Burton J. Smith

2003 Seymour Cray Award Recipient
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“For ingenious and sustained contributions to designs and implementations at the frontier of high performance computing and especially for sustained championing of the use of multithreading to enable parallel execution and overcome latency and to achieve high performance in industrially significant products”


Burton J. Smith is one of Cray Inc.’s co-founders and has been their Chief Scientist and a Director since early 1988. He served as their Chairman from 1988 to June 1999. He is a recognized authority on high performance computer architecture and programming languages for parallel computers. He is the principal architect of the MTA system and heads Cray’s Cascade project.

Mr. Smith was a Fellow of the Supercomputing Research Center (now Center for Computing Sciences), a division of the Institute for Defense Analyses, from 1985 to 1988. He was honored in 1990 with the Eckert-Mauchly Award given jointly by the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery, and was elected a Fellow of both organizations in 1994. In February 2003 he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Mr. Smith received S.M., E.E. and Sc.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.