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11/18/2017 Our collaborative paper with Prof. Hai Wang  at UESTC about leakage aware thermal analysis has been accepted for IEEE Trans in Computer (TC):

  • H. Wang, J. Wan, S. X.-D. Tan, C. Zhang, H. Tang, Y. Yuan, K. Huang, Z. Zhang, “A fast leakage-aware full-chip transient thermal estimation method”, IEEE Transaction on Computers (TC),  (in press). 

Congratulations Hai and co-authors.

10/31/2017 Our collaborative paper with Prof. Haibao Chen at SJTU won the Excellent Student Paper Award:

J. Peng, H. Chen, H. Zhao, Z. Sun and S.  X.-D. Tan, “Dynamic temperature-aware reliability modeling for multi-branch interconnect trees”, in Proc. International Conference on ASIC (ASICON’17), Guiyang, China, Oct. 2017.

Congratulation on Haibao, Hengyang and Zeyu are also co-authors.

10/24/2017 Our recent works on EM survey has been published to Integration, the VLSI Journal:

  • S. X.-D. Tan, H.Amrouch, T. Kim, Z.Sun, C.Cook, J.Henkel, "Recent Advances in EM and BTI induced Reliability Modeling, Analysis and Optimization", Integration, the VLSI Journal

Congratulations  Dr. Sheldon Tan and  co-authors.

10/4/2017 Our recent works on TDDB modeling for interconnect dielectrics has been accepted to IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integreation Systems (TVLSI):

  • S. Peng, H. Zhou, T. Kim, H. Chen, S. X.-D. Tan, "Physics-based Compact TDDB Models for Low-k BEOL Copper Interconnects with Time-Varying Voltage Stressing", IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integreation Systems (TVLSI), (in press)

Congratulations Shaoyi and co-authors.

10/2/2017 Dr. Naehyuck Chang from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) visited VSCLAB at UC Riverside.  He gave a talk titled titled "Design Automation of Cyberphysical Systems: System-Level Approaches for Energy-Aware Electric Vehicle Design and Management" for his recent works on EV and energy optimization for EVs.

8/30/2017 Dr. Sheldon Tan was awarded Japan Society For the Promotion of Science (JSPS) International Fellowship. The JSPS fellowship will support the oversea researchers with excellent records of research achievements for short-term visits Japan and provide them opportunities for discussions, option exchanges, lectures and other activities. Dr. Tan will visit Prof. Takashi Sato at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan  for one month during the coming winter 2018. He and Prof. Sato will jointly investigate the VLSI  reliability related research works during his visit to Kyoto University. 

8/25/2017 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) continued the funding of the reliability research project at UCR for developing new physics-based compact electromigration (EM) reliability models and assessment techniques for VLSI interconnects. The project is part of the Integrity and Reliability of Integrated circuitS (IRIS) Program Phase III in DARPA. Dr. Tan’s team will focus on developing physics based models and analysis techniques for the back end of the line (BEOL) reliability effects, especially the electromigration effects for copper interconnects in VLSI chips.  Dr. Tan's team developed more accurate three-phase EM models, which can be valid over wide range of stress conditions and proposed new  acceleration techniques for fast EM failure and detection techniques. 

Dr. Sheldon Tan has been re-apponted as the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) for Integration, The VLSI Journal for the coming 2018-2020 period. Dr. Tan has been the EiC for Integration, The VLSI Journal since 2016. The impact factor of Integration has increased from 0.703 in 2015 to 1.00 in 2016, which represents 42.4% improvement. 

6/21/2017 Two PhD students at VSCLab Zeyu Sun and Shaoyi Peng, who are directed by Prof. Sheldon Tan, joined 54rd Design Automation Conference (DAC) Work In Progress(WIP) session. Shaoyi Peng get supports from the award for his travel to attend upcoming 54rd DAC.

This award is named to honor the memory of Dr. A. Richard Newton, a towering figure in EDA, DAC and education. In the past year, 2016, DAC sponsored 70 students over the world.

6/16/2017 Dr. Ertugrul Demircan and Dr. Mehul Shroff received the 2017 SRC Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison/Associate Awards with collaboration of VSCLab.

This award recognizes those individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment and effectiveness in facilitation of university research, mentoring of graduate students, and dissemination of knowledge and research results to industry.

6/1/2017 Ph.D. student Taeyoung Kim passed his Ph.D. defenses today. Congratulation on his hard works and successful defenses. Taeyoung’s Ph.D. work focuses on the system-level dynamic reliability management. Taeyoung will join Intel Corporation as a full-time Senior R&D Engineer position after graduation.

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5/1/2017 One PhD students at VSCLab, which are directed by Prof. Sheldon Tan, has received the Richard Newton Young Student Fellow Award from 54rd Design Automation Conference (DAC), which is a prestigious award for junior Ph.D. students who studied in the electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded system design areas. A PhD student, Shaoyi Peng will get supports from the award for their travel to attend upcoming 54rd DAC in June.

This award is named to honor the memory of Dr. A. Richard Newton, a towering figure in EDA, DAC and education. In the past year, 2016, DAC sponsored 70 students over the world.

4/28/2017 Dr. David Pan from the University of Texas at Austin visited VSCLAB and we introduced our lab research work at UCR. He gave a talk titled "Bridging IC Design & Technology Gaps for Manufacturability, Reliability, and Security in Extreme Scaling" in the ECE department at UC Riverside.

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4/21/2017, Dr. Tan visited the Boeing Research & Technology, Boeing Company, Huntington Beach, CA, He also delivered a talk titled “Accelerated Electromigration Aging Analysis and EM-based On-Chip Aging Sensor for Detection and Prevention of Counterfeit and Recycled ICs”, His host is Dr. Mark Yao and he has some discussions with other research and engineers at Beoing R&T for future collaboration.  The piciture is a memorial for STS-26 NASA Discovery shuttle launch on Sept 1988 in the Boeing Hungtington Beach site.

