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  • Day: February 19, 2021

    Chamber Publishes Article about Mechatronics Playground

    The most recent issue of the “Manufacturing Matters” newsletter, published by the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, includes a feature article about Michigan Tech’s Mechatronics degree programs and learning lab, and the work that alumnus Mark Gauthier is doing to support and promote Mechatronics careers in southwestern Michigan.

    View the newsletter here. The text appears below. A video about the Mechatronics Playground, also included in the article, can be viewed here.


    Donald Engineering Supports Mechatronics Playground at Michigan Tech

    From the February 2021 issue of Manufacturing Matters, a newsletter published by the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg.

    With increases in smart technology, including IoT and Industry 4.0, things are changing in manufacturing. To help its graduates remain competitive, Michigan Technological University has combined the technologies of mechanical and electrical engineering into one degree: Mechatronics.

    The multidisciplinary program combines these disciplines, along with fluid power, robotics, software, and computational hardware for a comprehensive education in the most current Mechatronics standards and products.

    M.S. in Mechatronics was begun at Michigan Tech two years ago, and this year a B.S. in Mechatronics was added with encouragement and support from Mark Gauthier, Michigan Tech alumnus and president of Donald Engineering (DE).

    Mechatronics courses and degrees can be pursued on-campus, with some courses available online. Co-op options and graduate certificates are available for those interested in expanding their on-the-job knowledge. FANUC industrial certification in robotics is available for those already working in industry.

    View the full article here.


    Info Sessions for CyberCorps Scholarship Are March 22, March 30

    An exciting scholarship opportunity has been announced for Michigan Tech students who wish to pursue cybersecurity-related degrees and work for government agencies after graduation.

    Two informational sessions will be presented, on March 22 and March 30, to help students complete the application process for the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program.

    Both sessions will provide the same information. Prior registration is required. Following, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions for joining the session.

    Recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the SFS Program provides full scholarships for two or three years of support for undergraduate and graduate students in selected cybersecurity-related degree programs.

    In return, following graduation recipients must agree to work for for the U.S. government in a cybersecurity-related position for a period equal to the duration of the scholarship.

    Applications are being accepted for the 2021-2022 cohort. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2021. View the list of eligible degree programs on the SFS website.

    Session #1 is on Monday, March 22, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. EST. Register for Session #1 here.

    Session #2 is on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. EST. Register for Session #2 here.

    For more information, please visit the SFS website at https://www.mtu.edu/sfs/, or contact Professor Yu Cai (cai@mtu.edu).

    Read a Michigan Tech press release about this new scholarship opportunity:
    https://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2021/february/cybercorps-offers-huskies-scholarship-for-service-opportunity.html


    CS Grad Student Zhiyuan Lu to Present RQE March 5

    Zhiyuan Lu, a Department of Computer Science graduate student, will present his RQE lecture on Friday, March, 5, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

    The lecture will be presented virtually.

    Lecture Title

    Improving the Performance of NVM Crash Consistency under Multicore

    Lecture Abstract

    Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) systems require log schemes to ensure crash consistency, introducing severe performance overhead. Recently, LAD was proposed to remove log operations for transactions whose total amount of updated cachelines is smaller than the Asynchronous DRAM Refresh (ADR) buffer, without affecting crash consistency. However, on multicore, concurrent transactions tend to exhaust the ADR resource and hence log operations have to be conducted in LAD.

    In this study, we observe that there are a significant number of log operations that could be avoided if a transaction run alone. To remove these unnecessary log operations, this paper presents a new transaction execution scheme, called two-stage transaction execution (TSTE), which allows the write requests of a transaction to be in both the ADR buffer and the staging SRAM buffer. Our new scheme performs log operations for a transaction’s write requests in the SRAM buffer and executes in-place update operations for this transaction’s write requests in the ADR buffer.

    To further improve the ADR resource utilization, this paper also proposes virtual ADR buffers to decouple buffering from the ADR’s reliable writing data; the proposed virtual ADR buffers only allow logless operations to access ADR resources. Additionally, this paper proposes to adopt redo log with DRAM cache to speed up the transaction commit speed. Our evaluation results demonstrate that our proposed schemes can efficiently reduce log operations up to 94.9% and improve the transaction throughput up to 78.6%.

    Download the RQE flyer and abstract