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About the group

abstract is the research group of Asst. Prof. Brandon Lucia in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Our group does research at the intersection of computer architecture, computer systems, and programming languages. Our research focuses on improving the programmability, reliability, and efficiency of computing devices and systems. Our work cuts across the layers of the system stack, from the microarchitecture to the application, often touching on everything in between.


Our group does computer systems research spanning architecture, software systems, and programming languages. We are currently focused on intermittent computing, and reliable efficient parallel computing especially in emerging edge systems.
We release code and documentation on Github. Here is another full publication list

Defining the Intermittent System Stack

Our work is defining the software and hardware system stack for intermittent computing devices that harvest energy from their environment. We build real systems for use on Earth and far beyond.


Adaptive Dynamic Checkpointing for Safe Efficient Intermittent Computing
Kiwan Maeng and Brandon Lucia
OSDI 2018 [paper][slides]

Migratory Trash Clouds
Emily Ruppel, Alexei Colin, and Brandon Lucia
ASPLOS "Wild and Crazy Ideas" 2018 [paper][slides]

Intermittent Deep Neural Network Inference
Graham Gobieski, Nathan Beckmann, and Brandon Lucia
SysML 2018 [paper]

Termination Checking and Task Decomposition for Task-Based Intermittent Programs
Alexei Colin, Brandon Lucia
CC 2018 [paper]

A Reconfigurable Energy Storage Architecture for Energy-harvesting Devices
Alexei Colin, Emily Ruppel, Brandon Lucia
ASPLOS 2018 Best Paper Award [paper]

Alpaca: Intermittent Execution without Checkpoints
Kiwan Maeng, Alexei Colin, Brandon Lucia
OOPSLA 2017 [paper]

An Energy-Aware Debugger for Intermittently Powered Systems
Alexei Colin, Graham Harvey, Alanson Sample, Brandon Lucia
IEEE MICRO, 2017 vol. 37 - Top Picks in Computer Architecture [paper]

Intermittent Computing: Challenges and Opportunities
Brandon Lucia, Vignesh Balaji, Alexei Colin, Kiwan Maeng, and Emily Ruppel
SNAPL 2017 [paper] [press:AXIOS]

Chain: Tasks and Channels for Reliable Intermittent Programs
Alexei Colin, Brandon Lucia
OOPSLA 2016 [paper] [ press:UPI, phys.org, Energy Daily, TechDotMatrix, The Green Optimistic ]

An Energy-interference-free Hardware/Software Debugger for Intermittent Energy-harvesting Systems
Alexei Colin, Graham Harvey, Brandon Lucia, Alanson Sample
ASPLOS 2016 [paper][slides][Github release][press: Eurekalert, phys.org, Wireless Design Mag, Weekly Hot News]
Selected as an IEEE Micro Top Picks 2016 Paper

A Simpler, Safer Programming and Execution Model for Intermittent Systems
Brandon Lucia and Benjamin Ransford
PLDI 2015[paper][Try DINO!][video abstract]

Cleancut: Static Task Boundary Placement for Intermittent Programs[paper]Alexei Colin, Preeti Murthy, Brandon Lucia HLPC 2016 (co-located w/ ASPLOS 2016)

Energy-interference-free System and Toolchain Support for Energy-harvesting Devices[paper] Alexei Colin, Alanson Sample, Brandon Lucia CASES 2015 (short paper)

Reliable, Efficient Parallel Computing

We are developing system software and hardware architectures that make concurrent and parallel computer systems reliable and efficient. We research new parallel computer systems and architectures that make programming easier, that make important applications faster (especially graph computations), and that fill the emerging need for processing at the edge.


When is Graph Reordering an Optimization?
Studying the effect of lightweight graph reordering across applications and input graphs
Vignesh Balaji and Brandon Lucia
IISWC 2018 Best Paper Award[preprint][slides]

SOFRITAS: Serializable Ordering-Free Regions for Increasing Thread Atomicity Scalably
Christian Delozier, Ariel Eizenberg, Brandon Lucia, Joseph Devietti
ASPLOS 2018 [paper]

Flexible Support for Fast Parallel Commutative Updates Vignesh Balaji, Dhruva Tirumala, Brandon Lucia ArXiv

An Architecture and Programming Model for Accelerating Parallel Commutative Computations via Privatization Vignesh Balaji, Dhruva Tirumala, Brandon Lucia PPoPP 2017 (Short Paper)

Overcoming the Data-flow Limit on Parallelism with Structural Approximation Vignesh Balaji, Brandon Lucia, and Radu Marculescu WAX 2016 (co-located with ASPLOS 2016)

Production-guided Concurrency Debugging Nuno Machado (IST), Brandon Lucia, Luis Rodrigues (IST) PPoPP 2016

Valor: Efficient, Software-Only Region Conflict Exceptions Swarnendu Biswas (OSU), Minjia Zhang (OSU), Michael D. Bond (OSU), Brandon Lucia OOPSLA 2015, OOPSLA'15 Distinguished Paper Award, OOPSLA'15 Distinguished Artifact Award

Concurrency Debugging with Differential Schedule Projections Nuno Machado (IST), Luis Rodrigues (IST), Brandon Lucia PLDI 2015

Systems Should Automatically Specialize Code and Data Brandon Lucia and Todd Mytkowicz (MSR) Approx 2014


Our group thrives because of the cooperation of a really awesome group of collaborators, PhDs, Masters, Undergraduate, and High School Students.

Lab goes to ISCA 2017 in Toronto (via Niagara Falls)


Brandon Lucia

PhD Students

Vignesh Balaji

Emily Ruppel
Kiwan Maeng
Graham Gobieski

co-advised w/
Nathan Beckmann
Milijana Surbatovich

co-advised w/
Limin Jia

Graduated PhD Students

Alexei Colin now a Researcher at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California

Current and Former Masters and Undergraduate Students

Suyash Bhatt
Dhruva Tirumala
Preeti Murthy
Akshay Kulkarni
Akansha Patel
Amanda Marano
Neil Ryan
Devon White
Chris Meredith
Zesheng Li
Ridhi Surana
Naveen Setlur
Junhong Li
Mark McElwaine
Graham Harvey (Now an Imagineer @ Disney) [Spring 2015]

High School Interns

Our lab has an ongoing internship program with City Charter High School in downtown Pittsburgh. We accept high school interns nearing high school graduation to give them experience doing computer systems research

Hemank Kohli (CMU APEA program) [Summer 2018]

Beth Ann Kushner (Junior at City Charter High School) [Spring 2017]

Jessie Foley (Junior at City Charter High School) [Summer 2016]

Savi Medlang (now a student at Case Western) [Summer 2015]

External Collaborators

Alanson Sample (Disney Research Pittsburgh)
Joe Devietti (University of Pennsylvania)
Mike Bond (The Ohio State University)
Adrian Sampson (Cornell University)
Mike Carbin (MIT)

Funding and Support

The work in our group is possible through extremely generous from industry and government.