The memorial for  STS-26 NASA Discovery shuttle launch in on Sept 1988., STS-26 launches from Kennedy Space Center, 29 September 1988.

3/20/2017, Prof. Esteban Tlelo-Cuautle from Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Ópticay Electrónica visited VSCLAB at UCR. Prof. Tlelo is an expert on design automation of analog integrated ciruits, analysis and synthesis of analog ICs, multi-objective optimization, and chaotic oscillation system. His visit is part of the UC-Mexus collaboration project. He also gave a talk titled "Applications of Integrated Chaotic Systems to Robotics and Image Encryption" in the ECE department at UC Riverside.

3/20/2017, Dr. Telli Faez, Publisher at Reed Elsevier at Paris, France, visited VSCLAB at UCR. Dr. Faez is an publisher of the journal: Integration, The VLSI Journal, where Professor Tan has been appointed as the Editor-In-Chief (EIC) since Jan 2016. Dr. Faez and Dr. Tan visited and discussed the management and publishing of the journal. She also visited VSCLAB and have discussions with the students and researchers at VSCLAB.

9/30/2016 Prof. Guofu Niu from Auburn University visited VSCLAB at UCR. Prof. Niu is an expert on device modeling,especially for bipolar devices. He is also the developer for Mextram, an industry standard compact model of bipolar transistors support by CMC.  He also gave a talk titled "RF Linearity in SiGe HBTs: Characterization, Physics and Circuit Implications" in the ECE department at UC Riverside.

9/15/2016 Two PhD students, Taeyoung Kim and Zeyu Sun at VSCLab, which are directed by Prof. Sheldon Tan, have been awarded travel grants for ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) at 2016 International Conference On Computer Aided Design (ICCAD). Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the ACM Student Research Competition is an internationally recognized venue enabling undergraduate and graduate students who are ACM members to experience the research world, share research results and exchange ideas with other students, judges, and conference attendees, rub shoulders with academic and industry luminaries, understand the practical applications of their research. Taeyoung Kim and Zeyu Sun will get supports from the award for their travel to attend upcoming ICCAD on Nov.

8/16/2016 VLSI System and Computation Lab (VSCLab, PI:Dr. Sheldon Tan) has been extended for a GPU Education Center by NVIDIA by the end of this year, which is the world leader in accelerated computing. GPU Education Centers are recognized institutions that have integrated GPU accelerated computing techniques into their mainstream computer programming curriculum. GPU computing leverages the parallel processing capabilities of GPU accelerators and accelerated computing software to deliver dramatic increases in performance for scientific, artificial intelligence, deep learning, graphics, engineering, and other demanding applications.

7/29/2016, Ph.D. student Xin Huang and Kai He passed their Ph.D. defenses today. Congratulation on their hard works and successful defenses. Xin's PhD work focus on the EM reliability modeling analysis and Kai's PhD thesis focuses on the GPU-based parallel computing and hardware security.

Xin will joined Oracle Corporation as the senior software engineer and Kai will join Cadence Design Systems as the senior R&D engineer. We wish them best for their future endeavors.

 

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7/26/2016 Prof. Tan gave an invited talk in the 4nd International Workshop on Cross-layer Resiliency (IWCR 2016) at University of California at Irvine. The tile of the talk is  “Voltage-based EM Immortality Check and new EM Signoff Flow”. In this talk, Prof. Tan proposed a new EM assessment and signoff flow for the future VLSI chip design as EM is becoming the major long-term reliability constraint and design concern.

7/20/2016 UC-Mexus has funded the research project titled "Learning-based Thermal Behavioral Modeling, Optimization, Occupency Estimation for Smart Buildings". This is a joint research project  (UC Mexus-CONACYT Collaboratie Grant) for one and half year (starting July 1, 2016). Prof. Esteban Tlelo-Cuautle of INAOE is the co-PI for this collaborative research. The reearch will focus on the modeling, controlling and management of smart buildings and smart communities.  

6/29/2016 Prof. Tan attended the SMACD (International Conference Synthesis, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Methods and Applications to Circuit Design) and PRIME 2016 conferences held in Lison, Purtugal from June 27 to 30, 2016. The title of the talk is "Finite Differenence Method for Electromigration Analysis of Multi-Branch Interconnects" given by Prof. Tan on June 29th, 2016.

5/10/2016 Two PhD students, Xin Huang and Taeyoung Kim at VSCLab, which are directed by Prof. Sheldon Tan, have been awarded travel grants for Young Faculty Workshop from 53rd Design Automation Conference (DAC). This is a special workshop organized for current, or soon to be, young faculty in the field of electronic design automation (EDA). This award indicates the high quality of their PhD research works with potential future faculty candidates in academia. Xin Huang and Taeyoung Kim will get supports from the award for their travel to attend upcoming 53rd DAC on June.

5/9/2016 Prof. Leon O. Chua, often introduced as the father of the tiger mom and the inventor of the memristor, Chua Circuit, and Cellular Nonlinear Networks (CNN), from University of California, Berkeley visited in VSCLAB, and we introduced our lab research work at UCR. He also gave a talk titled "Ten Things You Didn't Know About Memristors" in the ECE department at UC Riverside.

4/25/2016 Two PhD students at VSCLab, which are directed by Prof. Sheldon Tan, have received the Richard Newton Young Student Fellow Award from 53rd Design Automation Conference (DAC), which is a prestigious award for junior Ph.D. students who studied in the electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded system design areas. PhD students, Zeyu Sun and Chase Cook will get supports from the award for their travel to attend upcoming 53rd DAC on June.

