Robert P. Colwell
2005 Eckert-Mauchly Award Recipient
“For outstanding achievements in the design and implementation of industry-changing micro-architectures, and for significant contributions to the RISC/CISC architecture debate”
Bob Colwell was Intel's chief IA32 microprocessor architect from 1992-2000, and managed the IA32 Arch group in Intel's Hillsboro, Oregon facility through the P6 and Pentium 4 projects. He was named the Eckert-Mauchly award winner for 2005, the highest honor in the field of computer architecture, for "outstanding achievements in the design and implementation of industry-changing microarchitectures, and for significant contributions to the RISC/CISC architecture debate."
He was named an Intel Fellow in 1996. Previously, Colwell was a CPU architect at VLIW pioneer Multiflow Computer, a hardware design engineer at workstation vendor Perq Systems, and a member of technical staff at Bell Labs. He has published many technical papers and journal articles, is inventor or co-inventor on 40+ patents, and has participated in numerous panel sessions and invited talks.
He is the Perspectives editor for IEEE Computer Magazine, and wrote the At Random column 2002-2005. He is currently an independent consultant. Colwell holds the BSEE degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and the MSEE and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.