VIP stands for Vertically Integrated Projects of Rice University. The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program at Rice unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Undergraduate Rice VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams.
VIP at Rice extends the academic design experience beyond a single semester. It provides the time and context to learn and practice professional skills, to make substantial contributions, and experience different roles on large multidisciplinary design/discovery teams. Learn more.
The Cavallaro research project is:
Parallel Hardware Applications in Science and Technology (PHAST)
Recent advances in VLSI technology are enabling fast computing systems with tens and hundreds of processing units. These range from field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) to graphics processing units (GPU) to multi-core processors, such as the Intel Xeon Phi. These parallel systems can be used to accelerate applications in wireless communications, image processing, and data science. Current projects focus on signal processing algorithms for 5G base stations for large scale or Massive MIMO wireless communications systems. Parallel programming environments and software tools such as CUDA, OpenMP, OpenCL, and MPI are used on systems from mobile GPU system-on-chip devices (SoCs), to high performance desktop GPUs to supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.