Google Faculty Research Award for SAFARI!

The Google Faculty Research Awards for 2018 were recently announced, and our group received an award in the Mobile category!  The Google Faculty Research Awards Program supports world-class, permanent faculty pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest.  The award is highly competitive – only 15% of applicants receive funding after a rigorous Google-wide review process.  Congratulations to Onur Mutlu and the SAFARI Research Group!

Keynote talk at AACBB

Onur Mutlu gave the keynote talk on “Accelerating Genome Analysis: A Primer on an Ongoing Journey” at the AACBB workshop on Friday Feb 16, held jointly with HPCA 2019.  His talk is now online: Slides (pptx).

Onur Mutlu“Accelerating Genome Analysis: A Primer on an Ongoing Journey” Keynote talk at 2nd Workshop on Accelerator Architecture in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (AACBB), Washington, DC, USA, February 2019.

Endowed Lecture Series talks at University of Texas at Austin now online

Onur Mutlu was the distinguished speaker in the Endowed Lectureship Series at the University of Texas at Austin ECE Department where he gave three public talks on “Memory Systems and Memory-Centric Computing Systems: Challenges and Opportunities” on Jan 29,31 and Feb 1 2019.  The talks are now available:

Lecture 1: Memory Trends and Memory Reliability & Security [Slides (pptx)] [Video]
Lecture 2: Computation in Memory  [Slides (pptx)] [Video]
Lecture 3: Low-Latency Memory  [Slides (pptx)]
Lectures 1-3 combined  [Slides (pptx)]

He also gave the ECE Colloquium on 30 January 2019 on “Future Computing Architectures: Challenges and Opportunities”  [Slides (pptx)]

Our new “D-RaNGe” paper is now online

Our new paper “D-RaNGe: Using Commodity DRAM Devices to Generate True Random Numbers with Low Latency and High Throughput,” presented by Jeremie Kim at HPCA 2019, is now online.

Jeremie S. Kim, Minesh Patel, Hasan Hassan, Lois Orosa, and Onur Mutlu, “D-RaNGe: Using Commodity DRAM Devices to Generate True Random Numbers with Low Latency and High Throughput”, Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), Washington, DC, USA, February 2019.

Paper PDF:


RowHammer paper selected as IEEE TCAD Top Pick

Our RowHammer paper at ISCA 2014 was selected as an IEEE TCAD Top Pick in Hardware and Embedded Systems Security. It was one of the 7 papers selected after a rigorous three-step review process that invited and considered papers published between 2012-2017 in this area. You can see the short-listed candidates that were presented here:


Congratulations to the authors and the entire group, especially Jeremie Kim, who is a co-author of the paper.


Yoongu Kim, Ross Daly, Jeremie Kim, Chris Fallin, Ji Hye Lee, Donghyuk Lee, Chris Wilkerson, Konrad Lai, and Onur Mutlu“Flipping Bits in Memory Without Accessing Them: An Experimental Study of DRAM Disturbance Errors”, Proceedings of the 41st International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), 2014.

Mohammed Alser wins IEEE Turkey PhD Dissertation Award

Mohammed Alser’s PhD thesis was one of the very few selected to win the IEEE Turkey PhD Dissertation Award. This is a selective honor based on a competition between 100+ PhD theses written in Turkey in the last two years. Congratulations, Mohammed!


Mohammed’s PhD thesis is entitled “Accelerating the Understanding of Life’s Code Through Better Algorithms and Hardware Design”. A recent publication based on his thesis is Gatekeeper, a system that can accelerate DNA read mapping by an order of magnitude. You can read about it here:

Mohammed Alser, Hasan Hassan, Hongyi Xin, Oguz Ergin, Onur Mutlu, and Can Alkan
“GateKeeper: A New Hardware Architecture for Accelerating Pre-Alignment in DNA Short Read Mapping”
Bioinformatics, [published online, May 31], 2017.
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[Online link at Bioinformatics Journal]

Professor Onur Mutlu elected an IEEE Fellow

We are proud to announce that Professor Onur Mutlu has been elected as an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to computer architecture research and practice.  The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.  The IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

Read more:

ETH Zurich Portraits
ETH Department of Computer Science News
Onur Mutlu’s Homepage

Professor Onur Mutlu elected Member of Academia Europaea

Professor Onur Mutlu has been elected a Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), “for outstanding achievements as a researcher”, 2018.  Membership to the Academia Europaea is by invitation, after a stringent peer group nomination, and  confirmed by the Council of the Academia.   Among the current membership, there are seventy-two Nobel Laureates, several of whom were elected to the Academia before they received the prize.  This is a prestigious honor and we congratulate Professor Mutlu.