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EAC Focus
Bill Wulf

Professor, Computer Science, University of Virginia Chair, CRPC External Advisory Committee

Bill Wulf has had a long history of leadership in the computer research community. His career spans a wide range of roles in industry, government, and academia. Wulf was founder, chairman, and CEO of Tartan Laboratories, a mid-size company specializing in optimizing compilers, notably for the Ada programming language. From 1988-90, he was assistant director of the National Science Foundation, where he headed the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering and was deeply involved in the development of the High Performance Computing and Communication Initiative and in the formative discussions of the National Information Infrastructure.

Wulf has also served on the faculty of Carnegie-Mellon University where he pursued research in programming systems and computer architecture, particularly the design and implementation of a systems-implementation language (Bliss), architectural design of the DEC PDP-11, the design and construction of a 16-processor multiprocessor and its operating system, a new approach to computer security, and development of a technology for the construction of high-quality optimizing compilers. While at Carnegie -Mellon, he helped found the Pittsburgh High Technology Council and served as an advisor to the Western Pennsylvania Advanced Technology Network Center.

Currently, Wulf is the AT&T Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia, where he is helping to revise the undergraduate computer science curriculum, assisting humanities scholars as they exploit information technology, and continuing his research in computer security and architecture. Among his outside activities, he chairs the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. Wulf is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAS. Recently, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Computing Research Association.

As chair of the CRPC's External Advisory Committee (EAC), Wulf plays a central role in guiding the management of the CRPC. Commenting on the role of the EAC on center management, Wulf said, "The distributed nature of this center raises special issues not faced by a center housed at a single university. I think that the EAC can be helpful in getting through those issues effectively."

Wulf sees parallel computation as "one of the most difficult and important technical areas of computing in the foreseeable future. The CRPC has already established itself as a nexus of expertise on this problem, and I expect that status to continue to expand. The future is very bright for the center, but more importantly, it is brighter for the field of parallel computing because of the CRPC's existence."

Editor's note: each issue of Parallel Computing Research will profile a member of the CRPC's External Advisory Committee (EAC). See related article.

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