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The BARDD Research Group

The BYU Architecture Research, Design, and Description Group investigates computer architecture. Our principal research interests lie in the realms of chip multiprocessor architecture, parallel optimization for chip multiprocessors, tools which allow computer architects to describe a system, and hardware synthesis from high-level specifications.

More information about the team and our research can be found using the tabs below.

NOTE: If you are seeking a summer internship, be aware that we do not hire summer interns.


Monday Jul 06, 2015

Apr 27, 2015: Eli Cahill joins the BARDD group

The BARDD group welcomes Eli Cahill to its ranks as an undergraduate research assistant.

May 1, 2014: Cameron Blocker, Glade Snyder, and Scott Russon join the BARDD group

The BARDD group welcomes Cameron Blocker, Glade Snyder, and Scott Russon to its ranks as undergraduate research assistants.

January 1, 2014: Ryan has finished his degree!

Zhuo Ruan (Ryan) has successfully defended his MS thesis. Congratulations, Ryan!

September 1, 2013: Michael Chamberlain joins the BARDD group

The BARDD group welcomes Michael Chamberlain to its ranks as a graduate research assistant and MS student.


The word bardd is a Welsh word meaning bard. A bard is an ancient Celtic poet, though William Shakespeare is sometimes referred to as "the Bard". At any rate, bardd made a good acronym which acknowledges Dr. Penry's Welsh ancestry and liking for Celtic music and poetry. Also, when mispronounced by English speakers, it sounds like what it means. (Bardd should be pronounced as "barth" where the "th" is voiced as in "this".) Finally, it gives a good name for the group members: bards. (In Welsh, the plural would actually be beirdd, but that's too much to expect people to remember.) And maybe someday we'll post some poetry....

Y gwir yn erbyn y byd ("The truth against the world") - old bardic saying

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