The paper of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) graduate student Jia Zhao was selected for the Best Paper Award at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Great Lakes Symposium on Very-Large-Scale Integration (VLSI), which took place in Salt Lake City, Utah from May 3 to 4. Zhao’s faculty advisor, ECE Professor Russell Tessier, and ECE Professor Wayne Burleson were co-authors of the paper, entitled “Distributed Sensor Data Processing for Many-cores.” As Tessier noted, “Jia's paper focuses on the on-chip monitoring of many-core processor chips which contain thousands of processor cores. His approach collects on-chip voltage and temperature information and uses the information to control processor performance. Significant performance and energy benefits result from this technique.”

Only 17 percent of more than 120 paper submissions were selected as full papers. Zhao’s paper was selected as the best paper by a committee of professors and industry professionals.

Very-large-scale integration is the process of creating integrated circuits by combining millions of transistors into a single chip. The annual ACM VLSI conference focuses on latest advances in computer system and chip design.  (May 2012)