CORVALLIS, Ore. – Patrick Chiang, an assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University, has received an Early Career Research Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, one of 69 awards of its type in the nation.
These five-year grants “reflect strong commitment to creating jobs and new industries through scientific innovation,” said Steven Chu, secretary of the Department of Energy.
Chiang’s award was titled “Sustainable Silicon ‐ Energy‐Efficient VLSI Interconnect for Extreme‐Scale Computing,” and was supported by the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research. The award is one part of $85 million in funding made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. There were 1,750 applicants for these awards, which provide at least $150,000 per year for salary and research support.
Chiang and his doctoral student, Jacob Postman, are working on “sustainable silicon,” or new microchips that improve the energy efficiency of extreme-scale computing. They have already developed a preliminary multicore “network-on-a-chip” that reduced power consumption by 38 percent.
These energy-efficient techniques may ultimately find use in powerful computers that address such tasks as DNA sequencing or climate modeling, and might reduce power consumption by a factor of five to 10 times, researchers say.