Sandia National Labs Academic Alliance Collaboration Report 2020-2021


A new AI co-design center, launched in 2020, will allow scientists at Georgia Tech, and Sandia and Pacific Northwest national laboratories to develop core technologies that are important for the application of AI to DOE mission priorities—such as cybersecurity, electric grid resilience, graph analytics, and scientific simulations. The Center for AI-focused Architectures and Algorithms (ARIAA), funded with $5.5 million from the DOE Office of Science, is centered around a concept known as “co-design,” alluding to the need for researchers to weigh and balance capabilities of hardware and software. Not a physical facility, but a collaborative environment, the new center will allow researchers at their individual locations to simulate and evaluate AI hardware when employed on current or future supercomputers. “A co-design center provides a wonderful opportunity for people with diverse backgrounds—hardware designers, theoretical computer scientists, mathematicians and domain scientists—to come together to develop solutions to

a very challenging problem, the co-design of machine learning accelerators,” said Sandia project lead Siva Rajamanickam, an expert in high-performance computing. As a collaborator in ARIAA,

Pictured: Tushar Krishna’s research at Georgia Tech focuses on building hardware platforms to run AI applications efficiently.


Sandia Academic Alliance Program

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