Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SPARC at 25: Past, Present and Future


SPARC at 25: Past, Present and Future
Presented by the Computer History Museum Semiconductor Special Interest Group

This panel will discuss the origins and evolution of the SPARC processor on its 25th anniversary. When a small startup -- Sun Microsystems -- decided to develop their own microprocessor in the mid 1980's, it chose a Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC) architecture. The 1987 debut of the Sun-4, the first SPARC based computer, ignited meteoric growth at Sun and ultimately transformed the industry. The panelists will recollect the technical and business challenges of this revolutionary path, the risks and rewards of the development of multiple generations of increasingly complex chips, and the critical role of software. The panel will also address the current state of the market, and speculate on future challenges and opportunities.

Panelists presenting include industry giants:
Andy Bechtolsheim, Rick Hetherington, Bill Joy,David Patterson, Bernard Lacroute, Anant Argawal

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Event: 11:00 AM
Lunch: 12:00 Noon

Computer History Museum
1401 North Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, California 94043

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