Technological Challenges to Computer Architecture Innovation

Speaker Dr. Faye Briggs
Intel Corporation
CECS Host Alex Veidenbaum
Location McDonnell Douglas Auditorium
Date & Time December 9 , 2004
Refreshments at 2:30pm, Lecture begins at 3:00pm
Abstract Computer architecture has evolved significantly over the last 30 years. With a major dependence on technology, we have been able to keep up with Moore’s law. We are beginning to face enormous constraints in technology, and these create significant challenges for computer architecture advancement. The goal of this talk is to provide an overview of many of the variables and constraints that will challenge traditional computer architecture innovations. The intent is to highlight these challenges with the expectation of triggering more research and potential breadkthroughs to sustain innovation in computer architecture.

Dr. Faye Briggs is Sr. Principal Engineer and Director of Platform Performance Architecture, Enterprise Products Group at Intel Corporation. Dr. Briggs led the architecture & engineering teams that develop the Intel AE 870 for 2-16P Itanium AE servers. He was a co-founder and CTO of Axil Computers. While at Sun Microsystems, he coarchitected the first SPARC-V8, and led the architecture team to develop multiprocessor SPARCserver2000. Faye Briggs also served on the faculties of Purdue and Rice Universities. He has co-authored a popular textbook on Computer Architecture and Parallel Processing, and published over 40 technical papers. He received his MSEE from Stanford, and Ph.D. ECE from the University of Illinois.