24th IEEE International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems
The International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems (ASYNC) is the premier forum for researchers to present their latest findings in the area of asynchronous design. The 24th symposium will be hosted by TU Wien in Vienna, Austria.
Collocated with FAC’18
Abstract - Quantum computing holds the promise to solve intractable problems using processors that exploit quantum physics concepts, such as superposition and entanglement. A quantum processor’s core is an array of quantum bits (qubits) that can be implemented in a number of solid-state technologies, including silicon. The quantum processor needs to be controlled and read out by a classical processor operating on the qubits in real time, several millions of times per second. Due to the extremely weak signals involved in the process, ultra-low-noise, highly sensitive circuits and systems are needed, along with very precise timing capability. We advocate the use of CMOS technologies to achieve these goals, whereas the circuits will be operated at deep-cryogenic temperatures, we call these circuits, collectively, cryo-CMOS classical control. In the keynote, the challenges of designing and operating complex circuits and systems at 4K and below will be outlined, along with preliminary results achieved in the control and read-out of qubits by ad hoc integrated circuits that were optimized to operate at low power in these conditions. The talk will conclude with a perspective on the field and its trends.
Edoardo Charbon (SM’00 F’17) received the Diploma from ETH Zurich, the M.S. from the University of California at San Diego, and the Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988, 1991, and 1995, respectively, all in electrical engineering and EECS. He has consulted with numerous organizations, including Bosch, X-Fabs, Texas Instruments, Maxim, Sony, Agilent, and the Carlyle Group. He was with Cadence Design Systems from 1995 to 2000, where he was the Architect of the company's initiative on information hiding for intellectual property protection. In 2000, he joined Canesta Inc., as the Chief Architect, where he led the development of wireless 3-D CMOS image sensors. Since 2002 he has been a member of the faculty of EPFL, where is a full professor since 2015. From 2008 to 2016 he was with Delft University of Technology as Chair of VLSI design. He has been the driving force behind the creation of deep-submicron CMOS SPAD technology, which is mass-produced since 2015 and is present in telemeters, proximity sensors, and medical diagnostics tools. He has also been the strong proponent of using cryogenic CMOS (cryo-CMOS) circuits and systems for the classical control of quantum processors, so as to achieve scalable quantum computers. His interests span from 3-D vision, FLIM, FCS, NIROT to super-resolution microscopy, time-resolved Raman spectroscopy, and cryo-CMOS circuits and systems for quantum computing. He has authored or co-authored over 250 papers and two books, and he holds 20 patents. Dr. Charbon is a distinguished visiting scholar of the W. M. Keck Institute for Space at Caltech, a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Photonics Society, a fellow of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, and a fellow of the IEEE.
Abstract - Researchers are now able to engineer synthetic genetic circuits for a range of applications in the environmental, medical, and energy domains. Crucial to the success of these efforts is the development of methods and tools for genetic design automation (GDA). While inspiration can be drawn from experiences with electronic design automation (EDA), design with a genetic material poses several challenges. In particular, genetic circuits are composed of very noisy components making their behavior more asynchronous, analog, and stochastic in nature. This talk presents our research in the development of the GDA tool, iBioSim, which leverages our past experiences in asynchronous circuit synthesis and formal verification to address these challenges. The iBioSim tool enables the synthetic biologist to construct models in a familiar graphical form, analyze them using a variety of methods that leverage efficient abstractions, visualize their analysis results using an intuitive interface, and ultimately synthesize a genetic implementation from a library of genetic parts. Each step of this design process utilizes standard data representation formats enabling the ready exchange of results.
Chris J. Myers received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Chinese history in 1991 from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1993 and 1995, respectively. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Myers is the author of over 150 technical papers and the textbooks Asynchronous Circuit Design and Engineering Genetic Circuits. He is also a co-inventor on 4 patents. His research interests include asynchronous circuit design, formal verification of analog/mixed signal circuits and cyber-physical systems, and modeling, analysis, and design of genetic circuits. Dr. Myers received an NSF Fellowship in 1991, an NSF CAREER award in 1996, and best paper awards at the 1999 and 2007 Symposiums on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems. Dr. Myers is a Fellow of the IEEE, and he is a Member of the Editorial Board for ACS Synthetic Biology, Engineering Biology, Synthetic Biology, and IEEE Life Sciences Letters and has served on the Editorial Boards for the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, IEEE Design & Test Magazine, and Springer journal on Formal Methods in System Design. Dr. Myers has also served as an editor for the Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) standard and is on the steering committee for the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) standard.
