Chair News

Tobias Grosser at CCC

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We were very happy to have Tobias Grosser as guest for the past two days (11.08.-12.08). Tobias is an associate professor in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Edinburgh Compiler and Architecture Design Group. At the CCC he had several (socially distant) exchanges with members of the groups exchanging ideas on optimizing compilers and intermediate representations. Tobias also gave a talk with several physical (and distant, cf. picture) and virtual attendees. He talked about a multi-level intermediate representation for hardware description languages, reporting on a recent PLDI publication. 

 

The CC Chair welcomes new interns: Dylan and Omar!

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Dylan Gageot is currently pursuing an engineering degree in electronics and computer engineering with the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Rennes (INSA). Since 2019, he works with the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes (IETR). His research interests focus on Models of Computation and complexity reduction techniques that ease their implementation on MPSoCs. In his internship, planned for 3 months, he will work on compiler-runtime interaction for adaptable execution of Kahn Process Networks with implicit data-level parallelism. Robert Khasanov will be helping him as an advisor.

Omar Romdhani is currently following a double degree curriculum in Computer Science Engineering and pursuing a Master of Science at the National School of Computer Science (ENSI) in Tunisia. During his research stay at the Chair for Compiler Construction, planned for 5 months, Omar will work in a project entitled "Engineering Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things (EngCPS&IoT)", supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He will be studying and benchmarking adaptive and parameterized dynamic dataflow models such as SADF. The research stay is a collaboration between ENSI with Prof. Chadlia Jerad from the University of Manouba, and the CC chair at TU Dresden. Hasna Bouraoui will be helping him as an advisor.

CC Chair at DATE'20

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With three presentations and two best paper nominations, the chair for compiler construction was well represented at this year's virtual DATE conference. Asif Ali Khan presented his work on Generalized Data Placement Strategies for Racetrack Memories . In this paper, Asif presents an efficient data placement heuristic for racetrack memories (RTM) which leads to a significant reduction in RTM shifts and ultimately improves performance and energy consumption.  Christian Menard presented the paper Achieving Determinism in Adaptive AUTOSAR which was nominated for best paper award in the A-Track. In this paper, Christian describes how a novel synchronous reactive programming model can be used to make the execution of future automotive software deterministic and thus overall more reliable. Robert Khasanov presented his work on Energy-efficient Runtime Resource Management for Adaptable Multi-application Mapping which was best paper award candidate in the E-Track. In this paper, Robert presents a new job scheduling algorithm for firm real-time multi-threaded applications, which generates mapping segments due to enlarged scope of analysis, and increase the overall energy-efficiency of the schedules. 

New research assistant: Alexander Brauckmann

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We welcome a new research assistant at the Chair for Compiler Construction: Alex Brauckmann. Alex just received his Diploma degree on Computer Science from the TU Dresden. He has plenty of experience as software engineer and in large open source projects. Alex has worked at the CC chair as student research assistant and did his final thesis with us, resulting in a high-profile international publication at the  ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Compiler Construction (CC). At the CC Chair, Alex will continue to work on machine learning for compilers, building representation models of code and proposing novel predictive compiler heuristics among others. We are happy to have Alex with us and look forward to working with him in the next years. 

Alexander Brauckmann at CC

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Alex successfully presented his work on “Compiler-Based Graph Representations for Deep Learning Models of Code” at this year’s ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Compiler Construction (CC). CC is a excellent venue for presenting compiler research that became an ACM SIGPLAN conference for the first time this year. The work shows a novel deep learning method that improves predictive compiler heuristics. Alex has been working at the CC chair on applications of machine learning to compilers in the context of his final thesis. We are glad to count with Alex to continue this exciting line of research with us in the context of his doctorate. 

New research assistant: Julian Robledo Mejía

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We welcome Julian Robledo to Chair for Compiler Construction. Julian received his Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering Computer Engineering (2015) from University of Antioquia (UdeA) in Medellín Colombia and his Master’s degree in Embedded Systems from the Polytechnic University of Turin in 2017 in Italy. After finishing his master’s program, Julian work in the automotive sector. At the CC Chair, Julian will work on a collaborative project on developing programming models and tools for future 5G communication standards and beyond. He will also contribute with his expertise in the automotive sector to running projects revolving around adaptive automotive applications (see here for instance). We are very glad to finally welcome Julian, after experiencing bureaucratic problems, and are looking forward to working with him.

CC Chair at HiPEAC'20

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The Chair for Compiler Construction was well represented at this year's HiPEAC Conference in Bologna, Italy. The HiPEAC conference is a great networking oportunity and the premier European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems. Asif Ali Khan presented his ACM TACO paper ShiftsReduce: Minimizing Shifts in Racetrack Memory 4.0 in the main track. Christian Menard presented his work on Achieving Determinism in Adaptive AUTOSAR in the poster session on Monday and in the co-located workshop on "Energy Efficiency for Reactive and Adaptive Automotive Applications". This workshop was organized in a joint effort by the Chair for Compiler Construction together with SilexicaICE RWTH Aachen, and Videantis. Both researchers participated in the social event and many other conference sessions where they used the opportunity to exchange idead with like-minded researchers from around the world.

Pirah Noor Soomro

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Pirah Noor Soomro is visiting the Chair for Compiler Construction from January through March 2020. Her visit is supported by a Eurolab4HPC Grant that aims at improving the efficiency of tensor applications on heterogeneous platforms. A specific area of focus is the processing of tensors during the inference phase of state-of-the-art machine learning models, including deep neural networks, on heterogeneous multi-core CPUs. Pirah’s work at the Chair for Compiler Construction will build on the XiTAO runtime, which Pirah has previously been using in her work at her home institution, Chalmers University of Technology.

Teaching and Research at ENSI, Tunisia

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The chair for compiler construction, together with Prof. Chadlia Jerad from the University of Manouba (Tunis), organized a lecture series and a workshop on "Embedded programming in practice: teaching and research", held at the National School of Computer science (ENSI). The event took place during the week of the 1st of December 2019. Prof. Castrillon, assisted by his Ph.D. Students Andres Goens and Hasna Bouraoui, gave an intensive course for Tunisian students, where he presented fundamentals of parallelism, polyhedral compilers, and data-flow based programming models. Besides, he gave a research talk entitled "Embedded manycore programming: From auto-parallelization to domain-specific languages" during the workshop session. The research talk ended with a round table discussion about Research landscape and opportunities for technology while debating two viewpoints from two different countries: Germany and Tunisia.  The event was sponsored by the  Daad Project Transformation line 2, under a collaboration between TU Dresden and the University of Manouba, Tunis. 

John Byron Buitrago Paniagua

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We are happy to host the first of hopefully many exchange PhD students from the Universidad de Antioquia (UdeA) in Medellin Colombia. John Byron works under the supervision of Prof. Fredy River and Prof. Ricardo Velasquez at the Department of Electronics where he is affiliated to the SISTEMIC lab. John Byron Buitrago received his BSc. diploma in Electronics Engineering in 2005 and his Master Degree on Engineering in 2014 from the UdeA. He started his PhD in the same institution in 2016, working on methodologies for the automatic synthesis of computer architecture simulators onto parallel platforms. John Byron will be collaborating with researches at the CC Chair for the next six months on methodologies to automatically generate efficient simulators with special focus on the uncore. We look forward for a collaborative winter term!