Sergi Abadal

Sergi Abadal
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | UPC · Department of Computer Architecture (DAC)

PhD in Computer Architecture

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Introduction
I'm Sergi Abadal, PostDoc researcher at UPC. My research interests are next-generation wireless communications, network-on-chip, and manycore computer architectures. I believe in co-design as the best way to optimize performance in scenarios like Network-on-Chip.
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January 2017 - June 2017
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Position
  • Managing Director
September 2011 - June 2016
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (142)
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Broadcast traditionally has been regarded as a prohibitive communication transaction in multiprocessor environments. Nowadays, such a constraint largely drives the design of architectures and algorithms all-pervasive in diverse computing domains, directly and indirectly leading to diminishing performance returns as the many-core era is approaching....
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Current trends in microprocessor architecture design are leading towards a dramatic increase of core-level parallelization, wherein a given number of independent processors or cores are interconnected. Since the main bottleneck is foreseen to migrate from computation to communication, efficient and scalable means of inter-core communication are cru...
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Networks-on-Chip (NoCs) are currently the paradigm of choice to interconnect the cores of a chip multiprocessor. For hundreds or thousands of cores, though, conventional NoCs may not suffice to fulfill the increasing on-chip communication requirements given that the performance of such networks actually drops as the number of cores grows, especiall...
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Networks-on-chip (NoCs) are emerging as the way to interconnect the processing cores and the memory within a chip multiprocessor. As recent years have seen a significant increase in the number of cores per chip, it is crucial to guarantee the scalability of NoCs in order to avoid communication to become the next performance bottleneck in multicore...
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Graphene is enabling a plethora of applications in a wide range of fields due to its unique electrical, mechanical, and optical properties. Among them, graphene-based plasmonic miniaturized antennas (or shortly named, graphennas) are garnering growing interest in the field of communications. In light of their reduced size, in the micrometric range,...
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In this paper, we examine the potential for a reconfigurable intelligent surface (RIS) to be powered by energy harvested from information signals. This feature might be key to reap the benefits of RIS technology's lower power consumption compared to active relays. We first identify the main RIS power-consuming components and then propose an energy...
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This paper introduces the concept of smart radio environments, currently intensely studied for wireless communication in metasurface‐programmable meter‐scaled environments (e.g., inside rooms), on the chip scale. Wireless networks‐on‐chips (WNoCs) are a candidate technology to improve inter‐core communication on chips but current proposals are plag...
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Graph Neural Networks (GNN) show great promise in problems dealing with graph-structured data. One of the unique points of GNNs is their flexibility to adapt to multiple problems, which not only leads to wide applicability, but also poses important challenges when finding the best model or acceleration technique for a particular problem. An example...
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Analog In-Memory Computing (AIMC) is emerging as a disruptive paradigm for heterogeneous computing, potentially delivering orders of magnitude better peak performance and efficiency over traditional digital signal processing architectures on Matrix-Vector multiplication. However, to sustain this throughput in real-world applications, AIMC tiles mus...
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In general, to draw robust conclusions from a dataset, all the analyzed population must be represented on said dataset. Having a dataset that does not fulfill this condition normally leads to selection bias. Additionally, graphs have been used to model a wide variety of problems. Although synthetic graphs can be used to augment available real graph...
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Hyperdimensional computing (HDC) is an emerging computing paradigm that represents, manipulates, and communicates data using very long random vectors (aka hypervectors). Among different hardware platforms capable of executing HDC algorithms, in-memory computing (IMC) systems have been recently proved to be one of the most energy-efficient options,...
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The NanoCoCoA 2021 special section covers important and influential topics targeting the enablement of a number of disruptive applications including in-body communication, software-defined metamaterials and metasurfaces, wireless robotic materials, and on-chip communication.. This encapsulates a broad range of expertise, ranging from nanoscale hard...
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The next generation of wireless networks is expected to tap into the terahertz (0.1--10 THz) band to satisfy the extreme latency and bandwidth density requirements of future applications. However, the development of systems in this band is challenging as THz waves confront severe spreading and penetration losses, as well as molecular absorption, wh...
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The 2nd ACM International Workshop on Nanoscale Computing, Communication, and Applications (ACM NanoCoCoA 2021) will be held in conjunction with the 19th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2021) on November 17, 2021. The twofold mission of this workshop is to increase the visibility of nanoscale computing, communication, ne...