Abstract - As this community well knows, asynchronous design methodologies are not new. Some of the earliest computers were designed without clocks, and commercial applications of asynchronous designs have unremarkably dotted the history of VLSI systems over the past 50 years. The predominant view among technologists today is that asynchronous techniques have rarely, if ever, provided unambiguous value for their applications in a way that would outperform synchronous approaches. Regardless of the truth of that view, the asynchronous community needs to fundamentally shift its perspectives and practices if asynchronous design methods are ever to become relevant for mainstream use. In this talk I offer a straw man proposal for how we can rescue asynchronous from the doldrums of VLSI design.
Mike Davies has led the design and development of many of the industry’s most advanced asynchronous chips over the past 18 years. As Fulcrum Microsystems’ Director of Silicon Engineering, he and his team pioneered high performance, commercially viable asynchronous design methodologies. Over that time, Fulcrum produced five generations of switch products with leading bandwidth, latency, power, and features. Today, as Director of Intel’s Neuromorphic Research Lab, he continues to advance asynchronous design practice, most visibly with its recent application to the Loihi neuromorphic research chip.
There are many interesting connections between digital and analog circuits and systems which go beyond traditional ADC/DAC. For example, research in the asynchronous community has been exploring purely analog effects such as metastability. Likewise, the effects of electromagnetic noise due to global clocking have been studied as well as cross-talk. In my group we have been recently investigating other new bridges between asynchronous and analog worlds. One of them is the design of what we call 'little digital' electronics which sits inside analog and mixed signal systems and controls the analog parts by switching energy flow in them. DC-DC converters and various kinds of sensors are examples where asynchronous circuits are increasingly more advantageous than their clocked counterparts. For example, they help not only reduce latency of response to events in analog parts, but also ultimately improve physical characteristics of the whole system such as power efficiency, smaller capacitors and inductors. This talk will cover these developments from the perspective of new models, design methodologies and CAD tools.
Professor Alex Yakovlev is an international pioneer of low-power asynchronous circuit design and automation, for which he was elected to Fellow of IEEE in 2016 and RAEng in 2017. He is Professor of Computing Systems Design at the School of Engineering, Newcastle University, where he has been working since 1991, and leads a Microsystems research group. He received DSc from Newcastle University in 2006, and PhD from St. Petersburg Electrical Engineering Institute (Russia) in 1982, both in the field of asynchronous systems. Amongst his most notable achievements is the invention of the Signal Transition Graph, which is a de-facto standard for modelling asynchronous control circuits, its theoretical study, analysis and synthesis algorithms and CAD support (tools Petrify and Workcraft), extensively used by industry. In 2011, as a Dream Fellow of EPSRC, he proposed the idea of energy-modulated computing, which laid foundation to creating a bridge between asynchronous logic and analogue-mixed signal systems at a new level of understanding the interplay between energy flux and computations.
