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AHA Retreat - August 2021

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Dates and Venue:

August 25 - 26, 2021
Oceano Half Moon Bay Harbor [directions]
The Gate House

Safety Protocols:

  • All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or negative-tested within 72 hours of arrival.
  • All attendees will be required to wear face coverings in indoor spaces, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Meals and breakout sessions are scheduled to be held outdoor.


Wednesday, August 25

*Meeting location: The Gate House (independent building next to the main hotel)

3:00-Hotel check-in 


Mark Horowitz
4:15-5:00Keynote Talk (online):
Reflections on 4 generations of Google TPUs
David Patterson
Distinguished Engineer, Google
Pardee Professor of Computer Science,
Emeritus, UC Berkeley
Lightning Talks (13.76 MB)


AHA Students
5:30-6:30Poster Session (outdoor)AHA Students
6:30-8:00Dinner (outdoor) 
8:00-Group Activity (outdoor) 

Thursday, August 26

*Meeting location: The Gate House (independent building next to the main hotel)

7:30-Breakfast (outdoor) 
Day2 Introduction (409.69 KB)


Priyanka Raina
9:10-9:40SoC: Architecture, Design, and EvaluationAlex Carsello
9:40-10:10 Jack Melchert
10:30-10:45 Priyanka Raina


Clark Barrett

Breakout Sessions (outdoor):
How to Democratize Hardware/Software Design 

  • Which mechanism: Chiplet, opensource hardware, generators…
  • Design tool opportunities in the new age
  • How does validation change / or how should design change to
    make validation easier in this world
11:45-12:10Breakout Session ReportsAll
12:10-1:30Lunch (outdoor) 


Lenny Truong


Fred Kjolstad

Breakout Sessions (outdoor):
AHA Research Agenda Feedback

  • DSE feedback
  • Virtualization feedback
  • Smart component feedback
  • Sparse application acceleration feedback
3:45-4:10Breakout Session ReportsAll
4:10-4:40Closing Thoughts & AHA's Research IntentionsMark Horowitz