The Wisconsin Multifacet Project seeks to improve the multiprocessor servers that form the computational infrastructure for Internet web servers, databases and other demanding applications. Work focuses on using the transistor bounty provided by Moore's Law to improve multiprocessor performance, cost and fault tolerance, while also making these systems easier to design and program. Dr. Mark Hill and Dr. David Wood lead the project.
The Vertical Research Group explores computer architecture, VLSI technology and semiconductor manufacturing processes with a vertically integrated approach. Changing technology constraints are leading to a scenario in which current techniques for building processors simply won't work. Emerging applications provide an opportunity to think in a fundamentally different way about how we build processors. We will explore techniques to build high-performance processors that can operate under future technology constraints of reliability and energy efficiency.