The trend in computing is towards the use of reconfigurable hardware like Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) to improve performance at reduced costs. An indication of this is the adoption of FPGAs for data centre and server application acceleration by notable technological giants like Microsoft, Amazon, and Baidu. FPGAs are becoming widely adopted because they combine the concurrency of ASICs and the flexibility of CPUs, thus allowing for application update without a wholesale system upgrade. This reduces system downtime and minimizes cost. This is all the more important where frequent application changes are anticipated. For instance, Microsoft can easily reprogramme the FPGAs hosting their AI search algorithm to accommodate changes in search behaviours.
From the foregoing, it is clear that the reconfigurable hardware is becoming an important player in the computing landscape. In this group, our research effort is focused on exploiting the capabilities offered by modern reconfigurable hardware (mostly FPGAs) to develop algorithms, applications, and systems that are not only high-performant but also robust and highly dependable. We pay a close attention to the continued functioning of electronic circuits in extreme environments of radiations, temperatures, electric field, magnetic field and so on.
If you are interested in a research degree, please explore this subgroup website. Find also a list of our current research degree subjects. covering areas including those from other subgroups in the EWireless Research Group. The list is not exhaustive and merely reflects some selected topics. If you have a specific topic you are interested in then please do contact us. If you have any queries and/or are interested in working with us, please contact group leader Prof. Tughrul Arslan.