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Stanford president to discuss computer architecture, April 15

John Hennessy, president of Stanford University, will speak on "Perspectives on High-Performance Computer Architecture: History and Challenges" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in McCosh 50.

A pioneer in computer architecture, Hennessy drew together researchers in 1981 to focus on a computer architecture known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), a technology that has revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. In addition to leading the basic research, he helped transfer this technology to industry.

In 1984, he cofounded MIPS Computer Systems, now MIPS Technologies, which designs microprocessors. In recent years, his research has focused on the architecture of high-performance computers.

The talk is designated as the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture and is part of the University's Public Lectures Series . It will be Webcast live.

Contact: Eric Quinones(609) 258-3601

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