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EEMBC Recognizes 17 Members for Contributions to Industry-Standard Processor Benchmarks in 2017


Engineers Honored for Leadership in Working Groups for Internet of Things, Autonomous Driving, Internet Security, Machine Learning, and Low-Power Processor Benchmarks


PORTLAND, Ore. — Aug. 8, 2018 — EEMBC, an industry consortium that develops benchmarks for embedded hardware and software, today honored 17 members whose contributions over the last year have gone above and beyond in making the organization the industry’s standard bearer for benchmarking. The honorees are being recognized for their exceptional efforts in working groups developing benchmarks for internet of things (IoT), autonomous driving (ADAS), internet security, machine learning, and low-power processors, and for their contributions to the greater good of the industry.


“The success of EEMBC and its impact on the industry hinges on the volunteer efforts of all of our members — be it through attending or leading meetings, writing code, or publishing benchmark scores,” said Peter Torelli, president and CTO of EEMBC. “Each year it is our privilege to recognize those members whose dedication and leadership has really stood out in helping EEMBC maintain its momentum and produce compelling benchmarks with industry support. Congratulations to our 2017 honorees and thank you for your support.”


The honorees for 2017 are:


Ultra-Low Power Subcommittee

·       ULPMark Working Group

·       Monica Redon Segrara (ADI) for taking over as group chair, resolving issues of cross-posting, and negotiating where to steer the group next

·       Mark Wallis and Jean-Julien Pegoud for making the STMicroelectronics STM32 Power Shield the official energy monitor for EEMBC benchmarks. A good deal of co-development between EEMBC and STMicro was required to make this happen, resulting in more sophisticated power analysis. The Power Shield enables our ULPMark, IoTMark and SecureMark line of products.

·       Steve Allen (Dialog Semi) for his technical expertise, and for spearheading the effort to begin standardizing how CoreMark® benchmark power should be collected and reported

·       IoTMark Working Group

·       Craig Giglio (SiLabs) for taking over as the group chair and wrangling with the “last-mile” challenges required to productize the benchmark

·       Steve Allen (Dialog Semi) for his significant efforts in porting the firmware to at least four devices, and providing extensive testing and analysis feedback to the team. This helped define the final profile parameters and made the code more robust

·       Mark Wallis (STMicro) for providing technical guidance and balanced assessment of issues facing the benchmark tuning

·       Solomon Peachy (ARM) and Carlos Neri Castellanos (NXP) for helping resolve the complex debate pertaining to transmit-power certification procedures; both provided calibrated hardware and testable hypotheses required to verify the methodology

·       SecureMark Working Group

·       Ruud Derwig (Synopsys) for running the working group and deftly addressing challenges to the technical decisions made during development. He also guided the technical content of the benchmark itself and ported it to both hardware and software, providing further confidence in the API

·       Mike Borza (Synopsys) for his outreach at various conferences promoting SecureMark-TLS, and his technical contributions to the scoring of the benchmark

·       Hannes Tschofenig (ARM) for his promotion of the benchmark, technical research that defined the benchmark, conference co-presentations with EEMBC, development of the source-code API, and debug support of the host-side validation that enabled self-verification of the test

·       Herman Roebbers (Altran) for providing valuable technical input (in all ULP workgroups), and for verifying that the SecureMark API is suitable for hardware acceleration

Heterogeneous Compute Subcommittee

·       ADASMark Working Group

·       Former group chair Rafal Malewski (formerly at NXP) for keeping the ADAS development steady and on target, promoting the benchmark at conferences, and fielding questions from the press

·       Vlad Calina (NXP) for solving many significantly complex technical challenges and consistently delivering quality software on schedule. He also provided optimized OPenCL kernels and testing feedback during beta

·       Cristina Ilie (NXP) for developing the validation strategy used by multiple stages of the benchmark to self-check

·       Yuan Zhao (TI) for providing technical insight into the development of the benchmark, optimized kernels, and beta-test support

·       Machine Learning Working Group

·       Ramesh Jaladi, group chair (Intel), for bringing momentum and enthusiasm to the kickoff of our latest addition to the EEMBC benchmark family: MLMark for machine learning on the edge

Additional Recognition

·       Joseph Yiu (ARM) for his contributions in all of the ULP subcommittee working groups, and his efforts in helping define the next-generation EEMBC performance benchmark


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