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Welcome to the Acorn Research Group @ USC!

Our research spans three main categories, each covering aspects of applications, algorithms, compiler, architecture, VLSI, and silicon prototyping:

  • Domain-Specific Hardware Accelerators
  • Fundamental Abstractions for Agile Chip Development Methodologies
  • Tools and Frameworks for Agile Chip Development Methodologies

Our goal is to build performant and efficient domain-specific hardware accelerators and also to go a step further by designing them using new fundamental abstractions and agile tools and frameworks that make these systems more resilient to fast-paced changes in algorithms and applications.

Pushing our research through to a silicon prototype and chip tapeout is important to our research, so check out the chip gallery!

Also see our recent efforts towards silicon workforce education in the teaching section.

If you like the group, please consider joining us!