ECE Seminar Series –  Apr 21 (Fri) @ 2:00pm: "Circuit-Architecture Co-Optimizations for Superconductor Electronics," Jennifer Volk, PhD Candidate, ECE, UCSB

Date and Time
Engineering Science Building (ESB), Rm 1001

Come at 1:30p for Cookies, Coffee and Conversation!


Exotic emerging technologies can offer speed, area, and energy advantages over conventional CMOS and CMOS-like technologies within application-specific contexts. However, using them to build efficient, scalable systems is difficult, especially when we consider that the differences in underlying device behavior cause conventional CMOS data representations, abstractions, and architectures to map poorly to them. Moreover, pointed efforts that target only low-level circuit or device improvements limit advancements toward large-scale integration. In this talk, I will paint a more holistic approach for scaling using one such technology, superconductor electronics (SCE), as a case study. Towards this end, I will identify key benefits and challenges of SCE devices, present how these features affect the systems we can build with them, and show that technology-driven circuit-architecture co-optimizations can be more powerful and lead to both practical and energy-efficient systems.


Jennifer is a 4th-year Computer Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, and a research affiliate at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. She received her M.S. in Computer Engineering at UC Santa Barbara in 2021 and her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Cruz in 2016. Her work has received numerous awards, including an IEEE Micro Top Pick in 2021, which is awarded to the top 12 papers in computer architecture that year, an IEEE Micro Top Pick Honorable Mention in 2022, and the Best Student Paper runner-up in electronics award at the Applied Superconductivity Conference in 2022. She is also the recipient of the university-wide Graduate Opportunity Fellowship for 2022-23.

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