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Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring Andreas Olofsson

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Tue, Nov 6th, 2018 to Tue, Nov 6th, 2018

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TUESDAY November 06, 12:30pm - 1:30pm | Terrazza Ballroom


Analyzing the Disruptive Impact of a Silicon Compiler


Andreas Olofsson - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Recent years have seen an explosion in the cost and time required to design advanced System-on-Chips (SoCs), systems-in-packages (SiPs), and PCBs. As part of the $1.5B Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI), DARPA is building the world's first general purpose silicon compilers. The effort involves two distinct research programs, the Intelligent Design of Electronic Assets (IDEA) program aiming to create a no-human-in-the-loop layout generator for digital and analog circuits, and the Posh Open Source Hardware (POSH) program aiming to create a high quality trustable open source ecosystem. Together the efforts will create a universal hardware compiler capable of automatically generating production ready GDSII drawings directly from a rich catalog of trustable source code and schematics for digital as well as analog circuits. Achieving this ambitious goal will require advancing the state of the art in machine learning, optimization algorithms, expert systems, and verification technology. This talk will discuss technical challenges associated with building a universal hardware compiler and provide analysis of potential economic and societal impacts.


Biography: Mr. Andreas Olofsson joined DARPA as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office in January 2017. His interests include intelligent design automation, system optimization, and open hardware. Prior to his arrival at DARPA, Mr. Olofsson devoted 20 years to designing and testing low-power processors and mixed-signal circuits at Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, and Adapteva. Chip products designed by Mr. Olofsson include low-power digital signal processors (DSPs), charge-coupled device (CCD) readout circuits, and massively parallel reduced instruction set computing (RISC) processors. From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Olofsson served as the CEO of Adapteva, where he developed the Epiphany architecture and Parallella open source computer. The Parallella democratized access to parallel computing and catalyzed the growth of a community of 10,000 developers and 200 universities across the globe. Mr. Olofsson received his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Olofsson is a member of IEEE and holds nine U.S. patents.


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