Parallel Computing Finally Impact Mainstream Computing?
Friday April 1, 2005
Intel Research Pittsburgh
417 S. Craig Street, 3rd Floor
University of Maryland
Motivated, since 1979, by the grand, but so far mostly elusive,
challenge of reducing the completion time of a single computing
task by way of parallelism, the main concrete motivating question
guiding U. Vishkin's research has been "how to think in parallel?".
New paradigms and methodologies for the development of parallel
algorithms that U. Vishkin has been a participant in developing
are represented in textbooks on the design of algorithms. In the
most cited review publications on parallel algorithms the percentage
of references to works that U. Vishkin co-authored is 10% to 20%.
He also made contributions to the development and understanding
of underlying principles for the evolving generation of parallel
computer systems. An international speaker, U. Vishkin has authored,
or co-authored, over 130 publications, including several patents.
He is Fellow of the ACM.
Uzi Vishkin is a permanent member of the University of Maryland
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and Professor of Electrical
and Computer Engineering since 1988. He was Professor of Computer
Science at the Technion in Israel in 2000-2001. Previously, he was
Professor of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University, Israel, where
he was Chair of the Computer Science Department in 1987-8 and Professor
since 1988. He received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics
from the Hebrew University 1974 and 1975, respectively, and the
D.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Technion in 1981. He was
a Postdoctoral Fellow at IBM T.J. Watson Research, and was with
the Courant Institute, New York University, from 1982 till 1988.