This award is named to honor the memory of Dr. A. Richard Newton, a towering figure in EDA, DAC and education. In the past year, 2015, DAC sponsored 70 students over the world.

4/13/2016 Two PhD students at VSCLab, which are directed by Prof. Sheldon Tan, won Dissertation Year Program (DYP) Fellowships from UCR. Ph.D. student Xin Huang receives this award from the graduate program in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and  Ph.D. student Taeyoung Kim receives this award from the graduate program in Computer Science and Engineering. The prestigious awards are for PhD students with excellent academic performances and high-quality research works in their Ph.D. studies. Taeyoung’s research work will focus on the VLSI reliability optimization for emerging computing platforms and Xin’s research will focus on the physics-based reliability modeling and analysis. This Dissertation Year Program (DYP) Award will support the two PhD students who expect to complete their degree program their final year.

4/8/2016 Third-year PhD student at VSCLab, Taeyoung Kim will be a full-time intership as a software engineering intern in this summer at Intel Corporation. He will continue to develop the power modeling and optimization techniques for VLSI design.

Second-year PhD student at VSCLab, Hengyang Zhao will be a full-time internship as a technical internship position in this summer at Synopsys Inc. He will continue to devleop the algorithm and machine learning for VLSI design. 

4/8/2016 Fourth-year PhD students at VSCLab, Xin Huang will join Oracle Corporation and Kai He will join Cadence Design Systems, Inc. as full-time Senior R&D engineer positions after graduation. Xin, she already got many offers from Synopsys, Inc. and Cadence Design Systems Inc., which are the top EDA and semiconductor companies. 

3/8/2016 VLSI System and Computation Lab (VSCLab, PI:Dr. Sheldon Tan) has been named a GPU Education Center by NVIDIA, the world leader in accelerated computing. The GPU Education Center at Unviersity of California at Riverside has been renewed for another year. GPU Education Centers are recognized institutions that have integrated GPU accelerated computing techniques into their mainstream computer programming curriculum. GPU computing leverages the parallel processing capabilities of GPU accelerators and accelerated computing software to deliver dramatic increases in performance for scientific, artificial intelligence, deep learning, graphics, engineering, and other demanding applications.Many of benefits including Titan X GPU donation and 100 GPU programming labs will be given for VSCLab GPU Education Center.

2/11/2016,  A new $460K grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) was received by Professor Sheldon Tan of VLSI System and Computational Lab at UCR for developing new physics-based compact electromigration (EM) reliability models and assessment techniques for VLSI interconnects. The project is part of the Integrity and Reliability of Integrated circuitS (IRIS) Program Phase III in DARPA. Dr. Tan’s team will focus on developing physics based models and analysis techniques for the back end of the line (BEOL) reliability effects, especially the electromigration effects for copper interconnects in VLSI chips.  

Prof. Tan’s group has been working on the VLSI reliability for the past 5 years and is now well-recognized leading research team in this field worldwide. Together with industry partner, his group developed a number of novel physics-based EM models and full-chip assessment techniques. The new techniques (two Best Paper Award Nominations and One SRC collaboration awards) have potential to replace the status quo techniques used in the semiconductor industry and will be used in the next generation electronic design automation tools for future VLSI design.

1/5/2016 Prof. Sheldon Tan has been appointed as the Editor-In-Chief (EIC) for the journal: Integration, The VLSI Journal starting January 1st, 2016. (See http://www.journals.elsevier.com/integration-the-vlsi-journal/editorial-board).

The Integration, The VLSI Journal is the primary journal for VLSI design, design automation and embedded systems from the Elsevier B.V., one of the largest scientific and academic publishers in the world. Integration journal is the primary venue for publishing the research works in the various fields of the design, verification, test and applications of integrated circuits and systems, as well as closely related topics in process and device technologies (see http://www.journals.elsevier.com/integration-the-vlsi-journal/)

Mr. Taeyoung Kim, who is the Ph.D. student at UC Riverside, will be the assistant for Dr. Sheldon Tan for his role as the EIC.

1/1/2016 Our recent work on the parallel computing, which was published on "Integration, the VLSI Journal" in January 2016, has been one of the most downloaded paper in last 90 days. As of Jan 1, 2016, the paper has been ranked as 6th of most downloaded papers. This work was funded by NSF Grant.

12/2/2015 Prof. Shiyan Hu from Michigan Technological University visited VSCLAB at UCR. He also gave a talk titled "Smart Home Cybersecurity: Threat and Defense in a Cyber-Physical System" in the ECE department at UC Riverside.

Dr Hu's visit in VSClab at UCR

Dr Hu's visit in VSClab at UCR

11/27/2015, Our recent works have been accepted into IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD) as follows:

  • X. Huang, A. Kteyan, S. X.-D. Tan, V. Sukharev, “Physics-based electromigration models and full-chip assessment for power grid networks”, IEEE Transaction on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD), (in press)
  • H. Chen, S. X.-D. Tan, X. Huang, T. Kim, V. Sukharev, “Analytical modeling and characterization of electromigration effects for multi-branch interconnect trees”, IEEE Transaction on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD), (in press)

Congratulation on Xin, Haibao and all the co-authors.

 

11/2/2015, Kai He gave a talk titled "EM-Based on-Chip Aging Sensor for Detection and Prevention of Counterfeit and Recycled ICs", and Hengyang Zhao titled "Learning Based Compact Thermal Modeling for Energy-Efficient Smart Building Management" in the 34th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD2015) to be held in Austin, TX, Nov, 2015. ICCAD is one of the the premier conference in VLSI/EDA area.

