Austin and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Rens-selaer Polytechnic Institute.
Katherine Yelick is a professor in the Computer Science Division of the University of California, Berkeley. The main goal of her research is to develop techniques for obtaining high performance on a wide array of computational platforms and to ease the programming effort required to obtain performance. Dr. Yelick is perhaps best known for her efforts in global address space (GAS) languages, which attempt to present the programmer with a shared-memory model for parallel programming. Those efforts have led to the design of Unified Parallel C (UPC), which merged some of the ideas of three shared-address-space dialects of C: Split-C, AC (from IDA), and PCP (from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory). In recent years, UPC has gained recognition as an alternative to message-passing programming for large-scale machines. Compaq, Sun, Cray, HP, and SGI are implementing UPC, and she is currently leading a large effort at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to implement UPC on Linux clusters and IBM machines and to develop new optimizations. The language provides a uniform programming model for both shared and distributed memory hardware. She has also worked on other global-address-space languages, such as Titanium, which is based on Java. She has done notable work on single-processor optimizations, including techniques for automatically optimizing sparse matrix algorithms for memory hierarchies. Another field that she has worked in is architectures for memory-intensive applications and in particular the use of mixed logic, which avoids the off-chip accesses to DRAM, thereby gaining bandwidth while lowering latency and energy consumption. In the IRAM project, a joint effort with David Patterson, she developed an architecture to take advantage of this technology. The IRAM processor is a single-chip system designed for low power and high performance in multimedia applications and achieves an estimated 6.4 gigaops per second in a 2-W design. Dr. Yelick received her bachelor’s degree (1985), master’s degree (1985), and PhD (1991) in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lynette I. Millett is a senior program officer and study director at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), National Research Council of the National Academies. She currently directs several CSTB projects, including a study to advise the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service on future information systems architectures and a study examining opportunities for computing research to help meet sus-