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Programmable metasurfaces constitute an emerging paradigm, envisaged to become a key enabling technology for Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RIS) due to their powerful control over electromagnetic waves. The HyperSurface (HSF) paradigm takes one step further by embedding a network of customized integrated circuit (IC) controllers within the de...
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Digital metasurfaces have opened unprecedented ways to accomplish novel electromagnetic devices thanks to their simple manipulation of electromagnetic waves. However, the metasurfaces leveraging phase-only or amplitude-only modulation restricted the full-functionality control of the devices. Herein, a digital graphene-based metasurfaces engineering...
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We introduce the concept of smart radio environments, currently extensively studied for wireless communication in metasurface-programmable meter-scaled environments (e.g., inside rooms), on the chip scale. Wired intra-chip communication for information exchange between cores increasingly becomes a computation-speed-bottleneck for modern multi-core...
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In this work, we examine the potential of autonomous operation of a reconfigurable intelligent surface (RIS) using wireless energy harvesting from information signals. To this end, we first identify the main RIS power-consuming components and introduce a suitable power-consumption model. Subsequently, we introduce a novel RIS power-splitting archit...
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Software-Defined Metamaterials (SDMs) show a strong potential for advancing the engineered control of electromagnetic waves. As such, they are envisioned to enable a variety of exciting applications, among others in the domains of smart textiles, high-resolution structural monitoring, and sensing in challenging environments. Many of the application...
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Despite its tremendous potential, it is still unclear how quantum computing will scale to satisfy the requirements of its most powerful applications. Among other issues, there are hard limits to the number of qubits that can be integrated into a single chip. Multi-core architectures are a firm candidate for unlocking the scalability of quantum proc...
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Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface (RIS) composed of programmable actuators is a promising technology, thanks to its capability in manipulating Electromagnetic (EM) wavefronts. In particular, RISs have the potential to provide significant performance improvements for wireless networks. However, to do so, a proper configuration of the reflection coe...
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In this paper, we examine the potential for a reconfigurable intelligent surface (RIS) to be powered by energy harvested from information signals. This feature might be key to reap the benefits of RIS technology's lower power consumption compared to active relays. We first identify the main RIS power-consuming components and then propose an energy...
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As the current standardization for the 5G networks nears completion, work towards understanding the potential technologies for the 6G wireless networks is already underway. One of these potential technologies for the 6G networks is reconfigurable intelligent surfaces. They offer unprecedented degrees of freedom towards engineering the wireless chan...
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Graphene supports surface plasmon polaritons with comparatively slow propagation velocities in the THz region, which becomes increasingly interesting for future communication technologies. This ability can be used to realize compact antennas, which are up to two orders of magnitude smaller than their metallic counterparts. For a proper functionalit...
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Recent developments in nanotechnology herald nanometer-sized devices expected to bring light to a number of groundbreaking applications. Communication with and among nanodevices will be needed for unlocking the full potential of such applications. As the traditional communication approaches cannot be directly applied in nanocommunication, several a...
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Relational data present in real world graph representations demands for tools capable to study it accurately. In this regard Graph Neural Network (GNN) is a powerful tool, wherein various models for it have also been developed over the past decade. Recently, there has been a significant push towards creating accelerators that speed up the inference...
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Recently, Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) have received a lot of interest because of their success in learning representations from graph structured data. However, GNNs exhibit different compute and memory characteristics compared to traditional Deep Neural Networks (DNNs). Graph convolutions require feature aggregations from neighboring nodes (known...
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Nanoscale wireless networks are expected to revolutionize a variety of domains, with significant advances conceivable in in-body healthcare. In healthcare, these nanonetworks will consist of energy-harvesting nanodevices passively flowing through the bloodstream, taking actions at certain locations, and communicating results to more powerful Body A...
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Software-defined metamaterials (SDMs) represent a novel paradigm for real-time control of metamaterials. SDMs are envisioned to enable a variety of exciting applications in the domains such as smart textiles and sensing in challenging conditions. Many of these applications envisage deformations of the SDM structure (e.g., rolling, bending, stretchi...
