Rogues Gallery

Meet The Rogues

 

What is the Rogues Gallery?

The Rogues Gallery is a new concept focused on developing our understanding of next-generation hardware with a focus on unorthodox and uncommon technologies.  This project, initiated by Georgia Tech's Center for Research into Novel Computing Hierarchies (CRNCH), will acquire new and unique hardware (ie, the aforementioned "rogues") from vendors, research labs, and startups and make this hardware available to students, faculty, and industry collaborators within a managed data center environment. By exposing students and researchers to this set of unique hardware, we hope to foster cross-cutting discussions about hardware designs that will drive future performance improvements in computing long after the Moore's Law era of "cheap transistors" ends.  

To see what hardware the Rogues Gallery currently includes, please click here. For more information on the initial Rogues Gallery vision, please see our presentation at the 2017 CRNCH Summit here.

Who is it for?

The Rogues Gallery is focused on developing our understanding of next-generation hardware with a focus on unorthodox and uncommon technologies.  This project, initiated by Georgia Tech’s Center for Research into Novel Computing Hierarchies (CRNCH), acquires new and unique hardware from vendors, research labs, and startups.  We make this hardware available to students, faculty, and industry collaborators within a managed data center environment. By exposing students and researchers to this set of unique hardware, we foster cross-cutting discussions about hardware designs that will drive future performance improvements in computing long after the Moore’s Law era of “cheap transistors” ends.

What are the goals of the Rogues Gallery?

The Rogues Gallery is meant as a testbed for unorthodox hardware that might otherwise exist only as first-generation startup or research lab prototypes. The primary goal of the Rogues Gallery is to make unique hardware available to a wide audience of researchers and developers as soon as it is publicly available for beta testing, application development, and benchmarking. The Rogues Gallery makes cutting-edge hardware available to a wide variety of researchers and application developers. Examples of such cutting-edge hardware include new memory devices, such as Intel’s 3D XPoint, accelerators such as the NVLink-based Volta GPU, novel architectures with unique execution, such as EMU Technology’s Chick, programmable network devices, such as Mellanox’s ConnectX-4 NICs, neuromorphic architectures, and prototypes such as IBM’s TrueNorth and Intel’s Loihi neuromorphic chips.

The Rogues Gallery provides a coherent, managed environment for exposing new hardware and supporting software and tools to students, researchers, and collaborators. This environment allows users to perform critical architecture, systems, and HPC research, and enables them to train with new technologies so they can be more competitive in today’s rapidly changing job market. As part of this goal, CRNCH and Georgia Tech are committed to partnering to with vendors to define a flexible access management model that allows for a functional and distinctive research experience for both Georgia Tech and external users, while protecting sensitive IP and technologies.

How to get involved

If you are a researcher interested in using the Rogues Gallery, please see the link above  (Meet the Rogues) to determine which resources are available and to request access. If you are a vendor or company interested in partnering with us on hardware, software, or tools for the Rogues Gallery, please send email to crnch@cc.gatech.edu.