Penn State partners on $50.5M computing center

January 10, 2023

By Mariah R. Lucas

Editor’s note: This information in this article was originally reported by the University of California San Diego.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State is partnering with nine other universities to establish the Processing with Intelligent Storage and Memory center (PRISM), led by the University of California San Diego (UCSD). The center is partially funded by a $35 million grant from the Semiconductor Research Corporation's Joint University Microelectronics Program 2.0 (JUMP 2.0).

The JUMP 2.0 initiative also established the Penn State-led Center for Heterogeneous Integration of Micro Electronic Systems (CHIMES) with a $32.7 million grant. PRISM and CHIMES are two of seven centers funded through the JUMP 2.0 initiative with the aim of improving performance, efficiency and capabilities of electronic systems for emerging commercial and defense applications. 

Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, the Penn State College of Engineering’s associate dean for innovation and the A. Robert Noll Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering, will co-lead one of PRISM’s four research themes. The theme, “grand challenge applications,” will include establishing secure computing systems related to drug development and discovery and speeding up and improving the accuracy of the analysis of data from a variety of sources. 

PRISM’s three additional research themes include novel memory and storage devices and circuits, next generation architectures, and systems and software.

In addition to UCSD and Penn State, partnering institutions in PRISM include Stanford University; Georgia Tech; the University of California at Los Angeles, Berkeley and Irvine; the University of Wisconsin Madison; the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; the University of Texas at Austin; and the University of Virginia.


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