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Since joining Boston University in 2001, a primary focus of Martinís work has been various aspects of high-performance computing using accelerators such as FPGAs and GPUs:applications, including bioinformatics, molecular docking, molecular dynamics, and computational electrodynamics; development environments; and architecture of accelerator-centric clusters, i.e., compute clusters where accelerators communicate with each other directly.This work is being supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Lab, and various industrial partners.Other projects underway include methods for power and thermal aware application development (supported by the MGHPCC) and HPC in the Cloud (with the Massachusetts Open Cloud).Recently completed work has involved fault-tolerant computation in space (supported by the Naval Research Lab) and in mapping algorithms to FPGA-based clusters (supported by the MIT Lincoln Lab).Martin is a Fellow of the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and affiliated with the Center for Computational Science.

Previously, Martin was on the faculty of the University of Houston (1994 to 2001), where he founded the Computer Architecture and Automated Design research group, which was funded by grants from the Compaq Computer Corporation (now part of HP), the National Science Foundation (including a CAREER grant), and the THECB through the Advanced Technology Program.In 1999 he was a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research investigating issues in supercomputer interconnection networks.Martin was the Associate Director for Operations of the Texas Center for Computational and Information Sciences from 1997-2001.  He received the 2000-2001 College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Research.

Martin received the B.A. degree in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. At the University of Massachusetts, he was twice an IBM Doctoral Fellow and also an ARPA Doctoral Fellow. Before that, Martin was at GCA Corporation, the inventor of production semiconductor chip fabrication, where he held various positions including project manager for control systems software and staff scientist for alignment systems.

Martin is the author or co-author of 7 book chapters and more than 100 refereed papers, and has given more than 50 invited seminars and colloquia. He has received multiple best paper awards (Int. Conf. on Field Programmable Logic and Applications,Int. Conf. on Computer Design) and 10 best paper nominations.  Martin was the recipient of an IBM Faculty Award in 2008 for excellence in research.  He has been active with various conferences, particularly IPDPS, FCCM, and FPL.Together with Chip Weems, Martin was General Chair of the 2013 edition (27th) of the International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, and together with Miriam Leeser is the General Chair of the 2014 edition (22nd) of the IEEE International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines.