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Thread | Argonne National Laboratory

Threadwork is an innovative co-design approach that seeks to transform the process by which we conduct microelectronics research. We interpret co-design as a way to frame new opportunities in device-oriented materials R&D which can change the paradigm of microelectronics applied to computer architectures and a set of related applications.

Threadwork focuses on a co-design approach that encompasses neuromorphic computing, systems architecture, and data-centric applications. One class of applications that can benefit from an innovative co-design approach is the set of large detectors on future high-energy physics (HEP) and nuclear physics (PN) experiments, to which some of the most complex large-scale engineering devices in the world belong.

Threadwork addresses the AI needs for the HEP and PN detectors via a systemic approach consisting of focusing on the AI chip-to-chip technologies and interconnections. In particular, Threadwork is organized around an innovative approach to the co-design of neuromorphic devices and terahertz interconnects coupled with HEP and PN detectors via a simulation framework. Our approach involves all-to-all relationships – very different from the current status quo, which involves relationships only between adjacent layers.

With regard to microelectronics BRNThreadwork focuses on:

  • Return the current paradigm (PRD 1), emphasizing the development of global relationships between elements of abstraction
  • Revolutionize memory and data storage (PRD2), with a focus on neuromorphic devices
  • Reinvent the flow of information without the constraints of interconnections (PRD3), with a focus on chip-to-chip interconnect

This project is funded by DOE ASCR and BESas part of the Microelectronics Program.