Hi, I am Antonio Franques, PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
I am a member of the i-acoma group, led by Prof. Josep Torrellas. My research focuses on the application of high-frequency wireless on-chip communication in massive multi-core architectures. Specifically, my goal is to design new shared-memory architectures that reduce the large cost of core-to-core communications in parallel computing, and even solve the problem of the coherency wall. I envision a future in exascale computing where software developers will build their parallel applications using a unified programming model for both shared and distributed memory, such as MPI-3, and the underlying hardware will be able to manage the interface between them.
In 2015 I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). During my undegradate studies, I also performed almost two years of research in the area of Computational Mathematics under the supervision of Professors Juan Ramon Torregrosa and Alicia Cordero.
Although I am currently living in Champaign, Illinois (USA), I am originally from l’Espluga de Francoli (Spain)—a beautiful little town where I spent most of my childhood. In the past, I have also lived in Trondheim (Norway)—where I completed the last year of my undergraduate studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology—as well as in Valencia (Spain).
Besides Computer Science related topics, my other personal interests include cooking, running/hiking, rock climbing and travelling.