Kai's ICCAD presentation               Hengyang's ICCAD presentation

Kai's ICCAD presentation                                                  Hengyang's ICCAD presentation

 

10/26/2015, Shujuan Wang has successfully finished CEN M.S. defense. Her thesis is titled "Modeling of smart building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system." Shujuan will join Qualcomm after graduation.

Shujuan CEN M.S. Defense

Shujuan CEN M.S. Defense

9/21/2015, Taeyoung Kim's recent work has been selected to present in TECHCON2015 to be held in Austin,TX, Sept 20-22, 2015. He gave a talk and presented a poster titled "A Dynamic Reliability Management Framework for Dark Silicon". TECHCON conference is the premiere technical event of SRC(Semiconductor Research Corporation), featuring dozens of presentations from SRC's world-class student researchers and great networking opportunity between semiconductor researchers and industries.

TECHCON2015 Talk, Austin, TX

8/26/2015, The 1st US-China Internet Plus and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Resource Summit (Mobile Storage, Sensing the world), Hangzhou, China, Dr. Sheldon Tan gave an invited talked “Smart Hub and Device for Smart Education”, August 26, 2015.

The Internet Plus Summit in Hangzhou, China

The Internet Plus Summit in Hangzhou, China

8/13/2015, The International Symposium on Design Technologies for IoT (ISIoT'15), which was organized by Dr. Sheldon Tan and Dr. Mark Wang of HIT, was successfully held in Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Shenzhen campus, Shenzhen, China. ISIoT'15 is a premium forum to discuss and promote research on the critical area on the emerging technologies related to the internet of things (IoT), cyberphysical systems and smart devices and systems. More than 30 people from academia and industry participated in this workshop event. The participants also visited the Shenzhen IC industry park and one startup incubator in Shenzhen.

The detailed information about the the ISIoT'15 can be found at ISIoT15

The participants in the ISIoT15.

The participants in the ISIoT15.

6/10/2015, Ph.D. student, Taeyoung Kim won the Ph.D. Forum Best Poster - Research Award in the 2015 52nd IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference. This is the only award for the research related posters in the Ph.D. forum in DAC15 and one of the three awards (two other awards are for the best presentation and popular choice). This prestigious award indicates the high quality of Taeyoung's research works and strong interests of his works from the community. Congratulation on Taeyoung!

Taeyoung with Prof. Xin Lin of CMU, who is the organizer of DAC PhD Forum in DAC15 San Francisco, CA.

5/11/2015, Dr. Arthur Mazer, the Principal Advisor of Southern California Edison (SCE) visited the VSCLAB. Arthur is an expert on the numerical analysis and optimization techniques. He is working on the adapting interior point methods to manage integer constrained optimization problems for energy policies and regulation optimization at SCE. He is collaborating with VSCLab on the parallel GPU based linear solver -- GLU solver 

4/28/2015, Dr. Sheldon Tan's research project for developing novel electromigration analysis and modeling techniques has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF). The new research project (CCF-1527324) is titled "SHF:Small: Physics-Based Electromigration Assessment and Validation For Reliability-Aware Design and Management”. The new funding will support the EM related research at VSCLAB for three years starting August of 2015. See the related ECE newsVSLCAB lab has made a number of new contributions along with our industry collaborator Dr. Valeriy Sukharev in the past a few year on new EM modeling and assessment techniques for nanometer VLSI chips.EM and long term reliability is the major design challenges for sub-10nm VLSI chips. We have developed a new physics-based EM model and full-chip IR-based EM assessment technique to reduce the over-conservation of existing EM sign-off techniques. The new EM model and assessment techniques will have significant impacts on the VLSI design and design tool development communities. UCR is now leading the EM and reliability related research in the world. The new funding will further boost EM and other long-term reliability research works at UCR.

4/23/2015, Ph.D. student Hengyang Zhao won the prestigious Richard Newton Young Fellow Award from 42nd DAC and Design Automation Summer School. Congratulation on Hengyang! The Fellow award comes with a travel grant and free DAC registration for Hengyang to attend the DAC15 in San Francisco, CA on June 2015.The Richard Newton Young Fellow offers graduate students the opportunity to enjoy the excellent technical program at DAC, and to meet and network with EDA students and professionals at various points in their career.

4/18/2015, Ph.D. student Taeyoung Kim’s work has been selected for the Ph.D. forum in the coming DAC’15. His submission is titled "System-Level Reliability-Aware Lifetime Optimization for Embedded and Dark-Silicon Systems”. Congratulation on Taeyoung.Taeyoung will also present our recent work in the interconnect reliability analysis in the coming DAC’15:

  • H. Chen, X. Huang, V. Sukharev, S. X.-D. Tan,, T. Kim, “Interconnect reliability modeling and analysis for multi-branch interconnect trees”, Proc. IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DAC’15), San Francisco, June, 2015.

Taeyoung Kim also received the Richard Newton Young Fellow Award from DAC 2014, ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) award from ICCAD14.

1/19/2015, Dr. Sheldon Tan presented two papers in the IEEE/ACM Asian Southern and Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASPDAC) 2015 in Chiba, Japan. Among the two papers, our new electromigration model paper has been nominated for the Best Paper Award.

