Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Madeleine Glick named the new Associate Editor of Photonics Technology Letter. Learn more >

2009 ACM Distinguished Members Announced
ACM has named 84 of its members as Distinguished Members in recognition of their individual contributions to both the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology.
They include computer scientists, engineers, and educators from some of the world's leading corporations, research labs, and universities. They are being honored for significant advances in computing technology that have dramatically influenced progress in science, engineering, education, business, and many other areas of human endeavor.
"As an international society, ACM is pleased to recognize the growing number of nominees from countries across the globe who have met the criteria required for the Distinguished Member grade," said Professor Dame Wendy Hall, president of ACM. "These prominent men and women have demonstrated creativity, leadership, and dedication to computing and computer science. We celebrate their entrepreneurial and creative spirit for the way it has changed our lives." Read the ACM Press Release. >

Award named for Intel Researcher
The industry has a tradition of naming "laws" after their inventors and at Intel we are lucky to claim ownership of one of the most famous laws of all as a result of Intel Founder Gordon Moore creating Moores Law. We can now congratulate one of our colleagues for having an award named after him. Learn more >

Announcing the 2009 PhD Fellowship Program Winners
The Intel PhD Fellowship program focuses on research in Intel’s technical areas; Hardware Systems Technology and Design, Software Technology and Design, and Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing. This year, 26 fellowships were awarded. This is a very prestigious award, and winning students are recognized as being tops in their areas of research.

The ACM A.M. Turing Award
Intel is proud to co-sponsor the ACM AM Turing Award which is sometimes called "the Nobel Prize of Computing". Who won it this year? June 27th the Award was presented>

IEEE 125th Anniversary Event
Roy Want, senior principal engineer at Intel Corp., was invited to help IEEE celebrate it's 125th anniversary in New York and present his research on Dynamic Composable Computing (DCC). This research promises to move the technology beyond the limitations of current mobile devices and enable wireless sharing of computing resources. Learn more >

New director joins Intel Labs Santa Clara
Dr. John Gustafson, joins Intel as the lab director for the Intel Labs Santa Clara.

First 40Gbps Silicon Laser Modulator
Intel’s silicon photonics researchers breakthrough with the world’s first silicon laser modulator capable of encoding optical data at 40 billion bits per second. Learn more >

New director joins Intel Labs Berkeley
Dr. Anthony Joseph, joins Intel as the lab director for the Future Technologies Research lab in Berkeley.

Research at Intel Day 2009
The annual showcase of key research projects to selected press and analysts. Learn more >

Intel Developer's Forum
The Intel Developer's Forum is held annually in Shanghai or Beijing, China and San Francisco, USA. At this event, Intel’s research labs showcase their latest technologies, which will make Intel’s future platforms more capable and more helpful to people. Learn more >

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In addition to research that supports Intel's product roadmap, Intel sponsors and conducts exploratory research, focusing on emerging and disruptive technologies that will enable a future of proactive computing. This research is conducted internally and in university research labs.

Architecture back to top

Dynamic Physical Rendering >
In a hospital in Houston, two surgeons appear to be performing a difficult procedure on a cardiac patient. In fact, only one of the doctors in the room is real. The other is a replica-a lifelike physical model whose shape, appearance and movements precisely mimic those of a specialist in Tokyo who is performing the actual work.

Log-Based Architecture >
Crafting bug-free computer code, especially for large software systems, is extremely difficult, even for expert software developers.

Subthreshold CMOS >
Transistor speeds have been increasing and their size has been shrinking over the last three decades, enabling ever smaller form factor devices with greater functionality.

Xen Virtual Machine Monitor >
The Challenge: As users increasingly rely on the power of computer for everyday tasks, effectively managing the machines supplying that computing power is becoming more and more important.

Machine Learning/Vision back to top

Diamond >
The objective of the Diamond project is to enable interactive search of terabyte-scale, non-indexed collections of complex data, such as photo collections, satellite pictures and medical images.

Human Activity Recognition >
The goal of the Human Activity Recognition project is to build a system that can automatically infer a wide range of everyday human activities (such as cooking pasta, taking a pill, or washing dishes) and provide proactive assistance, if needed, to complete an activity.

People and Practices back to top

Cultural Computing >
Globalization looms large all around us. One key aspect of this has been the flows, mobilities and connections of people, objects and information across the globe. These flows affect cultural understandings of time, space, technology and identity.

Mobility >
PaPR's study dubbed "Anywhere at Work" was initiated in 1997 focused on workers who spend their time away from the standard PC desktop or in some cases workers with no access to a desktop PC.

Technology and Communities >
We tend to think of the adoption of personal computing as a collection of singular purchase designs by individual users. For many people in affluent communities (the US, for instance) a PC purchase might be an individual or household decision.

Systems Networking and Communication back to top

CoMo (ContinuousMonitoring) >
In collaboration with researchers at leading universities in the US and in Europe, they are exploring a novel worm detection system and systems monitoring software that could bolster Internet security, improve network performance, and protect the enterprise from the growing threat of Internet worms.

