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Pasquale Davide Schiavone

Pasquale Davide Schiavone is a PhD student at the Integrated Systems Laboratory of ETH Zurich in the Digital Systems group led by Prof. Luca Benini. He obtained a BSc. and a MSc. from "Politecnico di Torino" in computer engineering in 2013 and 2016 respectively. His main research focus is on low-power energy-efficient computer architectures for Internet-Of-Things systems and brain-machine interfaces through EEG and neural action potential signals.

From January to June 2018 I visited the Centre of Bio-Inspired Technology at Imperial College London in the Next Generation Neural Interfaces group.


  • Computer and System Architecture
  • Digital ASIC Design
  • Embedded systems
  • Heterogeneous multicore architectures for energy-efficient and low-power embedded systems
  • Brain-Machine interface

Available projects

Project description

We propose a semester thesis to implement the proposed RVB extensions to the RI5CY core. Such tasks requires to:

    • Replace the ones that are similar/equal
    • Implement the missing ones
    • Evaluate the impact in AREA and Timing with a detailed report
    • Evaluate the impact in performance/execution time for a given set of benchmarks

In case of a master thesis, this work will be further investigated for the 64 bit RISC-V core Ariane, plus enhancement on the RI5CY verification strategy and execution trace.

Required Skills

To work on this project, you will need:

  • to have worked in the past with at least one RTL language (SystemVerilog or Verilog or VHDL) - having followed the VLSI1 class or equivalent is mandatory, VLSI2 course recommended
  • to have prior knowledge in assembler/C program language

Other skills that you might find useful include:

  • to be strongly motivated for a difficult but super-cool project

If you want to work on this project, but you think that you do not match some the required skills, we can give you some preliminary exercise to help you fill in the gap.

Status: Available

Supervision: Pasquale Davide Schiavone, Robert Balas, Florian Zaruba


Luca Benini

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