  • Y. Zhu, S. X.-D. Tan, “GPU-accelerated parallel Monte Carlo analysis of analog circuits by hierarchical graph-based solver”, Proc. Asia South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC’15), Chiba, Japan, Jan. 2015.
  • H. Chen, S. X.-D. Tan, X. Huang, V. Sukharev, “New electromigration modeling and analysis considering time-varying temperature and current densities”, Proc. Asia South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC’15), Chiba, Japan, Jan. 2015. (Best Paper Award Nomination)

11/22/2014 The IRES students, Sojin Ahn, Cindy Chiang and Leila Suasnabar attended the annual Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Students held in the Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 22, 2014. The student also gave a presentation in the conference:

 

S. Ahn, H. Fan Chiang,  L. Suasnabar, S. X.-D. Tan, J. Zhou, ÒPractical high-speed network modeling and analysisÓ,  Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR), California State at Fullerton, Nov. 2014.https://apps.fullerton.edu/CSUFConferences/SCCUR/Submission/Status?submissionCode=83C6NhWC

11/4/2014 Dr. Sheldon Tan and Dr. Valery Sukharev of Mentor Graphics and Dr. Mark Chew of Mentor Graphics delivered a tutorial in the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCADÕ14) In San Jose, CA.

 

Dr. Tan presented tutorial talk titled ÒLifetime Optimization for Real-Time Embedded Systems Considering Electromigration EffectsÓ.

10/15/2014 Dr. Tan gave an invited talk in the 13th Stress workshop, which is dedicated to the chip reliability issues on Oct. 15, 2014 in Austin, TX.  The presentation is titled  as follows:

13th International Workshop on Stress-Induced Phenomena in Microelectronics (Stress Workshop), The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, ÒPhysics-Based Electromigration Assessment for Power Grid NetworksÓ, Oct. 15th, 2014.

10/3/2014 The IRES students, Sojin Ahn, Cindy Chiang and Leila Suasnabar students gave a presentation in  the post-IRES workshop held in UCR on Oct. 3th, 2014.

 

Three IRES students presented their research and social activities in the seminar. The seminar was jointly held with another IRES program at UC Riverside directed by Prof. Albert Wang.  About 30 UCR students participated this event. Their presentations were well received and many students were looking for opportunities to join this program in the future. See more here.

10/1/2014 The PI participated in the annual SRC ÒLogic & Physical Design ReviewÓ meeting at UC Berkeley. The PI presented the latest research results on new EM models and new system resource-based EM modeling techniques to the SRC and research communities.

9/10/2014 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), School of Microelectronics and Solid State Electronics, Chengdu, China, ÒPhysics-Based Full-Chip Electron-Migration Modeling and Cross-Layer Reliability ManagementÓ,  Sept. 10, 2014.

 8/26/2014 EDA workshop, Daejeon Convention Center, Daejeon,  Korea, ÒPhysics-Based Full-Chip Electron-Migration Modeling and Cross-Layer Reliability ManagementÓ, August 26, 2014.

8/20/2014 Prof. Massimo Poncino from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, visited VSCLAB at UCR.  He also gave a talk titled ÒÒTowards Computer-Aided Design of Electrical Energy Systems: Challenges and SolutionsÓ at the ECE department at UC Riverside.

8/9/2014 The Mixed-Signal Nanometer Research Lab at UC Riverside has been changed to VLSI System and Computation Lab (VSCLAB) to better reflects the works and research topics undertaken in this lab.

7/28/2014 Dr. Tan gave an invited presentation on the 2nd International Workshop on Cross-layer Resiliency (IWCR 2014),  USC Information Science Institute (ISI),  Marina del Rey, CA:

 

2nd International Workshop on Cross-layer Resiliency (IWCR 2014),  USC Information Science Institute (ISI),  Marina del Rey, CA, ÒPhysics-Based Full-Chip Electron-Migration Modeling and System-level Reliability ManagementÓ, July 28, 2014.

7/18/2014 A new book, that  Dr. Sheldon Tan co-authored, has been published by Springer Publisher. The new book is titled ÒAdvanced Symbolic Analysis for VLSI Systems – Method and ApplicationÓ. It provides the latest development in symbolic analysis for VLSI design and its application.

 

Download the ready-to-use flyer or share the link with your colleagues:        The eBook is available on SpringerLink, Springer's online platform, accessed by millions of users every day.

7/17/2014 My former PhD student Boyuan Yan has  been appointed as an assistant research professor  at department of Physiology and Biophysics of Cornell University since July 2014.  

 

http://physiology.med.cornell.edu/faculty/profile.php?id=boyuanyan

 

I have one more PhD student now working as faculty member!

 

Congratulation on Boyuan!

7/4/2014 Dr. Tan gave an invited talk in The Institute of Computing Technologies, State Key Lab of Computer Architecture, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China on July 4th, 2014.

7/2/2014 Our industry collaborator, Dr. Valeriy Sukharev received the prestigious  SRC Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison Award!

Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison/Associate Awards recognizes those individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment and effectiveness in facilitation of university research, mentoring of graduate students, and dissemination of knowledge and research results to industry.

Dr. Sukharev has been selected as a recipient of one of the 2014 Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison/Associate Awards.  His dedication and personal contributions as a liaison to SRC research programs under the direction of Dr. Sheldon Tan, University of California Riverside on SRC research #2417.001 - Thermal-Sensitive System-Level Reliability Analysis and Management for Multi-Core and 3D Microprocessors has served to strengthen our industry.   SRC laud his efforts and hold his accomplishments as a role model for others.

The Mahboob Khan Outstanding Industry Liaison/Associate Awards will be presented at the SRC TECHCON 2014 banquet on Monday, September 8th in Austin, TX. 

6/1/2014 Several students from VSCLAB attended the 21th Design Automation Conference held in San Francisco, CA including Prof. Hai Wang, the VSCLAB alumni.

5/29/2014 Our recent work on the compact thermal modeling, which was published on the ÒThe Integration, The VLSIÓ Journal, in January 2014 has been one of the most downloaded paper in last  90 days.  As of May 8, 2014, the paper has been downloaded 263 times and is still ranked as 19th of most downloaded papers.  This work was jointly funded by NSF and SRC project.

