KEYWORD: EMERGING ARCHITECTURES & TECHNOLOGIES, ARCHITECTURE & SYSTEM DESIGN
EVENT TYPE: SKY TALK
DARPA is Building a Silicon Compiler
Andreas Olofsson - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, VA
The complexity of chips has rapidly increased in line with the predictions of Moore’s law. Recent years have seen an explosion in the cost and time require to design advanced System-on-Chips (SoCs), systems-in-packages (SiPs), and PCBs. DARPA is addressing these challenges through two new electronic design automation (EDA) research programs: the Intelligent Design of Electronic Assets (IDEA) program and the Posh Open Source Hardware (POSH) program. These programs seek to form the foundation of an intelligent hardware compiler. The aim of these research efforts is to create a universal hardware compiler capable of automatically generating production ready GDSII drawings directly from source code and schematics – essentially developing the equivalent of a software compiler. Achieving this ambitious goal will require advancing the state of the art in machine learning, optimization algorithms, and expert systems. This session will discuss technical challenges associated with building a universal hardware compiler and provide analysis of the potential impact it could have on the current semiconductor ecosystem.
Biography: Mr. Andreas Olofsson joined DARPA as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office in January 2017. His interests include intelligent design automation, system optimization, and open hardware.
Prior to his arrival at DARPA, Mr. Olofsson devoted 20 years to designing and testing low-power processors and mixed-signal circuits at Texas Instruments, Analog Devices, and Adapteva. Chip products designed by Mr. Olofsson include low-power digital signal processors (DSPs), charge-coupled device (CCD) readout circuits, and massively parallel reduced instruction set computing (RISC) processors.
From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Olofsson served as the CEO of Adapteva, where he developed the Epiphany architecture and Parallella open source computer. The Parallella democratized access to parallel computing and catalyzed the growth of a community of 10,000 developers and 200 universities across the globe.
Mr. Olofsson received his Bachelor of Science in Physics and Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Olofsson is a member of IEEE and holds nine U.S. patents.