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Nsf Awards ­CLA Engineering $10m to Create Customized Computing Technology

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The U.S. National Science Foundation's Expeditions in Computing program has awarded the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science a $10 million grant to work on a new technology called domain-specific computing. The technology could revolutionize medical imaging and hemodynamic simulation by providing a more cost-effective, energy-efficient, and customizable computing option for preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures.

The new UCLA Center for Domain-Specific Computing (CDSC) will oversee the research. CDSC director Jason Cong says domain-specific computing holds significant advantages. He says domain-specific computing uses a customizable architecture and custom-oriented, high-level computer languages especially designed for a particular application or domain.

"The broader impact of our work at the CDSC will be measured by the new digital revolution enabled by customized computing," Cong says. "We will demonstrate the feasibility and advantages of the proposed research in the domain of health care, given its significant impact on the national economy and quality-of-life issues." Cong says CDSC's work will enable physicians to see inside the brain to assist in real-time surgery, and to perform preventive procedures much faster using automatic analysis and diagnosis of MRIs and CT scans.

"Much of the work that relies on people today may take hours or days to complete with existing computing technology, but with the domain-specific customizable technique, the work can be done in minutes," Cong says.

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