 

Z. Liu, S. X.-D. Tan, H. Wang, Y. Hua, and A. Gupta, ÒCompact thermal modeling for packaged microprocessor design with practical power mapsÓ, IntegrationThe VLSI Journal, vol.  47, no. 1, January 2014. (One of the most downloaded papers in 2014 after its publication, 263 downloads in 6 months)  see: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/integration-the-vlsi-journal/most-downloaded-articles/  Online access:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167926013000412

5/9/2014 Ph.D. student Zao Liu successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis today. His thesis is titled ÒSystem-level thermal modeling and management for multi-core and 3D microprocessorsÓ.

 

Congratulation on Zao. Zao is the 12th Ph.D. graduated from MSLAB.

 Zao will join Intel Corp at Arizona after the graduation. We wish Zao the best in his future endeavor.

5/7/2014 A new book by Dr. Sheldon Tan,  Dr. Guoyong Shi and Esteban Tlelo-Cuautle, has been submitted to publication:

 

Guoyong Shi, Sheldon X.-D. Tan, Esteban Tlelo-Cuautle, ÒAdvanced Symbolic Analysis for VLSI Systems -- Methods and ApplicationsÓ,Springer, 2014 (in press).

 

This book provides comprehensive coverage of the recent advances in symbolic analysis techniques for design automation of nanometer VLSI systems. The presentation is organized in parts of fundamentals, basic implementation methods and applications for VLSI design.  Topics emphasized include statistical timing and crosstalk analysis, statistical and parallel analysis, performance bound analysis and behavioral modeling for analog integrated circuits  Among the recent advances, the Binary Decision Diagram (BDD) based approaches are studied in depth.   The BDD-based hierarchical symbolic analysis approaches ,  have essentially broken the analog circuit size barrier. 

 

This is the 5th book Dr. Sheldon Tan authored or co-authored. Thanks for Dr. Haibao Chen and Ph.D. student Yan Zhu for their help to finalize this book.

4/23/2014 Dr. Sheldon Tan visited the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of UCSD and presented an invited talk ÒNew Physics-Based Full-Chip Electron-Migration Analysis and System-level Reliability ManagementÓ. Dr. Tan also visited Prof. Chung Kuan ChengÕs lab at UCSD.

4/21/2014 Ph.D. student, Taeyoung Kim was award the Richard Newton Young Fellow to the 51th Design Automation Conference (DAC). Richard Newton Young Fellow is a prestigious award for junior Ph.D. students who studied in the  electronic design automation (EDA) and embedded system design areas. Taeyoung will get supports from the award for his travel to coming 51th DAC in San Francisco, CA.

 

Congratulation on Taeyoung!

 

3/11/2014 Our recent work on the compact thermal modeling, which was published on the ÒThe Integration, The VLSIÓ Journal, in January 2014 has been one of the most downloaded paper in last 90 days. It has logged 178 downloads during this period.  As of May 8, 2014, the paper has been downloaded 263 times and is still ranked as 24th of most downloaded papers.  This work was jointly funded by NSF and SRC project.

 

Z. Liu, S. X.-D. Tan, H. Wang, Y. Hua, and A. Gupta, ÒCompact thermal modeling for packaged microprocessor design with practical power mapsÓ,IntegrationThe VLSI Journal, vol.  47, no. 1, January 2014. (One of the most downloaded papers in 2014 after its publication, 178 downloads in 3 months)  see: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/integration-the-vlsi-journal/most-downloaded-articles/  Online access: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167926013000412

3/5/2014 Dr. Valeriy Sukharev visited UCR Riverside.  Dr. Sukharev  is a leading scientist in the Calibre group in Mentor Graphics. He is an well-known expert on the reliability analysis and modeling for VLSI systems.  He is a industry liaison of one funded SRC/NSF project at MSLAB.

 

Dr. Sukharev presented an invited talk titled ÒThe physics of electromigration for IC designersÓ and discussed the research collaborations and topics with the students in the MSLAB.

2/28/2014 Our work and paper on electro-migration based reliability analysis has been nominated as the Best Paper Award candidate in the coming IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference, which is the primary design technology conference in the semiconductor and EDA industry.

X. Huang, T. Yu,  V. Sukharev,  S. X.-D. Tan, ÒPhysics-based electromigration assessment for power grid networksÓ, Proc. IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference (DACÕ14),  San Francisco, June, 2014. (Best Paper Award Nomination (12 out of 787 submissions, 1.5%))

1/3/2014 Nvdia Corporation donated a new K40 GPU, which is the last Kepler series GPU from Nvidia as part of CUDA Research Center Prof. Tan established at UCR.

The new GPU, which costs about $5000, will significant boost the GPU and parallel algorithm development in MSLAB.

12/20/2013 The OpenACC Accelerator Fortran/C/C++ Linux compilers from Portland Group Interntioal (PGI), which was dominated by Nvdia as part of the Nvidia CUDA Research Center, has been installed in MSLAB. This compiler will help boost the research works on GPU and parallel programming.

12/10/2013 Prof. Sheldon Tan visited the department of Computer Science and Engineering at Seoul National University at Seoul and presented invited talk. Prof. Tan also visited Prof. Naehyuck ChangÕs research LAB at SNU.

Seoul National University, Embedded System Research Center (ESRC), Seoul, Korea, ÒArchitecture Level Thermal Modeling, Management for Multi-core and 3D MicroprocessorsÓ, Dec. 10, 2013.

11/21/2013 Prof. Naehyuck Chang of SNU visited UCR again. He gave an very interesting talk to the students in the EE213 course on the electronic energy systems.

11/8/2013 The IRES 2013 post-program workshop was held in Bourns College of Engineering. Prof. Sheldon Tan and Prof. Albert Wang hosted the workshop. In the workshop, all the participating IRES students presented their research works and their social activities during the summer IRES program. The IRES program certificates were gave to the participating students at the end of the meeting.

