As implementation architectures for complex systems evolve towards heterogeneous multiprocessing, let this be on a single chip or on a geographically distributed area, the importance of communication has reached unprecedented peaks. So far, successful design of many integrated systems has been primarily based on algorithms and design methodologies meant to work under deterministic conditions where communication has an ancillary role. However, in the light of emerging systems and applications (e.g., multi-core chips at nanoscale, smart surfaces and dense networks for health monitoring), we need to move from a deterministic, computation-centered mindset to a probabilistic, communication-based design paradigm to compensate for the lack of predictable behavior which used to be the norm in traditional systems. Starting from these overarching ideas, this talk addresses the concept of probabilistic, communication-centric design and identifies specific design principles and optimization techniques that are poised to redefine the landscape of system design in the future.
Radu Marculescu received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, in 1998. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to Carnegie Mellon University he was a faculty member at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. Marculescu is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award (2000) in the area of design automation of electronic systems. He has received the 2005 Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (T-VLSI) Best Paper Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society, two Best Paper Awards from the Design Automation & Test in Europe (DATE) Conference in 2001 and 2003, and a Best paper Award from Asia & South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) in 2003. He was also awarded the Carnegie Institute of Technology's Ladd Research Award in 2002. Dr. Marculescu serves as an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Embedded Systms (ACM TODAES), ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (ACM TECS), and IEEE Transactions on Computers (T-COMP). In the past, Dr. Marculescu was an Associate Editor (2003-2006) of IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (T-VLSI). Dr. Marculescu has been involved in organizing several international symposia, conferences, and workshops sponsored by professional organizations, as well as guest editor of Special Issues in archival journals and magazines such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, the IEEE Micro Magazine, and the IEEE Design & Test Magazine. Dr. Marculescu has served on the technical program committee of several EDA conferences, including DAC, ICCAD, and DATE. He was the co-Founding General Chair of the IEEE Workshop on Embedded Systems for Real-Time Multimedia (ESTIMedia). His current research focuses on developing design methodologies and software tools for Systemon-Chip design, on-chip communication, and ambient intelligence. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of ACM.