Yakun Sophia Shao

 
 

Ph.D. Candidate

Computer Science

Harvard University

[CV]


shao [at] eecs [.] harvard [.] edu


Maxwell-Dworkin Lab,

Room 307, Brooks Group

33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

MA, 02138

 

About me


I am a 6-th year PhD student in the Harvard Architecture, Circuits, and Compilers Group at Harvard University. I am working with Professor David Brooks and Professor Gu-Yeon Wei on design and modeling of specialized architectures.


I am also working on the RoboBees Project, Brain team. We are building accelerator-based system to perform common bee workloads efficiently.


Awards and Honors

  • IBM Ph.D. Fellowship, 2015-2016

  • Paper selected as one of the Top Picks in Computer Architecture in 2014

  • Siebel Scholar, Class of 2015 - awarded annually for academic excellence and demonstrated leadership to 85 top students from the world's leading graduate schools

  • Best in Session Award, SRC TECHCON, 2014

  • Invited Participant at the Rising Stars in EECS Workshop, 2014


Software

Publications


Toward Cache-Friendly Hardware Accelerators,

Yakun Sophia Shao, Sam Xi, Viji Srinivasan, Gu-Yeon Wei and David Brooks

HPCA Sensors and Cloud Architectures Workshop (SCAW), Feb 2015.

[PDF] [slides] [bibtex]


MachSuite: Benchmarks for Accelerator Design and Customized Architectures,

Brandon Reagen, Bob Adolf, Yakun Sophia Shao, Gu-Yeon Wei and David Brooks

International Symposium on Workload Characterization (IISWC), Oct 2014.

[PDF] [bibtex] [Download MachSuite]


Aladdin: A Pre-RTL, Power-Performance Accelerator Simulator Enabling Large Design Space Exploration of Customized Architectures,

Yakun Sophia Shao, Brandon Reagen, Gu-Yeon Wei and David Brooks

International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), June 2014.
Selected as one of the Top Picks in Computer Architecture in 2014.

[PDF] [slides] [bibtex] [Download Aladdin]


Energy Characterization and Instruction-Level Energy Model of Intel's Xeon Phi Processor,

Yakun Sophia Shao and David Brooks

International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED), Sept 2013.

[PDF] [bibtex]


Quantifying Acceleration: Power/Performance Trade-Offs of Application Kernels in Hardware,

Brandon Reagen, Yakun Sophia Shao, Gu-Yeon Wei and David Brooks

International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED), Sept 2013.

[PDF] [bibtex]


ISA-Independent Workload Characterization and its Implications for Specialized Architectures,

Yakun Sophia Shao and David Brooks

International Symposium on Performance Analysis of Systems and Software (ISPASS), April 2013.

[PDF] [slides] [bibtex] [Download WIICA]


Power, Performance and Portability: System Design Considerations for Micro Air Vehicle Applications,

Yakun Sophia Shao, Judson Porter, Michael Lyons, Gu-Yeon Wei and David Brooks

Advanced Computer Architecture and Compilation for Embedded Systems (ACACES), July 2010.

[PDF] [bibtex]



Professional Experience


Research Intern, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Yorktown Heights, NY July 2014 - Sept 2014

Research Intern, Intel Labs

Santa Clara, CA June 2012 - Sept 2012



Teaching Experience


CS247r Advanced Topics in Computer Architecture, Fall 2013, Teaching Fellow
CS246 Advanced Computer Architecture, Spring 2013, Teaching Fellow
CS141 Computer Hardware, Fall 2011, Teaching Fellow



Tutorials


Rapid Exploration of Accelerator-rich Architectures: Automation from Concept to Prototyping,

Yakun Sophia Shao with David Brooks, Yu-Ting Chen, Jason Cong, Zhenman Fang, Brandon Reagen, Glenn Reinman, Gu-Yeon Wei and Sam Xi

International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), June 2015.


Research Infrastructures for Accelerator-centric Architectures,

Yakun Sophia Shao with David Brooks, Mark Hempstead, Mike Lui, Parnian Mokri, Siddharth Nilakantan, Brandon Reagen and Gu-Yeon Wei

International Symposium on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), Feb 2015.


Research Infrastructures for Accelerator-centric Architectures,

Yakun Sophia Shao with David Brooks, Brandon Reagen, Kevin Skadron, Liang Wang and Gu-Yeon Wei

International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), June 2014.



Presentations


The Aladdin Approach to Accelerator Design and Modeling,

Yakun Sophia Shao

SRC TECHCON 2014, Sept 2014.


Towards Architectures for the Next Decade: Modeling and Design of Hardware Accelerators,

Yakun Sophia Shao

Center for Future Architectures Resesarch (C-FAR) 2014 E-Workshop Series, March 2014.


Accelerator-based RoboBee Brain Architecture,

Judson Porter, Yakun Sophia Shao and Michael Lyons

RoboBees Symposium, October 2010.








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