and IEEE. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering with a second major in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Additional Material: For additional material on Dr. Schulte's talk, please visit the Exascale Initiative website, or download the PDF "Challenges and Opportunities for Exascale Computing".

Raymond Wagner

NASA Johnson Space Center RFID Applications Research

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can be traced back as far as the work of Russian inventor Leon Theremin in the mid-1940s, but RFID has only seen wide proliferation in the last 15 years as a tool for keeping track of objects moving throughout an environment. In this talk, we will overview two advanced RFID applications currently under investigation by the Wireless and Communication Systems Branch at NASA’s Johnson Space Center: advanced logistics management and ultra-low power wireless sensor architectures.

Raymond S. Wagner leads the wireless sensor network research and development program at NASA-Johnson Space Center, and he is involved in related programs for development of wireless communications systems for habitat and surface operations. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2007 at Rice University in Houston, Texas with a thesis concerning distributed data processing algorithms for wireless sensor networks. His research interests include low-power wireless sensing, wearable sensors, radio frequency identification (RFID) applications, and robust wireless networking architectures.

Additional Materials: For more about Dr. Wagner's work at NASA, visit his project site here.

Vijay Janapa ReddiVijay Janapa Reddi
Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Mobile CPU Evolution: The Past, the Present, and the Future

Mobile computing has witnessed an unparalleled growth in innovation compared to any other computing system platform to date. Driven by user demands, each device generation is expected to compute faster, last longer, and accommodate more peripherals into increasingly thinner form factors. Mobile CPUs have been instrumental in enabling this innovation. The talk describes how mobile CPUs evolved over the past decade to provide today's desktop-like interactive user experience while adhering to mobile power, thermal, and battery energy constraints. The findings, based on studying state-of-the-art mobile CPUs released over the past decade coupled with a 25,000 application-based crowdsourcing study, provide insight into how conventional performance-boosting techniques, such as aggressive out-of-order microarchitectures and multicore scaling, have all but been exhausted. Enabling future mobile devices for the next "killer" application requires the industry to depart from conventional CPU innovation techniques and embrace new approaches. Customization, specialization, heterogeneity, and flexibility must all be treated as first-class citizens in future mobile processor design.

Vijay Janapa Reddi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include system architecture and software design and implementation to address performance, power, energy and reliability issues for mobile and high-performance computing systems. He is the recipient of the Intel Early Career Award, PLDI Most Influential Paper Award, and Best Paper and Top Picks awards in Computer Architecture. Beyond his research activities, Vijay is very passionate about STEM education, particularly involving computer science education starting at an early age. He is responsible for the Hands-On Computer Science (HaCS) curriculum that teaches computer science to 6th and 7th graders in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) through Arduino-based hands-on projects. AISD ties directly into the heart of the public education system in Austin, Texas. Vijay received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University. He can be contacted at

Additional Material: Download Dr. Reddi’s slides here.

Panel Discussion, "Looking Beyond Moore’s Law"

Abstract: The technology world has been driven by an Idea which has evolved in to a law: Moore’s Law. Periodically predictions have been made about its end. But each time the end was near, new discoveries have reinvigorated the law. We are perhaps at that time once again where we talk about the end of Moore’s Law. Or are we at the beginning of a new era of the continuation of the Law or, at least, a rebirth of it? So, with that in mind, the topic for discussion will be on what is beyond Moore’s law.
The panel was also joined by Michael Schulte and Sunil P. Khatri as Panelists.

Gene Frantz, Moderator
Professor in the Practice
Rice University

Gene Frantz is a Professor in the Practice at Rice University in its Electrical and Computer Engineering Department where he has been since leaving Texas Instruments where he retired as TIs Principal Fellow. He spent his professional career applying his passion for finding new opportunities and creating new businesses utilizing digital signal processing technology and took a leadership role in starting businesses within the corporate structure. As a result, he was a recognized leader in DSP technology both inside TI and throughout the industry. He has brought this passion to Rice in his role of mentoring students. Frantz is a Fellow of the IEEE, holds 48 patents in the area of memories, speech, consumer products and DSP, has written more than 100 Papers and articles and continually presents at Universities and conferences worldwide. Frantz has been recognized as an industry expert and has been widely quoted in the media due to his tremendous knowledge and visionary view of Signal Processing.

Ryan Guerra, Panelist


Ryan E. Guerra received his B.S. and M.S.E. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore, Maryland in 2008. He is currently a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at Rice University, developing frequency-agile software-defined radio hardware and systems. His research focus is on wireless networks planning, deployment, and management in addition to cross-layer implementation and design. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Skylark Wireless.

Erik Welsh, Panelist
Systems Engineer / Architect
Rice University Graduate

Erik Welsh is a systems engineer / architect and works as a consultant. He started his career as an engineer at Texas Instruments designing and developing IPs, SoCs, and SoC architectures. He led the development of the SoC security architecture within the Applications Specific Products business unit and worked with numerous customers developing security solutions. Welsh then spent 3 years as the Principal Systems Architect at Mango Communications developing reference designs to facilitate wireless RF development for the WARP project.

Ray Simar, Panelist
Professor in the Practice
Rice University

Simar is a professor in the practice at Rice, teaching courses in digital signal processing and computer architecture. Prior to that, he spent 25 years as an engineer at Texas Instruments, working on semiconductors and leading teams developing computer architectures for digital signal processing. He is a 2011 IEEE Fellow recipient and 1983 TI Fellow.