Hi, I am Antonio Franques, a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
I am advised by Prof. Josep Torrellas, and a member of the i-acoma group. My research focuses on the application of high-frequency wireless on-chip communication in large-scale multicore architectures with hundreds or even thousands of cores. Specifically, my goal is to design scalable and efficient memory hierarchies that reduce the large cost of core-to-core communication in parallel computing.
In Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, I interned at AMD Research, developing and benchmarking driver and library software to evaluate the capabilities and performance of prototype hardware for exascale computing.
Prior to joining UIUC I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV), Spain, and completed one exchange semester at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. During my undergraduate studies I also performed two years of research in the area of Computational Mathematics under the supervision of Professors Juan Ramon Torregrosa and Alicia Cordero, as a member of the DAMRES group.
Although I have lived in a few different places over the last years, I grew up in l’Espluga de Francoli, Spain—a beautiful little town in Catalonia where I still often go to visit my family and friends.
Besides Computer Science related topics, my other personal interests and hobbies include running/hiking, rock climbing, travelling, and cooking/nutrition.
- Aug 2020: Our poster Millimeter-Wave Wireless Network on Chip Using Deep Reinforcement Learning is among the winners of the Student Research Competition at SIGCOMM ‘20
- Feb 2020: Our manuscript Engineer the Channel and Adapt to it: Enabling Wireless Intra-Chip Communication has been accepted to IEEE Transactions on Communications
- Oct 2019: I will be giving an invited talk at MICRO ‘19, titled Challenges and Opportunities of Wireless Network-on-Chip for Manycore Architectures
- Jan 2019: Heading off to AMD Research in Seattle for an extension of my previous internship
- Jan 2019: Our work on Opportunistic Beamforming in Wireless Network-on-Chip has been accepted to ISCAS ‘19
- Nov 2018: Replica has been accepted to ASPLOS ‘19
- Sep 2018: Heading off to AMD Research in Austin for an internship
- Jan 2018: Our work on Millimeter-Wave Propagation within a Computer Chip Package has been accepted to ISCAS ‘18
- Jul 2016: Our project receives an NSF XPS grant to advance scalability for on-chip wireless communications. NSF award site