Andreas Steininger, TU Vienna, Austria
Matthias Fuegger, CNRS & ENS Paris-Saclay, France
Milos Krstic, IHP and University of Potsdam, Germany
Ian W. Jones, Oracle Labs, USA
Eckhard Grass, IHP and Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Germany
Prasad Prakash Joshi, Intel Labs, USA
Erik Brunvand, University of Utah, USA
Luciano Lavagno, Politecnico Torino, Italy
Hong Chen, Tsinghua University, China
Christos Sotiriou, University of Thessaly, Greece
Traude Sommer, TU Vienna, Austria
Florian Huemer, TU Vienna, Austria
Jürgen Maier, TU Vienna, Austria
John Bainbridge, NetSpeed Systems, USA
Peter Beerel, University of Southern California, USA
Edith Beigne, CEA-Leti, France
Davide Bertozzi, University of Ferrara, Italy
Kwabena Boahen, Stanford University, USA
Erik Brunvand, The University of Utah, USA
Jean-Frederic Christmann, CEA-Leti, France
Jordi Cortadella, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Shomit Das, AMD Research, USA
Reuven Dobkin, vSync Circuits, Israel
Xin Fan, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Laurent Fesquet, TIMA, France
Jim Garside, The University of Manchester, UK
Gennette Gill, D. E. Shaw Research, USA
Ran Ginosar, Technion, Israel
Mark Greenstreet, University of British Columbia, Canada
Masashi Imai, Hirosaki University , Japan
Luciano Lavagno, Politecnico di Torino , Italy
Christoph Lenzen, MPI Saarbrücken, Germany
Rajit Manohar, Cornell University, USA
Joycee Mekie, IIT Gandhinagar, India
Andrey Mokhov, Newcastle University, UK
Matheus Moreira, Chronos Tech, USA
Chris Myers, University of Utah, USA
Duarte Oliveira, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, Brazil
Julian Pontes, ARM Research, UK (Brazil)
Marly Roncken, Portland State University, USA
Arash Saifhashemi, Intel, USA
Hiroshi Saito, The University of Aizu, Japan
Montek Singh, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Christos Sotiriou, University of Thessaly, Greece
Jens Sparso, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Ken Stevens, The University of Utah, USA
Pascal Vivet, CEA-Leti, France
Zhao Wang, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Eslam Yahya, Zewail City of Science and Technology, France
Alex Yakovlev, Newcastle University, UK
Suwen Yang, Oracle, USA
Tomohiro Yoneda, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Authors are invited to submit papers on any aspect of asynchronous design, ranging from design, synthesis, and test to asynchronous applications. Topics of interest include:
Submissions for regular and special topics must report original scientific work, in 6-8 pages IEEE double-column conference format (single-spaced, 10pt or larger font size), with author information concealed. Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE digital library IEEEXplore and symposium proceedings.
We solicit 1-2 page submissions that present "fresh ideas" in asynchronous design, not yet ready for publication. These will go through a separate light-weight review process. Accepted submissions will be assembled in a binder and handed out at the workshop. We also invite students to present a poster on their research, co-authored with their advisor, and to submit a one page abstract that will receive a light-weight review.
ASYNC 2018 will include papers and tutorials from industry on the state-of-the-art application of asynchronous designs to both existing and emerging technologies. The topics are specifically targeted at industry and include:
We solicit 1-2 page submissions for the workshop, IEEE double-column conference format. These papers will go through a separate light-weight review process. Accepted papers will be published in the IEEE digital library IEEEXplore and symposium proceedings. We also solicit tools and demos for presentation at the conference.
|Early Bird (until March 31th 2018)||Late (after March 31th 2018)|
|IEEE Member||580 €||696 €|
|IEEE Student Member||464 €||557 €|
|IEEE Life Member||319 €||383 €|
|Non Member||725 €||870 €|
|Student Non Member||580 €||696 €|
Please note that all prices are in Euro. The registration includes:
To register for the conference, please access our registration website. We would like to encourage our participants to also consider registrating for FAC'18 that will take place in the same venue on May 16-17, 2018. The participants that register to both FAC'18 and ASYNC 2018 will get a 5% discount on their registration fees.
