Computing Platforms Seminar Series (COMPASS)

The Computing Platforms Seminar Series (COMPASS) is focused on talks by industry and academia around the general topic of computing platforms.

COMPASS is held on most Thursdays during the semester 10:00-11:00 (with some exceptions) in CAB E 72.

Upcoming Talks:

Thursday, 15 August 2018, 11:00-12:00 in CAB E 72

Speaker: Leonid Yavits (Technion)

Title: Resistive CAM based architectures: Resistive Associative In-Storage Processor and Resistive Address Decoder




I will present two Resistive CAM (RCAM) based architectures:

Typical processing in storage architecture places processing cores inside storage system and allows near-data processing. A RCAM based Resistive Associative In-Storage Processor functions simultaneously as a storage and a massively parallel SIMD accelerator. It confines the computing to the storage arrays, thus implementing in-data rather than near-data processing. Resistive Associative In-Storage Processor outperforms the fastest state of art accelerators, achieving speedup of 9.7x, 5.1x, 3.5x and 2.9x for k-means, k-nearest neighbors, Smith-Waterman sequence alignment and fully connected layer of DNN, respectively.

Address decoders are typically hardwired. Replacing wires by resistive elements allows storing address alongside data and comparing it to input address, thus transforming address decoder into CAM and enabling fully associative access. Applications of resistive address decoder include fully associative TLB, cache and virtually addressable memory.


Leonid Yavits received his MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Technion. After graduating, he co-founded VisionTech where he co-designed the world's first single chip MPEG2 codec. Following VisionTech’s acquisition by Broadcom, he managed Broadcom Israel R&D and co-developed a number of video compression products. Later Leonid co-founded Horizon Semiconductors where he co-designed a Set Top Box-on-chip for cable and satellite TV. Horizon's chip was among world's earliest heterogeneous MPSoC.

Leonid is a postdoc fellow in Electrical Engineering in the Technion. He co-authored a number of patents and research papers. His research interests include non von Neumann computer architectures; processing in memory and resistive memory based computing; architectures for computational biology and bioinformatics tasks. Leonid's research work has earned several awards; among them: IEEE Computer Architecture Letter journal Best Paper Awards for 2015 and 2017.


Thursday, 20 September, 10:00-11:00 in CAB E 72

Speaker: Patrick Stüdi (IBM Research)

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 10:00-11:00 in CAB E 72

Speaker: Philippe Bonnet (IT University, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA


Past COMPASS Talks:  

Date Speaker Affiliation Talk
06.07.2018 Martin Burtscher Texas State University Automatic Hierarchical Parallelization of Linear Recurrences
15.06.2018 Nitin Agrawal Samsung Research Low-Latency Analytics on Colossal Data Streams with SummaryStore
24.05.2018 Cagri Balkesen Oracle Labs RAPID: In-Memory Analytical Query Processing Engine with Extreme Performance per Watt
16.05.2018 Carsten Binnig TU Darmstadt Towards Interactive Data Exploration
09.05.2018 Bastian Hossbach Oracle Labs Modern programming languages and code generation in the Oracle Database
26.04.2018 Spyros Blanas Ohio State University Scaling database systems to high-performance computers
19.04.2018 Jane Hung MIT The Challenges and Promises of Large-Scale Biological Imaging
12.04.2018 Christoph Hagleitner IBM Research Heterogeneous Computing Systems for Datacenter and HPC Applications
14.03.2018  Eric Sedlar
 Oracle Labs
Why Systems Research Needs Social Science Added to the Computer Science
01.03.2018 Saughata Ghose Carnegie Mellon University How Safe Is Your Storage? A Look at the Reliability and Vulnerability of Modern Solid-State Drives
22.02.2018  Ioannis Koltsidas IBM Research Zurich System software for commodity solid-state storage