2001 Byron Bird Award: James Smith

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James E. SmithJames Smith
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

James Smith’s award recognizes the fundamental contributions of his research publications and patent in the development of high speed, high performance microprocessors. Twenty years ago, a microprocessor with 100,000 transistors could execute the instructions of a program one at a time, taking tens of clock cycles. Today, microprocessors hold tens of millions of transistors and execute multiple instructions in a single clock cycle. Smith’s work contributed innovations in computer architecture that made possible this improvement to instruction processing rates.