Current PhD Students
Cesar is a 3rd year PhD Candidate, research assistant in the Tufts Computer Architecture Lab, and a 2014 National GEM Consortium PhD Fellow. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Howard University in 2010, and his Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Drexel University in 2015. Cesar’s research interests lie in memory systems, specifically in the effective usage of cache hierarchies. Cesar researches replacement/insertion/promotion policies and prefetching techniques in last level caches, analyzes cache needs on a per workload basis, and studies workload properties in shared caching paradigms. Cesar has interned with IBM where he validated memory bus logic and researched dynamic command issue request rate modulation.
Alex completed the BS degree in Computer Engineering and MS degree in Electrical Engineering in 2016 and 2017, respectively, at Tufts. He is a 2nd-year, post-Quals PhD student, and his work is centered around emerging Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) technologies–such as Spin-Transfer Torque RAM (STTRAM) and Resistive RAM (ReRAM)–to assess their potential for adoption in SRAM-based last-level cache. personal website
Mike Liu, Drexel University (co-advised with Baris Taskin)
Vasil Pano, Drexel University (co-advised with Baris Taskin)
Karthik Sangaiah, Drexel University (co-advised with Baris Taskin)
Karthik “Paco” is a PhD candidate in Drexel Computer Engineering, whose research interests involve multi-disciplinary concepts such as computer architecture, high performance computing (HPC), communication networks on chip (NoC), and heterogeneous computing. Advised by Dr. Baris Taskin (Drexel VANDAL) and Dr. Mark Hempstead (Tufts Computer Architecture Lab), Paco’s research investigates network-on-a-chip designs as potential solutions to enable efficiently processing within large scale (100s to 1000s of cores) chip multiprocessors. The goal of the research is to develop cutting edge NoC designs that will cater to future exascale computing workloads used in industry and the research community. Paco received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014 and has been a Fellowships Ambassador since 2015. In addition to his research, Paco has been a mentor for ECE senior design groups, a teaching assistant for ECE courses including computer architecture, and the President of the Drexel IEEE Graduate (DIG) Forum. He also has interned at ARM Research where he investigated simulation techniques to efficiently model high performance computing platforms.