Closeup of Partha Pande
Partha Pande

Washington State University Professor Partha Pande has been named a Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to network-on-chip architectures for manycore computing.

“This honor reflects the major impact Partha Pande is making in the field of computing research,” said Mary Rezac, dean of WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. “Pande’s research contributions to network-on-chip technology are leading towards a manycore computing system that is both faster and more energy efficient in the future.”

A WSU faculty member since 2005, Pande is the director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as the Boeing Centennial Chair in Computer Engineering. He conducts research in network on chip (NoC) technology, which is becoming the state-of-the art communications method for manycore chips, and could greatly improve the energy efficiency of data centers and other enterprises that require high-performance computers.

High-performance computers currently run on manycore processors, which require data to travel from core to core through wires. It is a slow and energy-draining process. Network-on-chip technology at millimeter-wave frequencies allows for wireless links between cores, resulting in less energy loss and higher data transfer speed. Putting that kind of technology to use can translate to increased speed and capability of the Internet and smart devices.

Partha has authored or co-authored more than 150 papers in journals and conference proceedings, which have been cited more than 6,000 times. In 2009, he received a National Science Foundation Career award, and in 2013 he received the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s Outstanding Researcher Award.

He holds a doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering from University of British Columbia, master’s degree in computer science from National University of Singapore and bachelor’s degree from University of Calcutta, India.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

WSU’s Voiland College currently has 10 faculty members who are IEEE fellows, including Pande, Anjan Bose, Shira Broschat, Diane Cook, Thomas Fischer, Robert Olsen, Ali Saberi, John Schneider, Noel Schulz, and Mani Venkatasubramanian.

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