IEEE Computer Society and ACM Tap Computer Architecture Innovator for Top Award

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 22 May 2014 -- IEEE Computer Society and ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) will jointly present the Eckert-Mauchly Award to Trevor Mudge of the University of Michigan for contributions to low-power computer architecture for high-performance microprocessors. Mudge's inventive approaches have led to new technologies that reduce energy consumption of microprocessors while maintaining acceptable performance in an era of exponential growth in embedded processors and system-on-chip designs. His contributions greatly influenced both the research literature and the actual products made possible by his research. The Eckert-Mauchly Award is known as the computer architecture community's most prestigious award. Mudge will receive the 2014 Eckert-Mauchly Award at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture June 16 in Minneapolis, MN.

During his years as a research professor, Mudge recognized that limiting power consumption presented a critical computing issue. He concluded that reducing power consumption would require adding architectural improvements to process and circuit improvements, and raised the priority of this constraint early in the design stage. He also understood that, as the speed of microprocessors increased along with density, their leakage power consumption also increased. This realization led him to identify on-chip caches as one of the main candidates for leakage reduction since they contain a significant fraction of the processor's transistors. The resulting technique for reducing leakage power was the exploitation of "drowsy caches," which led to putting the cold cache lines into a low-power mode.

With his team from the University of Michigan, Mudge proposed Razor, a circuit technique that allows robust operation at very low voltages in processor pipelines based on dynamic detection and correction of circuit timing errors. More recently, he and his colleagues have explored near-threshold computing, a design space where the supply voltage is approximately equal to the threshold voltage of the transistors in a microprocessor. The approach is applicable to a broad range of power-constrained computing segments from sensors to higher-performance servers.

A graduate of the University of Reading, England with a B.S. degree in Cybernetics, Mudge earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. He holds the Bredt Family Chair of Engineering at the University of Michigan. 

ACM and IEEE Computer Society co-sponsor the Eckert-Mauchly Award, which was initiated in 1979.  It recognizes contributions to computer and digital systems architecture and comes with a $5,000 prize. The award was named for John Presper Eckert and John William Mauchly, who collaborated on the design and construction of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), the pioneering large-scale electronic computing machine, which was completed in 1947.

About IEEE Computer Society

IEEE Computer Society is one of the world's leading computing membership organizations and a trusted information and career-development source for a global workforce of technology leaders including: professors, researchers, software engineers, IT professionals, employers, and students. IEEE Computer Society provides high-quality, state-of-the-art information on an on-demand basis. The Computer Society provides a wide range of forums for top minds to come together, including technical conferences, publications, a comprehensive digital library, unique training webinars, and professional training. IEEE is the world's largest professional association for advancement of technology and the Computer Society is the largest society within IEEE.   

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

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