Keynote Speak 2


In Memory of Bob Rau


Michael Schlansker

Hewlett-Packard Laboratories


This talk will follow the career of Bob Rau through over 25 years of dedicated and creative contribution in the fields of computer architecture, compilers, and automated computer design.


It is very sad that the life of a great talent and kind person has reached a sudden and early demise. But, it would be Bobís wishes that this commemorative should focus on positive and constructive lessons that can be observed from his life. This talk is about optimism. Creative talent and hard work were two great tools that Bob used throughout his career but optimism and vision really raised Bobís ability to the next level. Without his foresight and ability to pursue a steady course through difficult times many of his successes would have never been achieved.


This talk is about technological research. Bobís chosen fields of study evolved out of a deep enthusiasm and curiosity for computer architecture. Computing was his passion and his playground. He pursued it to satisfy both professional and recreational needs. Bob was a scholar who lived and promoted the scientific research process. Bob understood the importance of studying prior work and he understood the importance of putting new research in proper perspective within a history of prior work.


For many years, the MICRO conference was very close to the center of much of Bobís enthusiasm. He deeply appreciated and contributed to the style of computer architecture that MICRO sponsored. MICRO provided a balance of forward-looking innovation and scientific method that helped to satisfy his curiosity about the future of computing.


Bob was a leader whose efforts influenced many people and organizations. Decades of technical leadership cultivated a deep respect among a large community of people who understood what he had already accomplished and what he might again accomplish in the future. This talk will provide an overview of a career of technical contribution and explain how talent, hard work, vision, and optimism can combine to provide broad and visible impact on a large community of research and product engineers.


Speaker Bio:


Mike Schlansker earned his PhD from the University of Michigan after which he joined the University of Illinois as an assistant professor. Mike then left academia to join TRW where he designed parallel architectures for digital signal processing. Mike then joined Cydrome as manager of computer architecture where work focused on the development of architecture and compiler technologies for mini-supercomputers. Mike joined Hewlett-Packard laboratories where his research focused on VLIW architectures for general-purpose computing and the needed compiler technology. This work resulted in the definition of EPIC architectures that provide a foundation for Intel/HP IA-64. More recently, Mike participated in the design of PICO (Program In Chip Out). PICO generates custom systolic and VLIW processors for highly-specific applications. Mike's current research focuses on configurable software and hardware system architectures to support the needs of large data centers.


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