Professor of ECE

Faculty Director of IT Services

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Hamerschlag Hall A312
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA-15213
Phone: +1 412 268 8297
Fax: +1 412 268 3890
E-mail:  franzf at
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Video - Franz Franchetti: Turning Mathematics into Software
Franchetti’s Riff – Notes in Computer Engineering [OSTA Bridges Magazine]
CMU team gets $6M government grant to protect unmanned & high-end consumer autos from cyberattack [TribLIVE]
Österreichischer Forscher Franz Franchetti neuer ASCINA-Chef [derSTANDARD]
 ASciNA related [APA Science}
Skyscraper-style chip design boosts performance 1,000-fold []
Academic conferences: where diverse people inspire one another [The Circuit, Issue 2017, page 8]


Franz Franchetti is a full Professor (with indefinite tenure) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He received the Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.) degree in Technical Mathematics and the Dr. techn. (Ph.D.) degree in Computational Mathematics from the Vienna University of Technology in 2000 and 2003, respectively. In 2006 he was member of the team winning the Gordon Bell Prize (Peak Performance Award) and in 2010 he was member of the team winning the HPC Challenge Class II Award (most productive system). In 2013 he was awarded the CIT Dean's Early Career Fellowship by the College of Engineering of Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Franchetti's research focuses on automatic performance tuning and program generation for emerging parallel platforms and algorithm/hardware co-synthesis. He targets multicore CPUs, clusters and high-performance systems (HPC), graphics processors (GPUs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), FPGA-acceleration for CPUs, and logic-in-memory and 3DIC chip design.  Within the Spiral effort, his research goal is to enable automatic generation of highly optimized software libraries for important kernel functionality. In other collaborative research threads, Dr. Franchetti is investigating the applicability of domain-specific transformations within standard compilers and the application of HPC in smart grids and material sciences. He leads three DARPA projects in the BRASS, HACMS, and PERFECT programs and is PI/Co-PI on a number of federal and industry grants.

Dr. Franchetti is Faculty Director of Information Technology Services in the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also CTO and Co-Founder of Spiral Gen, Inc., a Pittsburgh area startup that commercializes the Spiral technology. Previously, he has been Thrust Leader of the Security Thrust in Carnegie Mellon’s SRC Smart Grid Research Center and Faculty Senator for the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon.

Professor Franchetti is the current President of the Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America (ASciNA), and leads the ASciNA Western Pennsylvania chapter. Please contact him if you are an Austrian academic in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Franz has been playing the electric guitar on-stage in various rock bands since 1993. Watch him perform live or visit Wr. Neustadt’s newcomer festival SCHMU, where he performed and served as stage engineer.

Selected Talks

F. Franchetti
Formal Software Synthesis of Computational Kernels
Schloss Dagstuhl: Dagstuhl Seminars, Summer 2017

Selected Publications

M. Püschel, F. Franchetti, Y. Voronenko
Encyclopedia of Parallel Computing, D. A. Padua (Editor).

F. Franchetti, Y. Voronenko, S. Chellappa, J. M. F. Moura, and M. Püschel
Discrete Fourier Transform on Multicores: Algorithms and Automatic Implementation
In IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, special issue on “Signal Processing on Platforms with Multiple Cores”, 2009.

F. Franchetti, F. de Mesmay, Daniel McFarlin, and M. Püschel
Operator Language: A Program Generation Framework for Fast Kernels
Proceedings of IFIP Working Conference on Domain Specific Languages (DSL WC), 2009.
Best Paper Award.

B. Akin, F. Franchetti, J. C. Hoe
Data Reorganization in Memory Using 3D-stacked DRAM
42nd International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA), 2015.

T. Popovici, F. Russell, K. Wilkinson, C-K. Skylaris, P. H. J. Kelly, F. Franchetti
Generating Optimized Fourier Interpolation Routines for Density Function Theory Using SPIRAL
29th International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) 2015.

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