Sorin wins NSF CAREER award

Assistant Professor Daniel J. Sorin of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering has won a National Science Foundation CAREER award of $400,000 over the next 5 years to develop new approaches to reliable computer architecture design.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is the federal agency’s most prestigious award for early career teacher-scholars and supports integration of research and education. Sorin’s project is called: "CAREER: Improving Multiprocessor Availability with Dynamic Verification and Autonomic
Operation".

Sorin and his team are designing computer hardware that can check itself as it is running. If the computer detects an error, it can recover to a pre-fault state. If a fault is deemed to be permanent, the hardware can reconfigure itself to avoid further use of the faulty component. Sorin also will develop a new course on computer system evaluation and revamp courses in fault tolerant computing and multiprocessor computer architecture to educate students in the design and evaluation of reliable computer architectures.

Sorin received his B.S.E. from Duke in 1996 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He joined Duke as an assistant professor in 2002. His research interests include reliable computer architecture, memory system design, verification of memory consistency models, performance analysis, and architectures for emerging technologies.