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Algorithm and Hardware Co-Design for Local/Edge Computing

Jiang, Zhewei

Advances in VLSI manufacturing and design technology over the decades have created many computing paradigms for disparate computing needs. With concerns for transmission cost, security, latency of centralized computing, edge/local computing are increasingly prevalent in the faster growing sectors like Internet-of-Things (IoT) and other sectors that require energy/connectivity autonomous systems such as biomedical and industrial applications.

Energy and power efficient are the main design constraints in local and edge computing. While there exists a wide range of low power design techniques, they are often underutilized in custom circuit designs as the algorithms are developed independent of the hardware. Such compartmentalized design approach fails to take advantage of the many compatible algorithmic and hardware techniques that can improve the efficiency of the entire system. Algorithm hardware co-design is to explore the design space with whole stack awareness.

The main goal of the algorithm hardware co-design methodology is the enablement and improvement of small form factor edge and local VLSI systems operating under strict constraints of area and energy efficiency. This thesis presents selected works of application specific digital and mixed-signal integrated circuit designs. The application space ranges from implantable biomedical devices to edge machine learning acceleration.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Electrical Engineering
Thesis Advisors
Seok, Mingoo
Degree
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
June 22, 2020