Cansu Kaynak, a PhD student at the Parallel Systems Architecture Lab (PARSA), directed by Prof. Babak Falsafi, received a prestigious and highly competitive IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award. The IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study.

Award Recipients are selected based on their overall potential for research excellence, and their academic progress to-date, as evidenced by publications and endorsements from their faculty advisor and department head. The program also supports their long-standing commitment to workforce diversity. IBM values diversity in the workplace and encourages nominations of women, minorities and all who contribute to that diversity.

Cansu is mainly interested in computer architecture. Her research is centered around server system architecture, particularly focusing on memory system design to bridge the performance gap between processor and memory. To this end, she has been exploring ways to predict memory activity to proactively move instructions and data closer to the processor to hide the memory access latency from the processor. Please visit her homepage for more information on Cansu’s research.