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Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University are jointly organizing the 1st International Workshop on Data-Abundant System Technology. This workshop will address novel architectures for “data-abundant” applications by utilizing unique features of atomic-scale devices (new memory, new logic, and their monolithic 3D integration with fine-grained interconnects and innovative thermal management) to achieve at least orders of magnitude higher energy-efficiency over traditional implementations.

The workshop will be held at the campus of Stanford University, California, USA, on April 22 – 23 (Tuesday – Wednesday), 2014. Unlike classical enterprise computing that operates on structured, digital data, 21st century information technology (IT) must process, understand, classify, and organize the vast amount of data in real-time. 21st century applications will be dominated by machine-learning kernels operating on Tbytes of active data with little data locality. At the same time, massively redundant sensor arrays sampling the world around us will give humans the perception of additional “senses” blurring the boundary between biological, physical, and cyber worlds. The challenge is to manage the resulting data deluge; e.g., processing 1014 floating-point operations per second using 1 W, or a neural map yielding data at 1 Tbit/sec. Processing such data in wearable devices will demand computation even further beyond the state of the art.

Today’s computing architectures have not changed substantially over the last five decades and are a poor match for 21st century applications. With business as usual, even the most optimistic advances in existing semiconductors and/or computing system architectures will not meet the 21st century application needs and energy targets. To break this barrier, we must depart from today’s technology and find radical ways to scale energy and performance using novel logic devices and memory that are tightly integrated.

The intention is for this workshop to serve as a forum gathering key scientists and technologists working on 21st-century, “data-abundant” systems and their enabling physical technologies. This includes a discourse between academia and industry regarding fundamental research questions, enabling technologies, and challenges of integration into useful applications.

The 1st International Workshop on Data-Abundant System Technology will consist of invited talks and panel discussions. To foster discussions, the workshop will be kept small and participation will be by invitation only. To encourage dissemination of the latest information and free flow of ideas, the conference proceedings will not be recorded or published.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 1st International Workshop on Data-Abundant System Technology, we are pleased to invite you to mark your calendar and plan on attending this invitation-only workshop.

A pioneer of this field, Stanford President John Hennessy, will join us in the afternoon of the 1st day of the workshop.


We are looking forward to your participation in this year’s workshop!

Sincerely yours,

Conference Organizing Committee:

Prof. Subhasish Mitra

Prof. H.-S. Philip Wong

Prof. Jan Rabaey

Prof. Larry Pileggi

Stanford University

Stanford University

UC Berkeley

Carnegie Mellon U 


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