Dr. William Dally


William Dally received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Caltech.

Bill and his group have developed system architecture, network architecture, signaling, routing, and synchronization technology that can be found in most large parallel computers today. While at Bell Telephone Laboratories Bill contributed to the design of the BELLMAC32 microprocessor and designed the MARS hardware accelerator. He was a Research Assistant and then a Research Fellow at Caltech where he designed the MOSSIM Simulation Engine and the Torus Routing Chip which pioneered wormhole routing and virtual-channel flow control. While a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he and his group built the J-Machine and the M-Machine, experimental parallel computer systems that pioneered the separation of mechanisms from programming models and demonstrated very low overhead mechanisms for synchronization and communication. Bill has worked with Cray Research and Intel to incorporate many of these innovations in commercial parallel computers and with Avici Systems to incorporate this technology into internet routers. Bill is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University where he leads projects on high-speed signaling, multiprocessor architecture, and graphics architecture. He has published over 80 papers in these areas and is an author of the textbook, Digital Systems Engineering.

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