Somewhere out there is a lucky and talented team of graduate students who will take home a $2000 prize at IMS2011, the annual conference and exhibition of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). Having been a graduate student struggling away on a stipend, I can recognize the appeal of this prize!
All IMS registered PhD and MS students are eligible to participate in this event. Student teams will compete by giving short presentations detailing their ideas to judges from industry and academia. The winning team for the Graduate Student Challenge will be announced on Thursday, June 9th, the last day of the conference.
Students interested in participating in this new competition are asked to attend a meet and greet on Tuesday, June 7th at 7:00 a.m. The two-person student teams must be from different universities; transnational teaming is encouraged. Each team is charged with developing new ideas and proposing novel applications consistent with their chosen theme. The selection criteria will be based on the originality, content, practicality and clarity of the presentations.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.