 

 10/10/2013 Prof. Naehyuck Chang of SNU visited MSLAB and Winston Chung Global Energy Center at Bouns College of Engineering.

9/1/2013 Five new Ph.D. students joined MSLAB in this Fall.  Also Ph.D. student Zao Liu finished the intern job at Intel Corp. Welcome those new and old students.

 

We also have one Post-Doc, Dr. Haibao Chen, who graduated from XiÕan Jiaotong University with Ph.D. on applied mathematics and Ms. Lingling Tan, who is a Ph.D. student of Tianjian University to work in MSLAB for one year. Welcome them also.

8/12/2013 Prof. Naehyuck Chang, who the professor of Computer Science and Engineering department at Seoul National University, visited the MSLAB and CE-CERT on Aug.12 an Aug.15, 2013.  Prof. Chang came to UCR to explore the collaborative researches on the advanced energy storage (battery), smart building and smart solar power techniques.  Prof. Chang is well-known power and embedded, and recently advanced energy system expert.

 

Prof. Chang also met Prof. Qi Zhu, the CE-CERT Director Prof. Matthew Marth and Weston Chung Energy Research Center Director Dr. Sadrul Ula during his visit.

 

Prof. Change also visited department of EE at UC Riverside on July 8th and gave an department talk with title ÒHybrid Energy Storage Systems: A Computer Systems Design ApproachÓ.

7/25/2013 The 4th International Workshop on Emerging Circuits and Systems (IWECS13), was held successfully in The University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu, China from Aug. 25-26, 2013.  Dr. Tan  is the organizer and international chair of the IWECS13. UESTC hosted this event. Prof. Hai Wang, who the  associate professor at SJTU, is the local chair and the co-chair of this conference.  IWECSÕ13 attracted 30 international leading researchers and company executives to share latest advances in the emerging circuits and systems.

4/22/2013 Dr. Valeriy Sukharev, who is the Technical Lead in the Calibre group of Mentor Graphics, visited MSLAB and EE department of UCR. Dr. Sukharev gave a department colloquium talk titled ÒBeyond BlackÕs Equation: Full-Chip EM/SM Assessment in 3D IC StackÓ.  Dr. Sukharev is industry expert on the chip long-term reliability issues such as electro-migration and stress-migration.  He come to visit MSLAB is also part of the joint NSF/SRC project at UCR.

3/21/2013 MSLAB Alumni gathering in San Jose, CA with Prof. Tan. We have former Ph.D. student, Dr. Duo Li, Dr. Ning Mi, Dr. Ruijing Shen, Dr. Pu Liu and Dr. Xuexin Liu and Mr. Jian Cui (who is the MS student from MSLAB). We have wonderful dinner together.  See photos.

3/11/2013 Ph.D. student Xuexin Liu, successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis today. His thesis is titled ÒParallel and Statistical Analysis and Modeling of Nanometer VLSI SystemsÓ.

 

Congratulation on Xuexin . Xuexin is the 11th Ph.D. graduated from MSLAB.

 Xuexin will join Synopsys's IC compiler group after the graduation. We wish Xuexin the best in his future endeavor.

12/14/2012 National Science Foundation and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) funded Dr. Sheldon TanÕs s research on reliability-aware dynamic thermal management for multi-core and 3D microprocessors.

 

The project, which is titled ÒThermal-Sensitive System-Level Reliability Analysis and Management for Multi-Core and 3D MicroprocessorsÓ (NSF-1255899), will focus on the emerging thermal and thermal induced reliability issues in the multi/many core and 3D stacked microprocessors. The project was jointly funded by NSF and SRC and will start in April, 2013.

11/27/2012 Xuexin's recent work has been selected to present in GPU Technology Conference to be held in San Jose, March 18-21, 2013.

"Fast Thermal Analysis of 3D Integrated Circuits on CPU-GPU Platforms".

The GPU conference is primary GPU related conference sponsored by Nvidia Corp.

9/5/2012 MSLAB welcomes several new Ph.D. students.  Xin Huang come from Peking University with M.S. degree, Kai He comes from Nanjin University with M.S., Kapil Jainwal come Indian Institute of Technology Bombay with M.S., India,  Tan Yu and Xin Lin, who both come from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China  (UESTC) with B.S. degree.

9/1/2012 Dr. Puying Tang, who is an associate professor of University of Electronic Science and Technology of China  (UESTC), came to visit MSLAB at UCR as a visiting scholar for one year. Dr. Tang is an optimization expert and we hope she can make a contribution to the MSLAB.

8/30/2012 Visiting M.S. student, Adair PALMA RODRIGUEZ, from the INAOE, Puebla, successfully passed his M.S. defense at INAOE. Adair finished his M.S. study at UC Riverside from Oct. 2011 to July 2012. His thesis is titled ÒVariational analysis of analog integrated circuits based on symbolic analysisÓ.  Dr. Tan is his M.S. thesis defense committee also.

8/19/2012 Dr. Emily Ashworth, who  Director, China Office U. S. National Science Foundation Embassy of the United States of America, visited IRES team of UCR at Tsinghua University on Aug. 19.

 

Dr. Tan and three U.S. student did a presentation on their research works performed at UCR and Tsinghua University. Dr. Ashworhth then had lunch with Dr. Tan and three U.S. students.

8/9/2012 The 4th International Workshop on Emerging Circuits and Systems (IWECS12), was held successfully in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China from Aug. 9-10, Dr. Tan  is the organizer and international chair of the IWECS12. Shanghai Jiao Tong University hosted the this event. Prof. Guoyong Shi, who the professor at SJTU, is the local chair and the co-chair of this conference. 

