2021 NSF Workshop
on Processing-In-Memory Technology

March 17-18, 2021, Virtual Workshop
Thank you so much for your contribution to the NSF PIMT workshop! The workshop has achieved a great success with all your contributions. The workshop video recordings have been released to online workshop participants with speakers’ release permissions. The pilot talks are open to public on our YouTube channel.

Workshop Introduction

The Workshop on Processing-In-Memory (PIM) Technology (PIMT) will provide a forum for leading experts in the relevant research thrusts of Processing-In-Memory (PIM) technology, specifically devices and circuits, architecture, systems, and applications. This will enable researchers to brainstorm the latest research progress and discuss their visions of the critical challenges that need to be addressed in the near future.

We hope PIMT can help the community better understand these grand challenges rather than incremental changes. This free flow of information exchange will enable us to form a stronger synergy among various themes and propose transformative ideas to achieve significant progress in the next decade.

The workshop will produce no proceedings, but it will produce some publicly accessible videos on the presentations and a final report to summarize the important outcomes from the workshop for the community to review and refer to.

Workshop Thrusts

PIM Devices and Circuits: Devices and Circuits serve as the foundation of the PIM technology. By exploring novel devices and circuits designs for memory units and peripheral components, the workshop will identify the key technology challenges and effective solutions to unleash the huge potential of PIM technology.

PIM Architecture: PIM is one approach to overcoming the conventional von-Neumann bottleneck, which is a limitation on throughput caused by the latency inherent in the standard computer architecture. This workshop will provide grand insights into the architecture revolution with PIM technology.

PIM Systems: The workshop will also address dedicated PIM system analysis, design, and implementation issues. Specifically, the workshop will investigate new compilers, programming models, system architectures, etc.

PIM Applications: New application design and optimization opportunities will be investigated with PIM technology (e.g., artificial intelligence, internet of things, etc.). Through sighted talks and interdisciplinary discussions, the workshop will synthesis the vision for the PIM application trend for the near future.

For each thrust, one of our senior committees will serve as the workshop leader.

Workshop Organization

Online Pilot Talks

During the past months, the academic communication and technique exchange is highly disturbed due to the COVID-19. To boost the community vitality and improve the workshop quality, the workshop committees will hold pilot talks online to the public. Experts from relevant research thrusts will be invited to share their opinion online.

During the six months before the workshop, 6 pilot talks will be given online. Please subscribe to our email notification and we will send you the pilot talk information on time.

Online Workshop

Taking into consideration the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic, the Organizing Committees decided to host PIMT workshop online on Mar. 17 and 18. The workshop is mainly structured as Invited Talks, Expert Panels, and Group Discussions.

Specifically, the workshop will be divided into four above-mentioned thrust areas led by four leading experts. The thrust leaders will invite speakers and panelists to present their views on the grand challenges in each thrust area and the various potential ways to tackle them. For each thrust, the workshop will organize dedicated discussion sessions for all the attendees to brainstorm the latest research progress and discuss their visions of the critical challenges that need to be addressed in the near future.

Call for Participation

The online workshop is not open to the public. Despite invited speakers and panelists, all other participants are required to apply through the online application system with a white paper.

The approved applicants are expected to participate in the online workshop via Zoom. Besides participating as audiences in the invited talks and expert panels, selected applicants will be invited to present a lightning talk during the round table session.

Through this workshop, the audiences are expected to learn about the latest research progress and to discuss their vision of the critical challenges that need to be addressed in the near future.

For more details regarding selection criterion, and work reporting, please refer to the dedicated webpage.

Partnering Institution

National Science Foundation, VA, USA

University of Notre Dame, IN, USA

Washington State University, WA, USA

Duke University, NC, USA

Technical University of Munich, Bavaria, Germany

George Mason University, VA, USA