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Engineering School Attempts to Overcome 'memory Wall'

By Cavalier Daily

January 30, 2018

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The University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science has received $27.5 million to launch the Center for Research in Intelligent Storage and Processing in Memory (CRISP) to create integrated memory and processing systems, redesigning traditional hardware and software.

The researchers note current processing advancements progress at a greater speed than those for data memory and transfer, resulting in a so-called "memory wall," which has created a bottleneck, as processors mine data faster than it can be stored and delivered for analysis.

They want to tightly integrate the memory, processors, and physical storage.

Over the next five years, the CRISP team will test various hardware and software strategies in order to eliminate the barriers between memory and processing functions, dismantling the memory wall.

CRISP is part of the Joint University Microelectronics Program, a larger initiative led by the Semiconductor Research Consortium to examine critical microelectronics challenges.

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