CSA hosts Prof. Murali Annavaram as Smt. Rukmini  and Sri. Gopalachar Chair Professor during July 2022 — July 2023

Murali Annavaram is the Dean’s Professor in the Ming-Hsieh Department of ECE and CS (joint appointment) at the University of Southern California. He is also the Founding Director of the REAL@USC-Meta center, and the architecture thrust leader for the NSF DISCoVER Expeditions center. He is currently the Rukmini Gopalakrishnachar Visiting Chair Professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) for the 2022-2023 academic year.  He held the Robert G. and Mary G. Lane Early Career Chair at USC until 2018.  His research is focused on energy efficient computer system design through heterogeneity, secure and private computing for machine learning systems, and  superconducting processor designs.  His research had direct impact on 3D stacked processors, EPI throttled systems such as Turbo Boost,  power efficient GPU server architectures, and privacy preserving traffic sensing using mobile devices. In collaboration with his IISC colleagues he plans to explore the novel hardware architectures and runtime systems for efficient execution of a diverse range of ML algorithms, going beyond the traditional matrix-algebra accelerators. He also plan to explore approaches to leverage superconducting CPUs as  qubit controllers for quantum computing.

Murali received the NSF CAREER award, IBM Faculty Award, Samsung Faculty Award, Meta’s Featured Research Academic of 2022 award. He received the Stevens Institute’s Innovation Inside curriculum award.  For his wide range of contributions to computer architecture, he has been inducted to the hall of fame for three of the prestigious computer architecture conferences ISCA, MICRO and HPCA. He served as a Technical Program Chair for HPCA 2021, and served as the General Co-Chair for ISCA 2018. Murali co-authored Parallel Computer Organization and Design, a widely used textbook to teach both the basic and advanced principles of computer architecture. Murali received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2001. He is an IEEE Fellow and senior member of ACM.