Center for Evolvable Computing among seven new centers awarded by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)


HDSI Director Rajesh Gupta and Steve Swanson are co-principal investigators of the ACE Center for Evolvable Computing Center awarded part of a $50.5 million grant, to advance distributed computing technology from cloud-based data centers to edge nodes so it operates with orders of magnitude more energy efficient than ever. Both Gupta and Swanson are also professors of computer science and engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. The two bring together expertise in memory management, architecture, and application acceleration. 


Gupta will also serve as industry liaison coordinator for the center, where his role will be to find the right industry partners for the center‘s researchers, expanding partnerships beyond industry sectors traditionally associated with semiconductors. He will also work to make sure that the center produces the workforce of tomorrow that the industry needs. 

“The ACE center’s goal is not only to create specific technical advances in distributed systems but also to create a platform for the incorporation of new technological advances as component technologies evolve,” Gupta said. 

Led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ACE is funded by a $31.5 million grant from the Joint University Microelectronics Program 2.0 (JUMP 2.0). With additional funds from partnering institutions, ACE will have a total budget of $39.6 million over five years. 

JUMP 2.0 represents a significant investment in computing and semiconductor research on the heels of the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act, which aims to strengthen U.S. manufacturing, supply chains, and national security. The legislation also includes investments in research and development, science and technology, and workforce training in nanotechnology, clean energy, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence. The CHIPS Act provides $52.7 billion for semiconductor research, development, manufacturing, and workforce development in the United States.

Including ACE, researchers at the University of California San Diego are part of three different centers launched on Jan. 4, 2023. The three centers are among seven created as part of the JUMP 2.0 consortium that will advance research in storage, memory systems, distributed systems, and cognitive computing. Professor Tajana Rosing of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering leads the PRISM Center focused on processing with intelligent memory systems. Rosing is also a co-principal investigator on a JUMP 2.0 center led by Georgia Tech that focuses on cognitive computing. She will investigate ways to improve hyper-dimensional computing, essentially a new way of doing machine learning that are orders of magnitude more efficient.

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