Building Harmony between Digital and Analog

Once per month, Marcus visits the Kindergarten of his son. There, he explains scientific and technical phenomena in such a way that even the smallest children follow his talks with close attention. He uses sweets and pieces of cakes to illustrate portions and fractions, and show in role plays how circuits and deals with much more complex issues – the optimization of the different hardware and software elements of a processor and the preparation for the heterogeneity of future information processing systems.

„I am extremely fascinated by the interdisciplinarity of the Cluster“, the 36-year-old scientist says about the cooperation and interaction between the cfaed research paths. „We think about how to write programs for the chemical information processor which will be able to accomplish a complex medical diagnosis in a short time.“ The difference to conventional electronics is the challenge for Marcus: „A chemical computer deals with chemical fluids. So we must construct a kind of wet compiler.“

Although Marcus was born in Frankfurt and studied Computer Science in Karlsruhe, he feels at home in Dresden. He wrote his doctoral thesis at Technische Universität Dresden, his supervisor was the leader of the Orchestration Path. Today, Marcus leads a group of young investigators who analyze the efficient connection of hardware and software components for data-intensive applications on heterogeneous multicore systems.

Previous research visits in the Netherlands, France and South Korea already broadened his horizon. With the support of cfaed, he spent six months at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh/USA from October 2013. The more than one hundred years old University is renowned for bringing groundbreaking business. About 20 Nobel Laureates are amongst its award-winning faculty members. Its scientists are developping technologies to assist the elderly with household chores, respond to natural or man-made disasters and – jointly with the NASA – land a robot on the moon. „It was an interesting experience to work for a private elite university in the US“, Marcus says. „I am now convinced that we in cfaed can reach a similar level of research distinction. We have the decisive expertise and knowledge in Dresden.“