Tony Nowatzki, assistant professor of computer science in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study the foundations of microarchitecture, which is the electrical circuitry of a computer, central processing unit or digital signal processor.

With the $37,000 grant, Nowatzki and his team will study how to sustain exponential single-thread performance growth in microarchitecture. Specifically, they will develop a multicore chip that will transform programs to use accelerators specifically tuned to certain programs. Their goal is to manipulate microprocessor designs in different ways to sustain performance.

Nowatzki’s research interests include microarchitecture, hardware and software interfaces and compilers.