Rachit Nigam

Rachit Pronunciation: Ruh-CHIT. Rhymes with “crutch-it”. ’a’s at the start of many Indian names are actually ’u’s. Nigam is a PhD student studying computer science at Cornell University. He is a part of the CAPRA and PL@Cornell research groups and is advised by Adrian Sampson. His research (Dahlia, Calyx) is focused on building high-level programming models for designing hardware accelerators. He previously worked in the PLASMA research group at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Arjun Guha.

Dec ’21

Gave a guest lecture for Wellesley’s programming languages course.

Oct ’21

Gave a talk on Calyx to the UW PLSE group.

Sep ’21

Short paper on the Calyx Interactive Debugger accepted to WOSET 21.

May ’21

Proposed my thesis and advanced to candidacy.





Jan ’22
Dear Sir, You Have Built a Compiler
Sweetly addressed to those who did not want to build a compiler
Jan ’22
Personal Infrastructure for PhD Students
PhD candidate provides ways to procrastinate
Mar ’21
Commoditize the Complement of Your Research
PhD student espouses economic theories he does not understand.
Feb ’21
Languages, Tools, and Techniques for Accelerator Design
PhD student wants other people to solve his research.
Apr ’20
Compiling for the Reconfigurable Future
PhD student laments that computers are not fast enough.