StarGen Wins Best Paper Award at IEEE Hot Interconnects Conference

9/1/2004 - StarGen, a semiconductor company specializing in advanced serial switched interconnect solutions, is pleased to announce that a paper presented by architect Venkata Krishnan has won the ‘Best Paper Award’ at the 12th annual IEEE Hot Interconnects conference.

The presentation by Krishnan titled “A Localized Congestion Control Mechanism for PCI Express Advanced Switching Fabrics” details congestion control mechanisms, which have been incorporated into the Advanced Switching Interconnect (ASI) specification. ASI is a high-speed serial technology developed by the Advanced Switching Interconnect Special Interest Group (ASI-SIG) as inter-connect for the next generation of computing, storage and communication equipment. Krishnan points out that Advanced Switching is designed to function as a true system fabric interconnect and that congestion management is crucial for optimal utilization of the fabric bandwidth.

“It is a great honor StarGen to win such a distinguished award from the IEEE Hot Interconnects Symposium,” said Tim Miller, CEO of StarGen. “Receiving this recognition from our peers is further validation of StarGen’s knowledge and contributions to the development of the Advanced Switching Interconnect standard.”

The three-day symposium that took place last week at Stanford University in California highlights the latest in high performance interconnects, and attracts engineers involved in both the software and hardware arenas. The conference brings together designers and architects of high-performance chips, software and systems at the University and global business levels. Presentations focus on up-to-the-minute developments demonstrating leading-edge designs by engineers and researchers throughout the world. Two days of technical sessions were followed by one day of tutorials focusing on the latest industry and academic laboratories.

The speaker and co-author of the paper, Venkata Krishnan, has over 10 years of academic and industry experience in hardware and software areas that include microprocessor architecture, high-speed networking, compilers and simulation methodologies. He has published 12 papers in leading international conferences and journals. Prior to joining StarGen, he was a principal microprocessor architect in DEC/Compaq involved in the development of a hyper-threading architecture. He has made significant contributions to the Advanced Switching specification in the areas of congestion management, zero-copy data movement techniques and performance-level simulation studies. He holds B.Tech from IIT, Madras (India) and a Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign both degrees in Computer Science. The paper was co-authored by StarGen’s chief scientist, David Mayhew.

About StarGen
StarGen is a fabless semiconductor company and has sold over two hundred thousand StarFabric ports to more than 50 customers worldwide, with design wins across a broad spectrum of markets including storage, communications, high performance imaging, automated test, and video distribution, among many others. The Advanced Switching product line, slated for delivery in early 2005, will feature a family of bridges and switches based on the emerging PCI Express and Advanced Switching Interconnect industry standards. StarGen is also a sponsor of the Advanced Switching Interconnect Special Interest Group (ASI SIG) and chairs the Marketing Work Group and key Technical Work Groups. StarGen ( is headquartered in Marlborough, MA.

PCI Express is a trademark of PCI-SIG. StarGen and StarFabric are trademarks of StarGen.

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