SONIC Center Events
August 22, 2017SONIC e-workshop: Organizer: Lav Varshney; Speakers: Lav Varshney (University of Illinois), Pulkit Grover (CMU), Bruno Olshausen (Berkeley), Andy Singer (University of Illinois); Topic: Towards Fundamental Limits in Nanoscale Information Systems
It is often said that what every engineer needs is a good set of limit theorems, that is, an understanding of how much system design can be improved if all of the ingenuity of the engineer were brought to bear on the problem. This e-workshop explains why, in the context of building information systems on stochastic nanoscale fabrics. Theoretical fundamentals clarify the basic device resources such as energy, volume, and time that constrain the design of complicated systems and limit theorems demarcate what is possible from what is impossible in translating these resources into computational outcomes, with optimal design lying at that boundary. Fundamental limits often yield novel architectures and design principles that achieve optimality, while also providing absolute benchmarks for judging performance of extant systems that may be parameterized by physical properties of CMOS and beyond-CMOS device technologies. To demonstrate, we provide several exemplary vignettes of fundamental limits in nanoscale information processing including: (1) information-theoretic limits in storing analog data in phase-change memory, (2) energy-reliability limits in boolean circuits and deep neural networks of spintronic devices, (3) limits of coded computation on nanoscale fabrics, (4) limits of defect tolerance in faulty computing hardware, and (5) fundamental energy limits of basic design techniques such as modular redundancy and algorithmic noise tolerance.
August 30, 2017QR3, YR5 Report Due to SRC
October 2, 2017SONIC Annual Review Meeting
The SONIC Annual Review Meeting will be held on October 3-4, 2017 at the I Hotel and Conference Center (1900 South First Street, Champaign, IL). The I Hotel and Conference Center is located on the south of campus in the heart of The Research Park and is a contemporary designed four-star property. The I Hotel has received the distinction of being named amongst the annual Expedia Insiders’ Select® hotel for 2015. This annual list represents a ranking of the world’s best reviewed hotels as determined by direct customer feedback. The I Hotel, constructed to AAA Four Diamond standards, features 125 luxurious hotel rooms with an adjoining 38,000 square foot conference center.
Location: Champaign, IL
November 29, 2017QR4, YR5 Report Due to SRC
January 3, 2018YR5 Annual Report Due to SRC