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Colin Schmidt
Graduate Student at UC Berkeley


Colin Schmidt is a 7th year PhD student at UC Berkeley advised by Krste Asanovic.
His research focuses on data-parallel accelerators including their ISA design, VLSI implementation, and compiler toolchain support.
He has been involved with RISC-V since he started at Berkeley and has worked on developing non-standard RISC-V extensions including the Hwacha extension.
He has taped out several RISC-V based research testchips including Hurricane-1 and 2, focused on fine-grained dynamic voltage frequency scaling in a 28nm FDSOI process.
His most recent chip, EAGLE-X, is an 20 core 20 vector unit chip with three levels of cache hierarchy taking up 56mm^2 in 16nm.
Most recently he has been working on increasing re-use in physical design with a new tool from UC Berkeley, Hammer.
He is also working on researching possible future extensions to data-parallel ISAs including the RISC-V Vector extension.

Agenda Sessions

  • Chipyard and FireSim: End-to-End Architecture Exploration with RISC-V SoC Generators, FPGA-Accelerated Simulation and Agile Test Chips