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(October 7) From Circuits to Cognitive Computing: Big opportunities from Hardware perspectives


From Circuits to Cognitive Computing: Big opportunities from Hardware perspectives


Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 - 2:30 ~ 4:00 pm


Dr. Gi-Joon Nam (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center)


Hallasan (한라산) Seminar Room (National Nanofab Center 2nd floor)


Mobile and Cloud computing have been enabling cyberspace accessible to virtually everyone and transforming the daily lives of people for the better. We truly live in the world with the explosion of computing devices and data. Sensors are everywhere and the data generated from them (including mobile devices) grow at a faster rate than the rate at which processing capacity grows. The demand for higher computing capacity and intelligent processing is stronger than ever before. In this talk, I will go over the new computing paradigm, Cognitive Computing, to address this trend. Then, I’ll give an overview of a few related interesting yet transformative projects that are going on in IBM research. The topics range from circuits (P/Z processors with sub-20nm technologies) to system architectures for big data applications (OpenPower project) to cognitive computing (SyNAPSE, the brain inspired Neurosynaptic chip). Then, I will conclude the talk that this is an exciting time to be a computer & electrical engineers with tremendous opportunities lying ahead.



Gi-Joon Nam received his B.S in Computer Engineering from Seoul National University and MS. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001. Since then, Dr. Nam is with IBM Research organization and currently he is a Research Staff Member and Manager at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center managing the Physical Design Department for IBM P & Z server microprocessors. Prior to this, he managed the Optimized Analytics System department in the IBM Austin Research Lab working on the workload-optimized systems for big data applications. In the past 10+ years, Dr. Nam has been involved with variety of projects in IBM such as EDA (Electronic Design Automation) software development for IBM’s in-house Place&Route tools, processor designs for P & Z microprocessors, the system & memory architecture research for big data applications, cognitive computing and smart planet projects. He is a senior member of IEEE and ACM.