The SMART Interconnects Group, headed by Timothy Mark Pinkston, is engaged in research on technologies and techniques for achieving high-performance communication in parallel computer systems---symmetric multiprocessor systems as well as distributed network-based processing systems. Our efforts mainly focus on the interconnection network. We are developing efficient network interface and routing architectures/techniques that support high availability, reliability and quality of service. Deadlock-free adaptive routing techniques are being pursued that allow for maximum exploitation of routing freedom within the network. Network self-healing techniques are also being investigated that allow the network to dynamically self-check, reconfigure, and manage itself in the presence of expansion, hot-swapping, faults, and other anomalous conditions. We also have interest in designing, modeling and implementing high-bandwidth optical/optoelectronic-based interconnect! ion networks, network processors, and switch/router architectures. Below are some of the major contributions made thus far.
Part I: A Theory for Deadlock-free Dynamic Reconfiguration of Interconnection Networks, Jose Duato, Olav Lysne, Ruoming Pang, and Timothy Mark Pinkston, in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 412-427, May 2005.
A General Theory for Deadlock-free Adaptive Routing Using a Mixed Set of Resources, Jose Duato and Timothy Mark Pinkston, in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Vol. 12, No. 12, December, 2001.
Flexible and Efficient Routing Based on Progressive Deadlock Recovery, Timothy Mark Pinkston, in IEEE Transactions on Computers, Vol. 48, No. 7, pp. 649-669, July, 1999.
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 1993, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
Recently, he served three years as a Program Director in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) of the National Science Foundation where he managed an award portfolio of approximately $10 million (FY'07) for CISE's Computer Systems Architecture Program and $40 million (FY'08) for CISE's flagship Expeditions in Computing Program in its inaugural year. Prior to going to the NSF, Dr. Pinkston served as the Director of the Computer Engineering Division at USC. His professional service includes serving on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) and on the IEEE TPDS Editor-in-Chief search and re-appointment committees. He has taken on leadership roles and membership in many conferences and workshops in the field, including ISCA, HPCA, ICPP, IPDPS, NOCS and HiPC. He recently served as the Program Chair for ICPADS'06, the General Chair for IPDPS'07, and the Program Chair for HPCA'09.
Dr. Pinkston received his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and his B.S.E.E. degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) where he is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Engineering and the Minority Engineering Program of OSU. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.