Dr. Michel Steuwer from the University of Edinburgh (UK) is going to visit our group from Aug. 24th to Aug. 26th. Michel is an expert in parallel programming with algorithmic skeletons on heterogeneous machines. He is the main developer of SkelCL, a C++ library for parallel skeletal programming on heterogeneous systems. SkelCL provides high-level abstractions (e.g, such as map and reduce operations known from functional programming) to ease the development of parallel OpenCL code for multi cores and GPUs. On Aug. 25th, 10:00 - 11:30, Room 1004 of the Andreas-Pfitzmann-Bau, Michel will give a talk on SkelCL and his current research on rewrite-based generation of OpenCL code. Please feel cordially invited to this lecture.
Prof. Castrillon gave an intensive course on “Parallel Programming with Models of Computation” during the week of May 16th, 2016 at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. The course discussed fundamentals of parallelism, parallelizing compilers and compilation for so-called parallel dataflow programming models. It was attended by students and researchers at all levels, including professors, PhD students as well as students of the masters and bachelor programs of electronic engineering and computer science, both from the Universidad de Antioquia and the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.
For this course, Prof. Castrillon was invited by Prof. Sebastian Isaza, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Antioquia, where he is also part of the SISTEMIC research group. The course was financed by Colciencias, an agency that fosters science, technology and innovation in Colombia. We would like to thank Colciencias, Prof. S. Isaza and the course attendees for this interesting week in Medellín.
The Chair for Compiler Construction will host Mrs Hasna Bouraoui as a guest PhD student for about a year. Hasna is currently doing her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Nejib Hadj Alouane, National Engineering School of Tunis ( ENIT) , OASIS Laboratory. She works with parallel implementations of speech processing algorithms. At the CC Chair, Hasna will use our languages and compilers to help her obtain a good parallel implementation. Hasna’s stay was motivated by a successful collaboration between Prof. Castrillon and Prof. Chadlia Jerad, Hasna’s co-spervisor. We are very happy to host Hasna and are looking forward to the outcome of her stay.
The Chair for Compiler Construction welcomes Christian Menard, a new researcher, to the team. Christian has a Diploma degree on Information Systems Technology (Diplom Informationssystemtechnik) from the TU Dresden. In his diploma thesis, he worked on a compiler for KPN applications for the Tomahawk architecture from the Vodafone Chair (under supervision of Andres Goens). As of May 2016, Christian will work in the Orchestration Path, together with Fazal Hameed on Post-CMOS systems. We are really happy to have Christian with us!
Prof. Castrillon, as path leader of the Orchestration path, is one of four organizers of the Dagstuhl Seminar: "Wildly Heterogeneous Post-CMOS Technologies Meet Software", February 5–10, 2017. The aim of this seminar is to bring together computer scientists with experts in emerging technologies and researchers working interdisciplinarily across the fields, to foster a mutual understanding about the challenges and opportunities of advancing computing beyond current CMOS technology.
Prof. Castrillon and Sven Karol organized a thematic session on "Program transformation and analysis approaches for future computing systems" at the Spring 2016 HiPEAC Computing Systems Week in the wonderful city of Porto. The session comprised three invited talks and one keynote. The keynote was given by Eric Verhulst (Altreonic) on a more industrial perspective on formal methods and interacting entities in the VirtuosoNext RTOS. Christophe Dubach from the University of Edinburgh presented the recent work of his group on "High performance GPU Code Generation using Rewrite Rules". Manuel Carro (IMDEA Software Institute) talked about "Program Transformations for Heterogeneous Architectures: the POLCA Project" describing recent results of the POLCA project. Sven Karol from the CC Chair gave a talk on "Using Rewritable Attribute Grammars for Semantic-Aware Code Transformations" which describes his very recent work on applying attribute grammars and rewriting in the domain of chemical information processing.
We are currently seeking for an excellent PhD student for the next phase of the "Rolebased Software Infrastructures for continuous-context-sensitive Systems" (RoSI) research training group. Deadline for applications is on April 28th. Please have a look at our vacancies page for more information.
We welcome Gerald Hempel to the Chair for Compiler Construction. Gerald will play a key role in a collaborative project between the Orchestration Path and the Biological Systems Path in Cfaed, that seeks to apply Bio-inspired algorithms (e.g., from the MOSAIC group) to the problems of Software Synthesis we deal with at the chair. Gerald has a background in Computer Science from the TU Dresden and is about to obtain his PhD from the same institution (under the supervision of Prof. C. Hochberger). During his PhD, Gerald worked on a compiler that automatically generates hardware accelerators for FPGA-SoC architectures. We are glad to have Gerald on board and are looking forward for exciting results in this collaboration!