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Performance, Energy, Reliability: Newcastle Researchers Enable Next Generation Processor Design

This month's issue of IEEE Computer - the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society - features pioneering work by Newcastle researchers that will help designers evaluate the trade-offs between crucial features in the design of scalable processors.

Since 2013 the EPSRC PRiME (Power-efficient, Reliable, Many-core Embedded systems - http://www.prime-project.org/) research programme has been working on enabling sustainable scaling in many-core architectures by preventing the uncontrolled increase in energy consumption and unreliability through a step change in holistic design methods and cross-layer system optimisation.

Newcastle University (through its Computing and Engineering schools) is a partner in PRiME, which also involves a number of industrial collaborators, including ARM, Microsoft, Altera, Imagination and Freescale. An important paper summarising the work led by Newcastle University has just been published in IEEE Computer the flagship of the IEEE Computer Society. The paper (https://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/co/2017/08/mco2017080034-abs.html): F. Xia, A. Rafiev, A. Aalsaud, M. Al-Hayanni, J. Davis, J. Levine, A. Mokhov, A. Romanovsky, R. Shafik, A. Yakovlev, S. Yang, "Voltage, Throughput, Power, Reliability, and Multicore Scaling", Computer, vol. 50, pp. 34-45, Aug. 2017 is accompanied by a video in which Dr Ashur Rafiev of the School of Computing introduces this work https://www.computer.org/computer-magazine/2017/08/08/voltage-throughput-power-reliability-and-multicore-scaling/.

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