Welcome to the website of the HPC Architecture and Application Research Center, our virtual showcase space where we would like to let you know what we do and the reason why we do it. This website presents the research projects we are conducting, publications and materials we publish, and the events and activities we participate in. We believe that research areas and the field of study we are working in are crucial to solving some of the global challenges the world is facing, and the invaluable team members of our Center are the ones who can give their wholehearted contribution in trying to tackle those challenges.
How We Started
The Center was founded in 2008 with the purpose of connecting the researchers and their potential in a common goal: working on the design of high-performance, energy-efficient, application-specific computing systems. The Center operates within the Department of Control and Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. In addition to teaching duties some of our members are fulfilling, we realized that a common space was needed to enable us to focus our interests in HPC and connect the research projects we have been conducting. Under the guidance of prof. dr. sc. Mario Kovač, the team started off their activities by proposing and developing numerous research projects – in EU- and national-funded programs, as well as projects with industry.
Prof. Mario Kovač, Ph.D., Director
Prof. Mario Kovač is a full professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER), University of Zagreb, Croatia. In 1990 and 1991 he received a VLSI and Computer Architecture Scholarship at the University of South Florida, and he subsequently received the Fulbright Award in 1993. He holds several patents including US patents in multimedia systems and architecture domains. In 2008, the Croatian President awarded him with the Medal of Honor "Order of Danica Hrvatska with the image of Ruđer Bošković" for special merit in science. He currently holds several positions: Chief Communications Officer (CCO) at European Processor Initiative; Expert member of Governing Board as well as Research and Innovation Advisory Group Observer Member at EuroHPC Joint Undertaking; Director HPC Architectures and Applications Research Center at FER. He is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society.
Assoc. Prof. Josip Knezović, Ph.D., Vice-president
Josip Knezović is an Associate Professor at the Department of Automation and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Zagreb in 2009.
His research interests are energy-efficient, high-performance and embedded computing systems, architecture, and applications. He teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of computer architecture, embedded systems, and parallel programming.
He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.
Personal page: http://www.fer.unizg.hr/rasip/jknezovic
Asst. Prof. Daniel Hofman, Ph.D., Vice-president
Daniel Hofman received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Zagreb (UNIZG) in 2015. He is currently holding the position of Assistant Professor at the Department of Control and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, UNIZG. His research interests focus on many-core architectures, Network on Chip (NoC) and multimedia processing. He is a co/author of several book chapters and journal and conference papers. He led several domestic research projects and participated in international research projects (FP7, Horizon 2020-FET, Eureka, etc.). He teaches a number of undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. courses in the field of computer architectures, multimedia processing, embedded systems and parallel processing. He received the “Vera Johanides” award from the Croatian Academy of Engineering (HATZ) in 2017 and the "Roberto Giannini" award from FER for excellence in teaching and working with students in 2018. He is a senior member of the IEEE, vice-chair of the Computer Chapter of the IEEE Croatia Section, and a member of the HiPEAC network.