Tor Aamodt

Tor Aamodt

BASc, MASc, PhD (University of Toronto)

Office: KAIS 4043
Phone: (604) 827-4116
Fax: (604) 822-5949




Tor Aamodt is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia where he has been a faculty member since 2006. His current research focuses on the architecture of general purpose GPUs and energy efficient computing. Three of his papers related to the architecture of general purpose GPUs have been selected as “Top Picks” by IEEE Micro Magazine and one as a “Research Highlight” by Communications of the ACM magazine. He is in the MICRO Conference Hall of Fame. He was an Associate Editor for IEEE Computer Architecture Letters from 2012 to 2015 and the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, was Program Chair for ISPASS 2013, General Chair for ISPASS 2014, and has served on numerous conference technical program committees. He was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University during his 2012-2013 sabbatical.  He was awarded an NVIDIA Academic Partnership Award in 2010, an NSERC Discovery Accelerator for 2016-2019 and a 2016 Google Faculty Research Award (the first at UBC since 2012). From late 2004 to early 2006 he worked at NVIDIA on the memory system architecture (“framebuffer”) of the GeForce 8 Series GPU — the first NVIDIA GPU to support CUDA.  He received his BASc (in Engineering Science), MASc and PhD at the University of Toronto.

He is a Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia (registered with APEGBC).

Research Interests

Computer architecture including accelerators for deep neural networks and architecture of graphics processor units for non-graphics computing.

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