Nov 29 (Tue) @ 4:00pm: "Memory-Centric Architectures for Big Data Applications,” Jilan Lin, ECE PhD Defense

Date and Time
Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 707 858 0862


Big Data refers to the massive and rapidly growing data in our daily life, which can be very helpful to dig valuable information and make better decisions. However, handling big data workloads poses new challenges in traditional memory subsystems due to memory wall and power wall issues. Moving a large amount of data from memory to the processor is expensive, which can cause severe performance bottleneck and high energy consumption. Moreover, while the computation capability of modern processors grows fast with Moore's Law, the bandwidth and latency of memory improve much slower due to the I/O's physical constraints.

To address the memory wall challenge for big data applications, this dissertation aims to answer the following two questions: How can we improve the existing memory technology, and what should future memory look like? For the first question, we investigate the approach of near-data processing (NDP). NDP technique adopts custom compute logic near the data storage, which leverages the much higher internal bandwidth and reduces the energy consumption by data movements. Second, we envision the in-memory processing (IMP) technique for next-generation memory. In particular, we study the Resistive Random Access Memory (RRAM), an analog device with tunable resistance. We use RRAM as both storage and computation hardware to process data in-situ and analyze its mapping and reliability issues.


Jilan Lin is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on designing novel computer architecture for emerging applications, including deep learning, graph analytics, and privacy-preserving databases. He received his B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2018 and his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2021.

Hosted by: Dr. Yuan Xie

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