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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.


Saturday Mar 17, 2018

Dec 2, 2015: FAMEbuilder 1.0 is released

Version 1.0 of FAMEbuilder has been released to the public; more information can be found here.

Oct 19, 2015: Dr. Penry presents paper at ICCCD 2015

Dr. Penry presented Improving the Interface Performance of Structural FAME Simulators through Scheduling on October 19 at the 2015 International Conference on Computer Design held in New York City, NY.

Sep 1, 2015: Connor Smith and Gustavo Rodriguez join the BARDD group

The BARDD group welcomes Connor Smith to its ranks as an undergraduate research assistant and Gustavo Rodriguez as a graduate research assistant and MS student.

June 12, 2015: Michael has finished his degree!

Michael Chamberlain has successfully defended his MS thesis. Congratulations, Michael!


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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