UNLV Engineering Researchers Awarded $500,000 NSF Grant Funding

Oct. 25, 2011

Members of UNLV’ College of Engineering Have Been Awarded a $500,000 Research Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their Development of a System Testbed for Future Design & Research Computing Systems

Las Vegas- UNLV College of Engineering faculty members, Associate Professors, Dr. Mei Yang and Dr. Yingtao Jiang, have been awarded more than $500,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their project, Development of a Highly Scalable and Reconfigurable Testbed in Support of Future Many-Core and System-on-Chip Research and Design Exploration.  Inspired by the potential future expansion of many-core computing systems (with 100-1000 various types of cores such as CPU, DSP, memory, and other IP cores) and anticipating future developments in optical computing, which uses photons or light particles in place of traditional electrons, will be the wave of the future.
Their unique testbed will be capable of demonstrating full functionality of many-core systems, at both the Network-on-Chip (NoC) and full-system levels. Through a novel use of an optical interconnection network they are able to achieve immense parallelism and easy re-configurability of the many-core computing systems under development. These innovations mean that system developers will be able to create computers that are faster, more accurate, and perhaps even ones that will use less energy to operate.
Dr. Yang feels that the development of the testbed will not only have significant research applications, but educational ones as well. The testbed can also be used as a tool to help graduate and undergraduate students acquire valuable research skills and hardware/software development experience.
About the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
Located at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering provides research and academic programs to more
than 1,600 undergraduate and over 250 graduate students. With more than 70 full-time faculty, and six departments, the college's goals are to
provide a quality undergraduate learning experience in engineering and computer science; strengthen and enhance the graduate experience;
focus knowledge, discovery, integration, and application in strategic areas; integrate research and education; and to promote and enable
partnerships with the private and public sectors.