Mr. Wassapon Watanakeesuntorn from NAIST visited our lab

Wassapon Watanakeesuntorn, a Ph.D. student from the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Nara, Japan, visited our laboratory. While his stay at our laboratory from September 6 to 16, he interacted with students and also gave a talk about his Ph.D. research.
He told us that he enjoyed visiting several tourist spots around Sendai over the weekend. Below is a photo of grilled beef tongue, one of the specialities of Sendai, taken by Wassapon.

We held the launch of the first semester

Hello. I am Yanai, a B3 student who has been a member of Takizawa Laboratory since spring.

The other day, we had our first semester launch!
We could have held it offline, but due to the re-expansion of Corona, we decided to hold it online. I had never had a face-to-face meeting in my laboratory.
I was a little disappointed, but the conversation was lively online and it was a fun meeting.

Doctoral Course Presentation

Hi, my name is Mike Zielewski, and I’m in the second year of my doctoral program.

All PhD students in the Graduate School of Information Sciences are required to present their research progress to the graduate school at least once during their studies. This presentation is typically done in the second year of the doctoral program, when most students have conducted some amount of novel research. Anyone can attend these presentations, including other students, staff, and professors.

Since anyone is allowed to attend, students are encouraged to present in such a way that even someone from a completely foreign field can understand the work. This is important because if descriptions are too detailed, then very few people will understand the research presented. On the other hand, if the presentation is too vague, students may not be able to convey the significance behind the work. Because finding such a balance to efficiently and effectively communicate ideas is so important in research, the graduate school allows attendees to vote for the best presentations.

I am honored to have been one of the students who received a best presentation award. I believe the environment created by this lab was instrumental in my ability to create effective presentations. First, the lab provides ample opportunities to present our progress, and thus practice public speaking. Additionally, professors in the lab provide constructive criticism and encourage the use of descriptive figures.

In fact, I think these are two of the most important skills for presentations. Speakers should be able to present their work clearly and concisely, so as to avoid confusion and keep the attention of the audience. Figures and images should work as visual aides that summarize ideas without being overly complex. Finally, presentations should be adapted to the audience, as there are some situations where it is not only acceptable, but expected, to go into the fine details of the work.

I appreciate the opportunities this lab has provided and I look forward to further developing my presentation skills that I can use throughout my career.

Server moving operation

Hello. I am Kaneko, a M2 student. The other day, members of the system section moved the server rack.
In our laboratory, students are divided into sections to share the work in the laboratory, and we, the system section, are in charge of managing the servers in the laboratory.

The servers (muffin, monaka, and muffin2), which were recently introduced to the lab, have been managed on the desks in the lab because of the possibility of frequent configuration changes.
However, we decided to move muffin and monaka to the rack because it is out of the way to keep the server on the desk and it is likely to fall down in case of an earthquake.

The work was successfully completed in about two hours despite some trouble, and we feel that the laboratory space has become a little more spacious.

Through this work we learned an important thing to solve the problem of server installation.
We were able to solve some problems by brute force. After all, power is everything. We will continue to work on various tasks in the system section and will keep this lesson in mind.

Henepata Seminar has been completed.

Hello! This is Koda of B4.

The Henepata seminar, a joint effort between Takizawa Laboratory and Kobayashi/Sato Laboratory, was recently completed.
The Henepata Seminar is a seminar in which we read the book “Composition and Design of Computers” written by Patterson and Hennessy and present the contents of the book.

This year, three B4 students from Takizawa Laboratory and seven B4 and M1 students from Kobayashi Laboratory participated in the seminar and discussed the basics of computer configuration.
In addition, professors and senior students gave us advice on our presentations and supplemented the content to deepen our understanding.

I am determined to make use of the basic computer knowledge I learned this time and do my best in my future research activities!

Online Open Campus now available!

Nice to meet you!
I am Daiki Nakai, a first-year master’s student at Tohoku Graduate School.
As it is the Corona Disaster, the open campus is now online.
The dates and times are 10:00~17:00 on 7/27 and 7/28.
If you want to hear real voices of current students, please feel free to join us!
Click hereto participate
pass is “superlab”.

new server muffin2 was installed

Hello there. This is Aoyagi.
Recently a new server was installed in our laboratory. This server will be equipped with GPUs and VEs, and will be used for research.
Due to its similarity in size and use purpuse, it was named “muffin2” after “muffin”, the server which was installed last year.
Let’s see inside our new mate. You can see there are a lot of memory slots, actually 32 slots. In the picture below, you can see 8 slots are taken already.
But the main memory reaches 128G byte already. If we install memories to the rest 24 slots it would be possible to produce “a beast” with 1T byte main memory.
I’m really looking forward to seeing the day!

neoSYCL is open to the public!

Hello. My name is Kaneko, a second-year master’s student.

Just a few days ago, “neoSYCL”, an original SYCL implementation developed in this laboratory, was released!

SYCL is a standard developed by the Khronos Group for writing code for heterogeneous architectures.
There are several implementations of SYCL, as described here.
Among them, neoSYCL is the only implementation that supports CPU and NEC’s SX-Aurora TSUBASA (SX-AT) as a processor.

With neoSYCL, processing in heterogeneous systems containing SX-ATs can be written in a single-source program using standard C++.
Please check the neoSYCL page on GitHub for more information.

In addition to SX-AT, my research has also created an extension library to support Intel Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), which I plan to research and implement so that it can be published on GitHub.

We had a B3 welcome party.

Hello, this is Ishii of M1.
Summer is gradually approaching, and I am wondering whether I should wear a parka or a short-sleeved one.

In this season, three new third-year students and a research student have arrived at Takizawa Lab. We held a welcome party for them online, so here is a report on it.
This welcome party was also held online, but we would like to do it offline soon…
I hope we can create an environment where the newcomers can feel comfortable. I look forward to working with you from now on!

Jin had a presentation at COOL Chips 25

Hi, this is D1 student Jin Yifan.

The 25th IEEE Symposium on Low-Power and High-Speed Chips and Systems (COOL Chips 25) was successfully held during April 20-22, 2022.

IEEE COOL Chips is an International Symposium initiated in 1998 to present the advancement of low-power and high-speed chips and systems.
The symposium covers leading-edge technologies in all areas of microprocessors and their applications.
Researchers from around the world participated in this symposium in a hybrid format (on-site in Tokyo and online).
The program is shown here.

I was privileged to be able to present my work as a poster at this symposium.

In fact, because of the epidemic, this was the first time I had the opportunity to participate in this type of academic conference on-site.
I met many enthusiastic researchers and had interesting and valuable discussions with them.