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Stanford University Professor Receives ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award


Horowitz is the Yahoo! Founders Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His current interests include applying electrical engineering and computer science analysis methods to problems in neuro and m

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ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today announced that Mark Horowitz, a professor at Stanford University, is the recipient of the ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award for contributions to microprocessor memory systems.

Horowitz was the first to identify the processor to dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) interface as a key bottleneck that required architecture and circuit optimization. He pioneered high-bandwidth DRAM interfaces. In addition, modern DRAM interfaces such as SDDR and LPDDR were strongly influenced by his techniques.

In the 1990s, Horowitz also was a major contributor to the DASH and FLASH projects, which explored scalable methods for implementing cache coherency using directories rather than snooping protocols. Today almost all cache-coherent multiprocessors rely on such directory mechanisms either within or across multicores.

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