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Metasurfaces, the two-dimensional counterpart of metamaterials, have caught great attention thanks to their powerful capabilities on manipulation of electromagnetic waves. Recent times have seen the emergence of a variety of metasurfaces exhibiting not only countless functionalities, but also a reconfigurable response. Additionally, digital or codi...
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Deep neural network (DNN) models continue to grow in size and complexity, demanding higher computational power to enable real-time inference. To efficiently deliver such computational demands, hardware accelerators are being developed and deployed across scales. This naturally requires an efficient scale-out mechanism for increasing compute density...
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Metasurfaces are envisaged to play a key role in next-generation wireless systems due to their powerful control over electromagnetic waves. The last decade has witnessed huge advances in this regard, shifting from static to programmable metasurfaces. The HyperSurface (HSF) paradigm takes one step further by integrating a network of controllers with...
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The main design principles in computer architecture have recently shifted from a monolithic scaling-driven approach to the development of heterogeneous architectures that tightly co-integrate multiple specialized processor and memory chiplets. In such data-hungry multi-chip architectures, current Networks-in-Package (NiPs) may not be enough to cate...
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Software-Defined Metamaterials (SDMs) show a strong potential for advancing the engineered control of electromagnetic waves. As such, they are envisioned to enable a variety of exciting applications, among others in the domains of smart textiles, high-resolution structural monitoring, and sensing in challenging environments. Many of the application...
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Despite remarkable advances, current augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) applications are a largely individual and local experience. Interconnected AR/VR, where participants can virtually interact across vast distances, remains a distant dream. The great barrier that stands between current technology and such applications is the stringent end-to-...
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Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) have exploded onto the machine learning scene in recent years owing to their capability to model and learn from graph-structured data. Such an ability has strong implications in a wide variety of fields whose data is inherently relational, for which conventional neural networks do not perform well. Indeed, as recent rev...
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Software-defined metamaterials (SDMs) represent a novel paradigm for real-time control of metamaterials. SDMs are envisioned to enable a variety of exciting applications in the domains such as smart textiles and sensing in challenging conditions. Many of these applications envisage deformations of the SDM structure (e.g., rolling, bending, stretchi...
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Being a very promising technology, with impressive advances in the recent years, it is still unclear how quantum computing will scale to satisfy the requirements of its most powerful applications. Although continued progress in the fabrication and control of qubits is required, quantum computing scalability will depend as well on a comprehensive ar...
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As the current standardization for the 5G networks nears completion, work towards understanding the potential technologies for the 6G wireless networks is already underway. One of these potential technologies for the 6G networks are Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RISs). They offer unprecedented degrees of freedom towards engineering the wirel...
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Metasurfaces, the ultrathin, 2D version of metamaterials, have recently attracted a surge of attention for their capability to manipulate electromagnetic waves. Recent advances in reconfigurable and programmable metasurfaces have greatly extended their scope and reach into practical applications. Such functional sheet materials can have enormous im...
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Hypersurface, a software defined metasurface (SDM) paradigm constitutes a revolutionary technology aiming at offering programmatic control over all aspects of a propagating wave, altering its direction, power, polarization and phase. In the absence of line of sight (LOS) between a transmitter and a receiver, HSF can provide seamless connectivity vi...
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Programmable metasurfaces have garnered significant attention as they confer unprecedented control over the electromagnetic (EM) response of any surface. Such feature has given rise to novel design paradigms such as Software-Defined Metamaterials (SDM) and Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RIS) with multiple groundbreaking applications. However,...
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Programmable metasurfaces have garnered significant attention as they confer unprecedented control over the electromagnetic response of any surface. Such feature has given rise to novel design paradigms such as Software-Defined Metamaterials (SDM) and Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RIS) with multiple groundbreaking applications. However, the...
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This Special Issue of the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems (JETCAS) is dedicated to novel contributions to the field of programmable metamaterials. Recent years have witnessed the emergence of this paradigm, whereby the electromagnetic response of the metamaterial can be encoded into a string of bits. This allows...
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Recent years have seen the emergence of programmable metasurfaces, where the user can modify the EM response of the device via software. Adding reconfigurability to the already powerful EM capabilities of metasurfaces opens the door to novel cyber-physical systems with exciting applications in domains such as holography, cloaking, or wireless commu...