Designing, Prototyping, and Automating Next-Generation Hardware

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community



Austin Rovinski
Postdoc at Cornell University 


"Designing, Prototyping, and Automating Next-Generation Hardware"


For nearly five decades, Moore’s Law offered the promise of exponentially increasing computer performance. In Moore’s own words, however, “no exponential is forever”. The past decade has witnessed the stagnation of general-purpose computer performance and the consequential rise of specialized processors to succeed them. While specialized processors offer order-of-magnitude performance and energy efficiency improvements over their general-purpose counterparts, incorporating these processors into a modern system-on-chip (SoC) incurs a dramatic increase in the expertise, time, and effort to implement the system. In this talk, I will present my work on addressing these barriers to modern SoC design and implementation. Specifically, I will present my work on prototyping next-generation SoCs, creating an open-source design automation platform, and accelerating design automation algorithms.


Dr. Austin Rovinski is a Postdoc at Cornell University and advised by Prof. Christopher Batten. Before Cornell, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2022. Austin works at the intersection of computer architecture, VLSI design, and electronic design automation (EDA). His research focuses on designing architectures, chips, and platforms for large scale, post-Moore systems-on-chip (SoCs). He is a founding member of the open-source EDA project OpenROAD and has published at top conferences including ASPLOS, VLSI, and ICCAD. Austin is a recipient of the Dwight F. Benton Fellowship and a Michigan EECS Outstanding Research Award.