Kunle OlukotunAfrican Inventors
Oyekunle Ayinde (Kunle) Olukotun, from Nigeria, is a pioneer of multi-core processors, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University and director of the Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory at Stanford. In the mid-1990s, Kunle Olukotun and his co-authors argued that multi-core computer processors were likely to make better use of hardware than existing superscalar designs. In 2000, while a professor at Stanford, he founded Afara Websystems, a company that designed and manufactured multi-core SPARC-based computer processors for data centers.
Afara was purchased by Sun Microsystems in 2002. At Sun, Kunle Olukotun was one of the architects of the 2005 UltraSPARC T1 processor. In 2008, he returned to Stanford and founded the Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory at Stanford. His recent work focuses on domain-specific programming languages that can allow algorithms to be easily adapted to multiple different types of parallel hardware, including multi-core systems, graphics processing units, and field-programmable gate arrays.
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