Computer Systems Laboratory Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, November 15, 2000
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

The Alpha So Far:
Evolution of Alpha Microprocessor Microarchitectures

Allen J. Baum
Compaq Computer Corp.
About the talk:
When the Alpha microprocessor was first announced, it was said that this architecture was designed so that its performance could scale by a factor of one thousand, via instruction level parallelism, multiprocessor parallelism, and clock speed.

Three generations of Alpha microprocessors have been delivered, and two more are under development. In this talk we'll talk about just what has been done to address the promise of scalability.

Compaq announced June 26-th that the Alpha will be phased out in favor of the Intel Itanium processor.
Click here for the New York Times article. -dra

About the speaker:

Allen Baum has 26 years experience in processor design at Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, and Digital Equipment Corp./Compaq, where he has been employed since 1996. He is currently a design engineer in the Alpha Development Group. Earlier he worked on processor and systems architecture for the StrongArm SA1500 at DEC, RISC architecture development for Apple, ARM8 architecture at ARM for Apple, and was one the original PA RISC architecture team at Hewlett-Packard.

At Apple, Allen was architect of the Apple II I/O system and co-author of its monitor ROM. He holds 19 patents in the area of processor architectures.

Allen received his B.S.E.E and M.S.E.E (1974) degrees in electrical engineering from M.I.T.

Contact information:

Allen J. Baum
Compaq Computer Corp.
130 Lytton Ave, UCP-1
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 853-6626
(650) 853-6513