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Guang Gao

Guang Gao

Computer scientist
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University Delaware
Founder and Chief Scientist of ETI (ET International Inc., Newark, Delaware)
Deleware, USA

Biography:

Education and early life
Gao has received a strict education from early childhood both in traditional knowledge of Chinese history and culture, as well as in western science and English. Gao has shown his strong interests and curiosity in science subjects, and received his education in the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing. In Jan. 1980, Gao has left China and pursued his graduate education in the United States. He received his Master and Ph.D degree in 1982 and 1986 respectively both in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -- the first from mainland China.

Career and legacy
Gao has began his academic career in the west as a junior faculty member at McGill University in 1987 -- at a time that the computer science community has a wide spread doubt on the future of parallel computing in general and dataflow model of parallel computation in particular.

Gao has devoted a majority of his research and academic careers in carrying on the legacy of the MIT dataflow model research that he has participated and contributed during his Ph.D project under Prof. Jack. B. Dennis and Arvind. The legacy of Gao’ own research is to show that the fundamental value of the dataflow model of computation can be effectively explored and efficiently realized – and the superiority dataflow can be demonstrated even in parallel computer systems that are made of classical microprocessors with von-Neumann architectures and other components. To this end, Gao has led a series of parallel architecture and system projects where various aspects of datalow models are improved and integrated in the design and implementation – ranging from innovations in programming paradigms, architecture features, system software technology, including novel program optimization and runtime system techniques. Gao’s contribution is recognized by receiving the ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow in 2007.

The legacy of Gao’s work has also been associated with his entrepreneur effort to initiate the technology transfer and commercialization of the dataflow R&D results for real world applications through ETI (ET International Inc.). ETI is a company started in 2000 as a University of Delaware spinoff with Gao as its co-founder. A unique achievement of Gao’s team at ETI is its critical role in the now legendary supercomputing system project – funded by DoD and IBM - known as IBM Cyclops-64 Supercomputer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclops64.

The success on Cyclops64 supercomputer is recognized by the selection ETI as winner of a Supercomputing disruptive technology award in 2007 (http://www.etinternational.com/index.php/projects/) as one of the largest supercomputer build on many-core chip technology at that time and in production use in real world.

Through 35+ years persistent R&D and entrepreneur effort – Gao and his students have propelled the impact of dataflow model inspired technology of computation beyond their laboratory in the US to other parts of the world including EU and Asia.