|16:00||Walking tour through the garden of Schönbrunn Palace|
|17:00||Get-together at “Landtmann's Jausen Station” in the palace garden|
|9:30||Keynote 1 - Classical Control for Quantum Processors: a Cryo-CMOS Perspective|
|by Edoardo Charbon, EPFL|
|Chair: Tomohiro Yoneda|
|11:00||Paper Session 1: Building blocks of asynchronous circuits|
|Chair: Laurent Fesquet|
|14:00||Industrial Session 1: Design Flow|
|Chair: Andrew Lines|
|16:00||Industrial & Fresh Idea Paper Session 2: New Applications|
|Chair: Jordi Cortadella|
|8:30||Keynote 2 - Design of Asynchronous Genetic Circuits|
|by Chris J. Myers, University of Utah|
|Chair: Steve Nowick|
|10:00||Paper Session 3: Formal Methods for Design and Verification|
|Chair: Christoph Lenzen|
|11:30||Paper Session 4: Metastability and Synchronization|
|Chair: Peter Beerel|
|13:45||Paper Session 5: New application horizons|
|Chair: Mika Nystroem|
|15:15||Poster and Demo Session 6 (incl. Coffee Break)|
|Chair: Marly Roncken|
|17:00||Social Event & Banquet|
|8:30||Keynote 3 - A Roadmap for Saving Async from Irrelevance|
|by Mike Davies, Intel Labs|
|Chair: William Koven|
|9:30||Paper session 7: Chip Design, Analysis, and Verification|
|Chair: Hong Chen|
|10:30||Coffee Break & Best Paper voting|
|11:00||Industrial & Fresh Idea Paper Session 8: Open Questions|
|Chair: Jens Sparsø|
|12:00||Best Paper Award & Closure|
|14:00||Bridging talk ASYNC/FAC - Async-Analog: Happy Cross-talking?|
|by Alex Yakovlev, Newcastle University, UK|
|Chair: Andrey Mokhov|
|15:00||Start of FAC'18 (see program)|
ASYNC 2018 will be held in the Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel located right next to the Technical Museum and the famous Schönbrunn Palace. More information about the hotel is available in their website. Use this booking page to get the special conference rate for the hotel. The city center and other attractions can easily be reached by tram (directly in front of the hotel) or underground (a few minutes away). For more information about the city and its attractions please visit this website.
Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel, Vienna
Schlossallee 8, A-1140 Wien (Austria)
Phone: +43 (1) 89 11 0
The venue can be conveniently reached with U-Bahn (subway) or tram. Coming from the VIE airport, the simplest public transport route is to take the suburban railway S7 (cheaper) or the dedicated City Airport Train CAT (faster) to the subway station "Landstraße (Bhf. Wien Mitte)" (for more details and current fares check this website). From Landstraße, you can take the U-Bahn U4 (direction "Hütteldorf") to "Schönbrunn", from which it is a 15 min walk to the hotel. Alternatively, you can take U4 to "Hietzing" (the stop after Schönbrunn) and take the tram line 60 (direction "Westbahnhof") or 10 (direction "Dornbach") to the stop "Penzinger Straße", which is right next to the hotel. When arriving by train or bus at Wien Hauptbahnhof, you can take tram line 18 to Wien Westbahnhof and from there tram line 60 or 52 to "Penzinger Straße".
Vienna has an excellent public transportation system consisting of buses, trams and five metro lines that will take you everywhere in the city. Tickets are available online or at every metro stations. There are a lot of different ticket options available. However, if you are planning on making multiple trips using the public transportation system, we recommend you to consider the congress ticket (20€, valid throughout four consecutive days) or a weekly pass (17.10€, valid throughout a whole calendar week, Monday to Monday). The congress ticket is a special offer only available under the provided link.
On Sunday afternoon the registration starts at 15:00. The registration desk is located in the hotel lobby. Everybody who wants to join the walking tour through the beautiful garden of Schönbrunn palace should gather in the lobby. We are planning to leave at 16:00. The tour will take approximately one hour and end at the restaurant Landtmann's Jausen Station in the palace garden (see below). If you don't want to join the tour you can also come directly to the restaurant. There will be someone at the registration desk if you need directions. From the hotel it is a 20 minutes walk to the restaurant.
On Tuesday we will take you on a Sightseeing Bus Tour and Walking Tour through the inner city districts of Vienna. The Bus will pick us up at the hotel and take us to some of Vienna's most famous sights. Afterward a guide will take us on a walking tour through Vienna's first district and lead us right to the conference dinner location. The dinner will be hosted in the courtyard of the "Haus der Musik" (House of Music) museum. Established in the year 2000, it is the first museum of sound and music in Austria. If you would like to visit the exhibition during your stay in Vienna contact us for free tickets. Meeting point for the tour is 17:00 in the hotel lobby. If you don't want to join the sightseeing/walking tour you can also come directly to the conference dinner location. We are planning to be there at 19:00. The "Haus der Musik" can easily be reached by the metro line U4 (Station "Stadtpark"). Don't hesitate to ask us if you need directions.