 

IWECS12 attracted more 30 international experts from US, China and Singapore. The workshop scheme of this is advanced analysis techniques. The workshop has 14 invited talks covering emerging variational analog analysis to parallel computing and analysis.

 

Dr. Tan gave the opening remark for the workshop. He also gave an invited talk titled - Parallel computing and simulation for VLSI systems in the workshop.

7/29/2012 Three US students, Omar Olmos, Alexander Chaney and Jaqueline Garay, visited Tsinghua University from July 29 to Aug. 26, 2012. Their visit is part of NSF-sponsored International Research Experience for Student (IRES) program, which is called Ceitres Program at UCR also.

 

Prof. Yici Cai is the local mentor for the US student. Jianlei Yang from Tsinghua University served as the local student host for the U.S. student. The three US students collaborated with graduate students on fast Monte Carlo based simulation techniques this year.

7/23/2012 Dr. Tan and U.S. student  Jaqueline Garay visited the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore from July 23 to July 29, 2012.

 

Dr. TanÕs host is Prof. Hao Yu.  Thsis visiting to NTU at Singapore was supported by National Science Foundation  planned visiting program (OISE-1051797).  Prof. Tan and the US student also visited Centre for High Performance Embedded Systems (CHiPES)  and VIRTUS – IC Design Centre of Excellence.

 

During the visit to NTU.  Dr. Tan also visited MediaTek on July 25, 2012 and met his format visiting PhD student Zhigang Hao. During his visit, Prof. Tan gave an invited talk as follow:

 

MediaTek Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore, ÒThermal Analysis and Runtime Management Research for Multi-core MicroprocessorsÓ, July 27, 2012.

6/10/2012 Ph.D. student, Zao Liu, will work in the Strategic CAD Lab in IntelÕs Corporation as an intern for this summer.

 

Ph.D. student, Xuexin Liu, will work in the Apache Design, which is part of ANSYS Corporation, as an intern for this summer.

 

We wish they have a productive and fun summer.

5/29/2012 Dr. Ashish Gupta visited the MSLAB at UCR for participating in a NSF workshop at UCR and SRC/NSF project review.  Dr. Gupta is the Manager of Fluids and Core Competency group at IntelÕs Assembly & Testing Technology Development group.  He is the industry liaison person of a NSF/SRC funded project at MSLAB.

5/26/2012 Prof. Wenjian Yu, who is the associate professor of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University, China,  visited  MSLAB from May 26 to June 4, 2012.

 

Prof. Yu presented a seminar titledÓ Fast Floating Random Walk Solver for Interconnect Capacitance ExtractionÓ,

 at MSLAB during his visit and discuss the collaborative works with Prof. Sheldon Tan during his visit.

4/26/2012 Zhigang Hao, who is a visiting student of MSLAB from January 2010 to June 2011, has successfully passed his Ph.D. defense on April 26, 2012. ZhigangÕs Ph.D. thesis is titled ÒComputer-Aided Design Methods for Variational Analysis of Nanosale Mixed-Signal Integrated CircuitsÓ. His advisor at Shanghai Jiaotong University is Prof. Guoyong Shi.  Dr. Sheldon Tan served as his defense committee chair.

 

After graduation, Zhigang landed a job as Staff Engineer in the MediaTek Singapore Pte Ltd. Best wishes for Zhigang for his future career development.

4/15/2012 Kuangya Zhai, who is the M.S. student of  Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University, China,  visited MSLAB from April 14 to July 15, 2012 as a visiting student.

 

Kuangya is expert on the GPU-based computing and parameter extraction. He will work on the GPU-based simulation and modeling project at MSLAB.

4/15/2012 The University of California, Riverside has been selected as an NVIDIA CUDA Research Center

 

Dr. Sheldon Tan will be the Director of the research center. The research center will focus on the innovative research on parallel simulation and modeling techniques for integrated systems (like VLSI systems) based on general purpose GPU (GPGPU). NVIDIA CUDA research center at UCR is the testimony of the outstanding research and education efforts on the GPGPU computing and programming at the mixed-signal nanometer research Lab (MSLAB) at UC Riverside.

4/10/2012 Ph.D. student, Hai Wang has passed the PhD defense. His thesis topic is titled ÒCompact Modeling and Analysis for Electronic and Thermal Effects of Nanometer Integrated and Packaged SystemsÓ.  Hai is the 10th PhD student graduated from MSLAB. Congratulation on Hai.

 

Hai  will join University of Electronic Science  and Technology of China (UESTC) as a faculty member after his graduation. We wish his best for his future endeavors in his academic career. 

3/1/2012 A monograph book co-authored by Ruijing Shen, Sheldon Tan and and Hao Yu  has been published by Springer.

 

Ruijing Shen, Sheldon X.-D. Tan and Hao Yu,  Statistical Performance Analysis and Modeling Techniques for Nanometer VLSI Designs,  Springer March 2012,  ISBN-10: 1461407877.

2/26/2012 Ph.D. student, Ruijing ShenÕs paper titled ÒFast statistical full-chip leakage analysis for nanometer VLSI systemsÓ has been accepted by TODAES. This paper proposed a very fast leakage current analysis techniques for VLSI chips. Congratulation on her!

 

R. Shen, S. X.-D. Tan, H. Wang, J. Xiong, ÒFast statistical full-chip leakage analysis for nanometer VLSI systemsÓ, ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES), 2012.

1/1/2012 Dr. Tailong Xu from Anhui University, Hefei, China came to visit MSLAB for one year as a visiting scholar (starting from 12/01/2011). Dr. Xu is an analog design expert and his visiting will enhance the analog/mixed-signal related research work at MSLAB.