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CS Student Sought for Work on Google Research Award

CS Student Sought for Work on Google Research Award

Uh-photo copyGang-Ryung Uh, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Boise State University, is seeking a CS student interested in working with him on his Google Faculty Research Award, in the field of an Optimizing Compiler Construction for a low-power ARM Cortex processor.

As communication and media applications become more complex, mobile devices are becoming more sophisticated to manage increasing data quantity and instruction flow. At the same time, energy expenditure is also a primary system design constraint where battery life is directly related to the usefulness of the product. To resolve these conflicting design issues, Uh’s research is focused on developing an optimizing compiler for an ARM processor, which is currently used for smartphones. In particular, his compiler produces machine code for an ARM Cortex-A8 processor that matches ARM Cortex-A9 performance, but with significantly reduced power consumption.

Senior Computer Science student, Ryan Baird, has been working for this Google project since summer 2012. As a major project activity, Baird and Uh have been streamlining two National Compiler Infrastructures: LLVM and VPO compilers. As it stands, the streamlined compiler can produce both correct results and highly optimized machine code for more than 10 large applications in MiBench benchmark suite. The results clearly indicate the potential of the primary project outcome. Based on this initial success, Baird has been accepted to the Computer Science graduate program at Florida State University with a full research scholarship.

Google Research Awards are one-year unrestricted gifts intended to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. The funding provides faculty the opportunity to fund a graduate student and work directly with Google research scientists and engineers. The most recent funding round consisted of 104 awards across 21 different focus areas for a total of nearly $6 million. The subject areas that received the highest level of support were systems and infrastructure, human computer interaction, and mobile. In addition, 28% of the funding was awarded to universities outside the U.S.

Students interested in this work should contact Dr. Uh at

More information about the Google Faculty Research Awards can be found at:

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