Keynote Talk

Reconfigurable Wireless Multi-chiplet Networking: A "Transformer" to Exascale AI Chips

Danella Zhao

Department of Computer Science
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA


Abstract: As we enter the "More than Moore" era of semiconductor integration, chiplets have emerged as a vital technology to enable heterogeneous system integration for high-performance AI training and inferencing at the edge. In this talk, we will discuss the key challenges faced in the chiplet paradigm and explore the core designs of a reconfigurable hybrid wireless inter-chiplet network architecture, a so-called chiplet “transformer” to scale AI-focused parallel architecture. Our ultimate goal is to exploit viable solutions to enable chiplet architecture as an AI infrastructure for human-centric computing.

Biography: Dr. Danella Zhao is the Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Old Dominion University (ODU). Before joining ODU, she was a Lockheed Martin Corporation/BORSF Endowed Associate Professor at the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS), University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from University at Buffalo, SUNY and her B.E. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China.

Dr. Zhao's research focuses around the broad theme of high performance secure and intelligent computing, spanning such topics as multicore/ many-core computing and on-chip networking, Internet-of-Things (IoT) intelligence & security, hardware security, autonomous computing, and machine learning. She is one of the pioneers on the research of wireless Network-on-Chip, a new communication paradigm for building energy-efficient many-core chips. Based on this research, she received the prestigious NSF CAREER award. Her research was recognized by various awards such as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Research Excellence Award, Louisiana Board of Regents Commendation for Teacher-Scholar, and Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship Award.

Dr. Zhao enjoys various professional activities and services, serving as the Steering Committee Chair, General Chair, and TPC Chair of several semiconductor and electronic design automation conferences. She is the General Chair of 2021 IEEE International System-on-Chip Conference and the TPC Chair of 2022 IEEE Microelectronics Design and Test Symposium.