Systems Seminar

EPFL IC Systems Seminar

DataFlow SuperComputing


This presentation analyses the essence of DataFlow SuperComputing, defines its advantages and sheds light on the related programming model. DataFlow computers, compared to ControlFlow computers, offer speedups of 20 to 200 (even 2000 for some applications), power reductions of about 20, and size reductions of also about 20. However, the programming paradigm is different, and has to be mastered. The talk explains the paradigm, using Maxeler as an example and sheds light on the ongoing research in the field. Examples include GeoPhysics, CivilEngineering, DataMining, etc. Emphasis is on research done at the University of Belgrade.


Prof. Veljko Milutinovic received his PhD from the University of Belgrade, spent about a decade on various faculty positions in USA (mostly at Purdue University), and was a codesigner of the DARPAs first GaAs RISC microprocessor. Now he teaches and conducts research at the University of Belgrade, mostly in dataflow computing, with stress on simulations and mappings of algorithms. He has about 2400 Google Scholar citations.