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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-22, 2013

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Automata Processor: A New Accelerator for High Performance Computing

SESSION: Emerging Technologies

EVENT TYPE: Emerging Technologies

TIME: 10:00AM - 5:30PM

ROOM:Booth 3547

For the past seven years, Micron has been developing a hardware co-processor technology that can directly implement large-scale Non-deterministic Finite Automata (NFA) for efficient parallel execution. This new non-Von Neumann processor, currently in fabrication, borrows from the architecture of memory systems to achieve massive data parallelism. The purpose of this submission is to present and fully describe this technology for the first time, and showcase its applications through talks and demonstrations. Automata processing is a novel approach to parallel processing enabling a new programming paradigm and fresh approach to many standard algorithms. The reconfigurable processor can be programmed with NFAs consisting of thousands of paths which are evaluated simultaneously, or thousands of independent, smaller automata. A new parallel hardware configuration language and other software tools for automata processing will be exhibited. On-going work in the development of automata processor-based algorithms and applications in bioinformatics and other areas will be demonstrated.

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