Issue No. 11 - November (1999 vol. 32)
<p>A legend in computer architecture and perhaps best known as a pioneer of ideas that led to reduced instruction set computing, John Cocke has designed machines that still influence processor design today. In conjunction with his winning the inaugural Seymour Cray award, Computer interviewed Cocke in his Westchester, New York, home. Computer talked to Cocke about how he became interested in computers and the projects for which he is famous: the IBM Stretch, Advanced Computer System (ACS), and the 801, RS6000, and PowerPC processors. The project to build the 801 (one of the first RISC processors) used the code-name America. Cocke recounts how he chose the name based on a story about the first America's Cup yacht race. In the interview, Cocke expresses his opinions on the prospects for parallel computing, quantum computing, and future computer architectures.</p>
B. Shriver and P. Capek, "Just Curious: An Interview with John Cocke," in Computer, vol. 32, no. , pp. 34-41, 1999.