Hi, I'm

Jackson Woodruff

Assistant Professor, University of Edinburgh


Under Construction :) (in the meantime, enjoy ponyhenge)

Interested in working with me? Great! See the "me" section for more details


Jackson Woodruff, Sam Ainsworth, Michael F.P. O'Boyle, Secco: Codesign for Resource Sharing in Regular Expression Accelerators, ASP-DAC 2024 PDF Code

Jordi Armengol-Estapé, Jackson Woodruff, Chris Cummins, Michael F.P. O'Boyle, SLaDe: A Portable Small Language Model Decompiler for Optimized Assemnbler, CGO 2024 Paper

Jackson Woodruff, Thomas Koehler, Alexander Brauckmann, Chris Cummins, Sam Ainsworth, Michael F.P. O'Boyle, Rewriting History: Repurposing Domain-Specific CGRAs, Arxiv PDF Code

José Wesley de Souza Magalhães, Jackson Woodruff, Elizabeth Polgreen, Michael F.P. O'Boyle, C2TACO: Lifting Tensor Code to TACO, GPCE 2023 Paper Code

Winner of GPCE Best Paper Award

Jackson Woodruff, David Schall, Michael F.P. O'Boyle, Christopher Woodruff, When does saving power save the planet?, HotCarbon 2023 Paper

Jackson Woodruff, Chris Cummins, Designing CGRAs with Deep Reinforcement Learning, DoSSA 2023 Paper Code

Pablo Antonio Martínez, Jackson Woodruff, Jordi Armengol-Estapé, Gregorio Bernabé, José Manuel García, Michael F.P. O'Boyle, Matching linear algebra and tensor code to specialized hardware accelerators, CC 2023 Preprint

Jackson Woodruff, Jordi Armengol-Estapé, Sam Ainsworth, Michael F.P. O'Boyle, Bind the Gap: Compiling Real Software to Hardware FFT Accelerators, PLDI 2022 Preprint Code Talk

Jordi Armengol-Estapé, Jackson Woodruff, Alexander Bruachkmann, José Wesley de Souza Magalhães, Michael F. P. O'Boyle, ExeBench: an ML-scale dataset of executable C functions, MAPS@PLDI 2022 Paper

Noa Zilberman, Andrew W Moore, Billy Cooper, Jackson Woodruff, Yuta Tokusashi, Pietro Bressana, Murali Ramanujam, Salvator Galea, NRG: A Netwrok Perspective on Applications' Performance, TMA 2021 PDF

Jackson Woodruff, Michael F. P. O'Boyle, New Regular Expressions on Old Accelerators, 58th Design Automation Conference, 2021. Preprint Code

Bruce Collie, Philip Ginsbach, Jackson Woodruff, Ajitha Rajan, Michael F. P. O'Boyle, M3: Semantic API Migrations, International Conference on Automated Software Engineering, 2020. PDF

Bruce Collie, Jackson Woodruff, Michael F.P. O'Boyle, Modeling black-box components with probabilistic synthesis, International Conference on Generative Programming: Concepts and Experiences, 2020. PDF Evaluation Code
Winner of GPCE Best Paper Award

Jackson Woodruff, Andrew W Moore, Noa Zilberman, Measuring Burstiness in Data Center Applications, Buffers Workshop 2019. PDF

Jackson Woodruff, Murali Ramanumjam, Noa Zilberman, P4DNS: In-Network DNS, EuroP4 2019. PDF Code Video
(Also presented at ICIN 2020 and IETF Meeting 107 to the COIN sub-group)
Winner of the Xilinx Open Hardware Award 2020


Jackson Woodruff, Acceleration for the many, not the few, PhD Thesis, 2024 (To Appear)

Jackson Woodruff, Analyzing data center applications using high precision packet traces, Master's Dissertation, 2019. PDF

Jackson Woodruff, An Optimizing Compiler for ML, Undergraduate Dissertation, 2018. PDF Code


Jackson Woodruff, Michael F.P. O'Boyle, Rewriting in Modern Compilers, HiPEAC ACASES Summer School, 2023

Jackson Woodruff, Compiler Support for Hardware Accelerators, Arm Virtual Conference, 2021

Murali Ramanujam, Jackson Woodruff, Andrew W Moore and Noa Zilberman, "Reproducible Cloud Measurements", poster, Google Networking Research Summit, March 2019.

Jackson Woodruff, How to give a talk: annotated bibliography, unpublished 2019. PDF

Jackson Woodruff, How to give a talk (Talk at the Churchill CompSci Talk Series, 2019 Recording (Youtube))

I'm Jackson Woodruff

I'm a lecturer (assistant professor) at the University of Edinburgh working on compilers for hardware accelerators.

Currently Recruiting PhD Students, if interested send me an email.

Research Interests:

  • How do we make hardware accelerators easy to use?
  • How can we improve existing programming models (in particular, APIs and DSLs)?
  • How do we make it easier to build compilers for hardware accelerators?
  • What tools do programmers need to use hardware accelerators?
  • How can we use compilers to co-design hardware?
  • Can we leverage hardware accelerators to reduce carbon emissions?

J.C.Woodruff [at] sms.ed.ac.uk CV


  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of Edinburgh, 2024-
  • University of Cambridge, BA and MEng, 2015-2019
  • University of Edinburgh, PhD + Postdoc, 2019-
  • Meta AI, FAIR Labs Intern, 2022
  • MIT, Visitor, 2023-24
  • Arm Intern, 2017 and 2018


  • Best Paper Award, GPCE 2023
  • Xilinx Open Hardware Award, 2020
  • Best Paper Award, GPCE 2020
  • Distinguished Talk Award, Churchill College Computer Science Talks Series, 2017 and 2018
  • Magdalene College Prize for Computer Science, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Magdalene College Academic Scholarship, 2016-2017, 2018-2019, 2019-2020
  • Top 50 A-Level Computer Science Student in the UK, 2015