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Onur Mutlu

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Onur Mutlu

Research Areas

Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Devices

Cross Cutting Thrusts

Next Generation Threat Prediction and Response, Threat Analysis and Modeling


Onur Mutlu is the Strecker Early Career Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. His broader research interests are in computer architecture and systems, especially in the interactions between languages, operating systems, compilers, and microarchitecture. He enjoys teaching and researching problems in computer architecture, including those related to the design of memory/storage systems, multi-core architectures, and scalable and efficient systems. He obtained his PhD and MS in ECE from the University of Texas at Austin (2006) and BS degrees in Computer Engineering and Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to Carnegie Mellon, he worked at Microsoft Research (2006-2009), Intel Corporation, and Advanced Micro Devices. He was a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Young Computer Architect Award, Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Award, faculty partnership awards from Facebook, Google, IBM, HP, and Microsoft, a number of best paper recognitions (at ASPLOS, RTAS, HPCA, ICCD, VTS), and a number of "computer architecture top pick" paper selections by the IEEE Micro magazine. For more information, please see his webpage at


PhD, 2006, Computer Engineering, University of Texas, Austin
MSE, 2002, Computer Engineering, University of Texas, Austin
BSE, 2000, Computer Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research Projects

Attacking and Defending Unreliable Hardware

Research Area: Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Devices
Cross Cutting Thrusts: Threat Analysis and Modeling | Next Generation Threat Prediction and Response
Researcher: Onur Mutlu


"Shifted Hamming Distance (SHD): A Fast and Accurate SIMD-Friendly Filter for Local Alignment in Read Mapping". H. Xin, J. Greth, J. Emmons, G. Pekhimenko, C. Kingsford, C. Alkan, and O. Mutlu, High Throughput Sequencing Algorithms and Applications (HITSEQ), 2014.

"Main Memory Scaling: Challenges and Solution Directions". O. Mutlu, in More Than Moore Technologies Springer, 2015.

"Bufferless and Minimally-Buffered Deflection Routing". C. Fallin, G. Nazario, X. Yu, K. Chang, R. Ausavarungnirun, and O. Mutlu, in Routing Algorithms in Networks-on-Chip Springer, 2014, pp. 241-275.

"Comparative Evaluation of FPGA and ASIC Implementations of Bufferless and Buffered Routing Algorithms for On-Chip Networks". Y. Cai, K. Mai, and O. Mutlu, ISQED: International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design, 2015.

"The Main Memory System: Challenges and Opportunities". O. Mutlu, J. Meza, and L. Subramanian, Communications of the Korean Institute of Information Scientists and Engineers, 2015.

"A-DRM: Architecture-aware Distributed Resource Management of Virtualized Clusters". H. Wang, C. Isci, L. Subramanian, J. Choi, D. Qian, and O. Mutlu, VEE: ACM SIGPLAN/SIGOPS International Conference on Virtual Execution Environment, 2015.

"Adaptive-Latency DRAM: Optimizing DRAM Timing for the Common-Case". D. Lee, Y. Kim, G. Pekhimenko, S. Khan, V. Seshadri, K. Chang, and O. Mutlu,HPCA: IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Compute Architecture, 2015.

"Data Retention in MLC NAND Flash Memory: Characterization, Optimization, and Recovery". Y. Cai, Y. Luo, E. F. Haratsch, K. Mai, and O. Mutlu,  HPCA: IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Compute Architecture, 2015.

"Exploiting Compressed Block Size as an Indicator of Future Reuse". G. Pekhimenko, T. Huberty, R. Cai, O. Mutlu, P. B. Gibbons, M. A. Kozuch, and T. C. Mowry,  HPCA: IEEE International Symposium on High-Performance Compute Architecture, 2015.

"Memory Systems". Y. Kim and O. Mutlu, in Computing Handbook, Third Edition: Computer Science and Software Engineering CRC Press, 2014.

"Neighbor-Cell Assisted Error Correction for MLC NAND Flash Memories". Y. Cai, G. Yalcin, O. Mutlu, E. Haratsch, O. Unsal, A. Cristal, and K. W. Mai, ACM Sigmetrics Conference, pp. 491-504, 2014.

"Design and Evaluation of Hierarchical Rings with Deflection Routing".  R. Ausavarungnirun, C. Fallin, X. Yu, K. K.-W. Chang, G. Nazario, R. Das, G. H. Loh, and O. Mutlu, IEEE International Symposium on Computer Architecture and High Performance Computing, pp. 230-237, 2014.