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ECE Colloquium 2021


16 Apr 2021 04:00 PM Athens time via Zoom
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Memristor-based in-Memory Logic Design Methodologies


While the von Neumann architecture played a leading role in CMOS-based computing systems for several decades, nowadays in-memory computing is an alternative approach being pursued, with resistive switching devices (memristors) in dense crossbar arrays being among the key enabling device technologies to consider. In such a conceived memristor-based in-memory processing unit, the logic circuits are directly implemented among the memory cross-point cells, with logic inputs being the data already stored in the resistive state of the memristors involved in computation. In this context, this talk will present the basic memristor operations as a resistive memory cell, and its functional nonidealities. It will then further comment on different memristor-based logic design styles, mostly focusing on a variability-tolerant logic scheme, as a viable solution for reliable in-memory computing within the reach of today´s technology. The talk will conclude with information about available commercial memristor devices and basic circuit topologies that facilitate laboratory experiments, to motivate researchers and students to dare implement and test memristor applications in hardware.

About the speaker 

Ioannis Vourkas was born in Kozani, Greece, in 1985. He received his M.Eng. diploma and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) from Democritus University of Thrace (DUTh), Xanthi, Greece, in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Currently he is Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Electronic Engineering of Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM) in Valparaíso, Chile. Ever since 2018 he is also Associate Researcher in the Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Eng. (AC3E) of UTFSM. In early 2019 he was visiting researcher in the Department of Electronic Engineering of Polytechnic University of Catalonia - BarcelonaTECH for 2 months. His current research emphasis is on novel nanoelectronic circuits and architectures comprising memristors. His research interests include unconventional computing, software and hardware aspects of parallel complex computational (bio-inspired) circuits and systems. In these areas he is the main author of one book published by Springer, three book chapters, of more than 25 international journal articles and of several international conference papers [1]. Impact of his research findings was recently recognized by Knowm Inc. company in USA [2] and has also inspired the industrial sector to develop circuit applications on memristor technology [3]. Currently, his research is funded by the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development (ANID) and Synopsys R&D in Chile. He is IEEE CASS and NanoGiga TC member, and serves in the Editorial Board of Elsevier Microelectronics Journal (since 2017). He has been a scholar of the Greek BODOSSAKI Foundation (2011 to 2014) and of the Santander Universities Program (2018/2019).


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