Keynote by Prof. Onur Mutlu [Main Conference Room] (9:00+x-10:30, Aug. 29)

Title: Rethinking Memory System Design (for Data-Intensive Computing)


The memory system is a fundamental performance and energy bottleneck in almost all computing systems. Recent system design, application, and technology trends that require more capacity, bandwidth, efficiency, and predictability out of the memory system make it an even more important system bottleneck. At the same time, DRAM and flash technologies are experiencing difficult technology scaling challenges that make the maintenance and enhancement of their capacity, energy efficiency, performance, and reliability significantly more costly with conventional techniques. In fact, recent reliability issues with DRAM, such as the RowHammer problem, are already threatening system security and predictability. We are at the challenging intersection where issues in memory reliability and performance are tightly coupled with not only system cost and energy efficiency but also system security.

In this talk, we first discuss major challenges facing modern memory systems (and the computing platforms we currently design around the memory system) in the presence of greatly increasing demand for data and its fast analysis. We then examine some promising research and design directions to overcome these challenges. We will touch on several key topics: 1) novel issues in memory reliability and security and how to enable fundamentally secure, reliable, safe architectures, 2) reducing memory latency and energy consumption by tackling the fixed-latency/energy mindset, 3) enabling data-centric and hence fundamentally energy-efficient architectures that are capable of performing computation near data, 4) enabling emerging non-volatile memory (NVM) technologies via hybrid and persistent memory systems. If time permits, we will also discuss research challenges and opportunities in NAND flash memories.


Onur Mutlu is a Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich. He is also a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, where he previously held the William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Early Career Professorship. His current broader research interests are in computer architecture, hardware security, computing systems, and bioinformatics. He is especially interested in interactions across domains and between applications, system software, compilers, and microarchitecture, with a major current focus on memory and storage systems. A variety of techniques he, along with his group and collaborators, have invented over the years have influenced industry and have been employed in commercial microprocessors and memory/storage systems. He obtained his PhD and MS in ECE from the University of Texas at Austin and BS degrees in Computer Engineering and Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His industrial experience spans starting the Computer Architecture Group at Microsoft Research (2006-2009), and various product and research positions at Intel Corporation, Advanced Micro Devices, VMware, and Google. He received the inaugural IEEE Computer Society Young Computer Architect Award, the inaugural Intel Early Career Faculty Award, faculty partnership awards from various companies, a healthy number of best paper or "Top Pick" paper recognitions at various computer systems and architecture venues, and the ACM Fellow recognition "for contributions to computer architecture research, especially in memory systems." His computer architecture course lectures and materials are freely available on YouTube, and his research group makes software artifacts freely available online. For more information, please see his webpage at

Onur Mutlu

Keynote by Prof. Hideyuki Tokuda [Main Conference Room] (11:00-12:00, Aug. 30)

Title: Shaping the Future Society by IoT and AI ~ Evolution of ICT and its "light" and "shadow" ~


The evolution of IoT (Internet of Things) and AI is accelerating. Smart devices, sensors, and actuators create smart IoT devices and connected services in transportation, manufacturing, energy, environment, disaster prevention/mitigation, safety, healthcare and so on. In addition, various digital optimization and automation are deployed by visualization and analysis of big data collected by IoT. Many predictive apps are also initiated by AI.

While we are expanding these "connected merits", cyberattacks targeting familiar IoT devices are also rapidly increasing, and the "connected risks" are diversifying. Furthermore, the ethical, legal and social implications by introducing AI are concerned.

In this talk, we first introduce the research and development activities of NICT and various IoT and AI services in use. We then discuss the current status of cyberattacks targeting IoT devices and the capacity building of Cybersecurity specialists in Japan. We summarize with the issues in shaping future society with IoT and AI.


Hideyuki Tokuda is President of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and professor Emeritus of Keio University, Japan. He obtained his B.S. (1975), M.S. (1977) from Keio University and Ph.D. (Computer Science) (1983) from University of Waterloo, Canada, respectively.

After he completed Ph.D. in 1983, he joined School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University and worked on distributed real-time operating systems such as Real-Time Mach, the ARTS Kernel. In 1990, he came back to Keio University. His research and teaching interests include Ubiquitous Computing Systems, OS, Sensor Networks, IoT, Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Cities. He was a Professor of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies and Executive Vice President of Keio. He was also an advisor to NISC (National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity. Because of his research contribution, he was awarded Motorola Foundation Award, IBM Faculty Award, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication Award, KEIO-Gijyuku Award, IPSJ Achievement Award, KEIO-Fukuzawa Award, Information Security Cultural Award, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology Award in Japan.

He is a member of Science Council of Japan, IPSJ Fellow, JSSST (Japan Society for Software Science and Technology) Fellow, JST Special Appointment Fellow, JFES (Japan Federation of Engineering Societies) Fellow, a chairman of Smart IoT Acceleration Forum and a President of Connected Consumer Device Security Council and a member of ACM, IEEE, IPSJ, IEICE and JSSST.

Hideyuki Tokuda

Keynote by Prof. Fahim Kawsar [Main Conference Room] (15:00-16:00, Aug. 30)

Title: TBA

Abstract: TBA