ISCA Tutorial 2023

Design and Integration of Superconductive Computation for Ventures beyond Exascale Realization

The success of CMOS has overshadowed nearly all other solid-state device innovations over recent decades. With fundamental CMOS scaling limits close in sight, the time is now ripe to explore disruptive computing technologies. As a viable post-CMOS computing technology, superconductor electronics can deliver ultra-high performance and energy efficiency at scale, thereby paving the way for seminal innovations in integrated electronics, sustainable exascale computing, and acceleration of machine learning. This half-day tutorial will cover the challenges and opportunities associated with the first-time design of a superconductive system of cryogenic computing cores (SuperSoCC), which is the focus of a recently awarded NSF Expeditions in Computing award. To demonstrate SuperSoCC, a slew of challenges related to physical scaling, chip-level integration, compact modeling and design tool support, on-chip memory design, architecture design, and full-system design and integration including interfacing to room temperature electronics must be addressed. These issues will be addressed through a series of talks given by experts in the field.

Location:  Marriott World Center Orlando
Date: Sunday June 18, 2023
Time: 1:30 – 4:30 PM


  • 1:30 – 1:40 PM | Welcome: Massoud Pedram

  • 1:40 – 2:15 PM | Massoud Pedram (USC): Superconductor Electronics: Challenges and opportunities

  • 2:15 – 2:50 PM | Sasan Razmkhah (USC): Superconductor circuits: Design and verification

  • 2:50 – 3:10 PM | Coffee Break 

  • 3:10 – 3:45 PM | Murali Annavaram (USC): Architectural Implications of Superconductive Electronics
  • 3:45 – 4:20pm | Dilip Vasudevan (LBNL): Design of the Building Blocks for the Superconducting Imaging Processing System Using Temporal Logic

  • 4:20 – 4:30pm | Murali Annavaram (USC): Closing remarks