Our Advisory Board

The advisory board guides the program evolution and how it serves the needs of its participants. Members of the board are listed below. The board meets at least twice a year and works closely to define the program.

If you would like to join this advisory board please send an email to university@cavium.com

Current members of the advisory board :

Dr. Prof. Jean-luc Gauidot
Prof. Jean-luc Gaudiot
Professor Jean-Luc Gaudiot received the Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique, Paris, France in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977 and 1982, respectively.

He is currently a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of California, Irvine. He was Chair of the Department from 2003 to 2009. During his tenure, the department underwent significant changes. These include the hiring of twelve new faculty members (three senior professors) and the remarkable rise in the US News and World Report® rankings of the Computer Engineering program from 42 to 28 (46 to 36 for the Electrical Engineering program).

Prof. David Lilja  
Prof. David Lilja, Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota

David J. Lilja received a Ph.D. and an M.S., both in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Iowa State Universityin Ames. He is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he also serves as a member of the graduate faculties in Computer ScienceScientific Computation, and Data Science. Previously, he served ten years as the head of the ECE department at the University of Minnesota, worked as a research assistant at the Center for Supercomputing Research and Development at the University of Illinois, and as a development engineer at Tandem Computers Incorporated in Cupertino, California. He received a FulbrightSenior Scholar Award to visit the University of Western Australia, was a visiting Professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and was awarded a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship by the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. He has chaired and served on the program committees of numerous conferences, and was a distinguished visitor of the IEEE Computer Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for contributions to the statistical analysis of computer performance. He also is a member of the ACM, and is a registered Professional Engineer.


Prof. Onur Mutlu, ETH Zurich and Carnegie Mellon University

Onur Mutlu is a Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich, with the the Systems Group. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where he held the Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Early Career Professorship.

His research is in computer architecture, systems, and bioinformatics. It spans and stretches the boundaries between applications, systems, languages, system software, compilers, and hardware. His research tackles many issues in high performance, energy efficiency, hardware security, fault tolerance, predictable systems, dependable systems, and hardware/software cooperation. He is especially excited about novel computation, communication and memory/storage paradigms, applied to emerging systems, technologies, and bioinformatics/medical applications. He is also excited about system design for bioinformatics and biologically inspired computing paradigms.

For more information, please see his research webpages at
Research Group at ETH: Systems Group
Research Group at CMU: SAFARI
Prof. José Martínez, Cornell University

José Martínez is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Graduate Field member of Computer Science. His research work has earned several awards; among them: two IEEE Micro Top Picks papers; a HPCA Best Paper Award, as well as HPCA and MICRO Best Paper finalists; a NSF CAREER Award; two IBM Faculty Awards; and the inaugural Computer Science Distinguished Educator Alumnus Award by the University of Illinois. On the teaching side, he has been recognized with two Kenneth A. Goldman '71 Excellence in Teaching Awards (2005 and 2014), a Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015), as a Merrill Presidential Teacher (2007 and 2016), and as the 2011 Tau Beta Pi Professor of the Year in the College of Engineering.

Prof. Martínez graduated in Computer Science & Engineering in 1996 from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, and earned MS (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A two-time recepient of the Spanish government's National Award for Academic Excellence, he held a four-year graduate fellowship from the Bank of Spain. While a graduate student at the UIUC, he was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Prof. Martínez is a member of the Computer Systems Laboratory and the Intelligent Information Systems Institute at Cornell. He is the Editor in Chief of IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, and senior member of the ACM and the IEEE. He also serves on the Advisory board of the Industry-Academia Partnership for architecture, networking, and storage needs of future data centers and cloud computing.

For more information, please see his webpage at

Dr. Robert Dick  
Dr. Robert Dick, Dept of Computer Science, University of Michigan 

Robert Dick is an Associate Professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. degree from Princeton University and his B.S. degree from Clarkson University. He was previously an Associate Professor at Northwestern University. He worked as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University's Department of Electronic Engineering and as a Visiting Researcher at NEC Labs America. Robert received an NSF CAREER award and won his department's Best Teacher of the Year award in 2004. His technology won a Computerworld Horizon Award in 2007. He served as a technical program subcommittee chair for the International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems and serves on the technical program committees of several embedded systems and CAD/VLSI conferences including CODES-ISSS, ICCAD, DATE, ASP-DAC, and GLSVLSI. Robert has published in the areas of embedded system synthesis, embedded operating systems, dynamic power management, low-power and temperature-aware integrated circuit design, data compression, reliability, behavioral synthesis, and mobile ad-hoc network protocols.


Prof. David Brooks, Harvard University

David Brooks is a Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He joined Harvard in 2002 after spending one year as a research staff member at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University.

Professor Brooks has received several honors and awards including the 2011 ACM Maurice-Wilkes Award, NSF CAREER award, IBM Faculty Partnership Award, and DARPA Young Faculty Award. He has received best paper awards at MICRO and HPCA and has had five papers selected for IEEE Micro’s “Top Picks in Volume I Technical & Management Proposal 52 Computer Architecture” since 2005. His research interests include technology-aware computer design, with an emphasis on power-efficient computer architectures for high-performance and embedded systems.


  Jim Ballingall, Cavium University Program Director 
Jim Ballingall is a 30-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, starting his career as a microelectronics scientist developing very long wave infrared sensors and millimeter wave transistors fabricated on epitaxial semiconducting superlattices. A long time advocate of industry collaboration with universities, his team at GE conducted the early R&D of PHEMT technology with the University of Illinois and Cornell, and deployed the devices for secure inter-satellite 60 GHz communication links. They also supplied the ultra-low noise PHEMT devices used by JPL (Cal Tech) in 1989 to receive the images of the planet Neptune transmitted by the 10 watt transmitter aboard Voyager II across 4 billion kilometers of space. The PHEMT quickly became the standard for X-band low noise amplifiers used in Direct Broadcast Satellite TV, and today is the low noise switch used in the RF front end of most mobile phones.

Jim held executive positions in general management and business development at Novellus, UMC and Marvell. He was CEO of GetSilicon, a venture-backed startup that merged with E2open in 2005. Most recently he ran Worldwide Marketing for Globalfoundries, a $4B silicon foundry serving the manufacturing needs of most major semiconductor companies, where he collaborated with IBM, Samsung, and ARM on 28nm, 20nm and 14nm semiconductor technology and design solutions.

Jim is the President of Ballingall Consulting, a consultancy that serves the semiconductor and IT industry. He founded the Industry-Academia Partnership that fosters technology cooperation and innovation between industry and the top universities globally to meet the computing, networking and storage needs of future data centers. He serves on the Committee for High Performance Computing of the IEEE Computer Society Educational Activities Board for multicore computing course development and instruction. He earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell. Jim resides with his family in Los Gatos, California.