Personal Media Server >
In 2006, Future Technologies Research and Motorola Labs* began a joint effort to explore new research directions for mobile computing and communication. Their focus is on integrating sensors into the cell phone platform. Their collaboration could help to transform the promise of easy, ubiquitous computing on the go into reality.

Delay Tolerant Networks >
Intel researchers, in collaboration with UC Berkeley researchers, are tackling the problem of IP's inability to evolve. Their goal is to understand what makes an architecture evolvable-that is, capable of incremental change led by its incumbent providers within the existing market structure.

Distributed Detection & Inference >
Current intrusion detection systems, which typically consist of a firewall and virus detector at a gateway to the Internet, are relatively ineffective at recognizing and defending against new kinds of network attacks.

Internet Suspend / Resume >
The Internet Suspend/Resume (ISR) project team is exploring the application of virtual machine technology to improve system management and make it easier for users to recover from hardware or software failures.

Ubiquitous Computing back to top

Place Lab >
Imagine strolling through New York's SoHo District when your mobile phone beeps. Glancing at your "buddy list," you see that the friend you've been playing phone tag with for weeks happens to be sitting in a cafe down the block.

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Intel Exploratory Research

Intel® Labs Future Technologies Research

The Future Technologies Research Network of Labs operates under a model of collaboration between industry and academia. Wholly owned and funded by Intel, these labs also operate in a uniquely open fashion where much of their research is published and shared widely.

Intel Labs Berkeley
Director: Anthony Joseph, Ph.D.
Associate Director: Allan Knies, Ph.D.
Research: Networks as databases & technology for developing regions
Sensor Networks
Internet-Scale Services
IT for Developing Regions

Intel Labs Pittsburgh
Director: David O'Hallaron, Ph.D.
Associate Director: Limor Fix, Ph.D.
Research: Software for widely distributed systems
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Intel Labs Santa Clara >
Acting Director: Matt Haycock
Integrated Biosystems Lab
Everyday Sensing and Perception
Dynamic Composable Computing

Intel Labs Seattle
Director: David Wetherall, Ph.D.
Associate Director: Anthony LaMarca, Ph.D.
Research: Computing systems that are woven into everyday life
Activity and context inference and its applications
Trustworthy wireless and mobile systems
Sensing and robotic manipulation
Personal Robotics
Wirelessly powered devices

People & Practices Research >
Director: Maria Bezaitis, Ph.D.
Research: Explore fundamental paradigms and phenomena of everyday life
Time, money, community
How people, practices, and institutions matter to technological innovation

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Single-chip Cloud Computer


Intel Labs has created an experimental “Single-chip Cloud Computer,” (SCC) a research microprocessor containing the most Intel Architecture cores ever integrated on a silicon CPU chip – 48 cores. It incorporates technologies intended to scale multi-core processors to 100 cores and beyond, such as an on-chip network, advanced power management technologies and support for “message-passing.”
Architecturally, the chip resembles a cloud of computers integrated into silicon. The novel many-core architecture includes innovations for scalability in terms of energy-efficiency including improved core-core communication and techniques that enable software to dynamically configure voltage and frequency to attain power consumptions from 125W to as low as 25W.
This represents the latest achievement from Intel’s Tera-scale Computing Research Program. The research was co-led by Intel Labs Bangalore, India, Intel Labs Braunschweig, Germany and Intel Labs researchers in the United States.

Inside the Single-chip Cloud Computer

The name “Single-chip Cloud Computer” reflects the fact that the architecture resembles a scalable cluster of computers such as you would find in a cloud, integrated into silicon.
The research chip features:

24 “tiles” with two IA cores per tile
A 24-router mesh network with 256 GB/s bisection bandwidth
4 integrated DDR3 memory controllers
Hardware support for message-passing

In a sense, the SCC is a microcosm of cloud datacenter. Each core can run a separate OS and software stack and act like an individual compute node that communicates with other compute nodes over a packet-based network.
One of the most important aspects of the SCC's network fabric architecture is that it supports "scale-out" message-passing programming models that have been proven to scale to 1000s of processors in cloud datacenters. Though each core has 2 levels of cache, there is no hardware cache coherence support among cores in order to simplify the design, reduce power consumption and to encourage the exploration of datacenter distributed memory software models, on-chip. Intel researchers have successfully demonstrated message-passing as well as software-based coherent shared memory on the SCC.
Fine-grained power management is a focus of the chip as well. Software applications are given control to turn cores on and off or to change their performance levels, continuously adapting to use the minimum energy needed at a given moment. The SCC can run all 48 cores at one time over a range of 25W to 125W and selectively vary the voltage and frequency of the mesh network as well as sets of cores. Each tile (2 cores) can have its own frequency, and groupings of four tiles (8 cores) can each run at their own voltage.

A Platform for Software Innovation

Intel Labs believes the SCC is an ideal research platform to help accelerate many-core software research and advanced development. Intel researchers have already ported a variety of applications to the SCC, including web servers, physics modeling, and financial analytics. By the middle of 2010, Intel Labs anticipates having dozens of industry and academic research partners conducting advanced software research on the SCC hardware platform. Please submit this application if you would like to express an interest in collaborating with Intel on the SCC.
Click here for more technical information on the SCC.


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