OLUKOTUN, Oyekunle Ayinde

Oyekunle (Kunle) Ayinde Olukotun is well known for leading the Stanford Hydra research project which developed one of the first chip multiprocessors with support for thread-level speculation (TLS). He is a cadence design systems professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University, and the director of the Standford Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory. In 2000, while a professor at Stanford, Kunle 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 was one of the architects of the 2005 UltraSPARC T1 processor. In 2008, he returned to Stanford and founded the Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory. Kunle 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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Co-Founder, SambaNova Systems; Member, Board of Advisors of UDC; Professor, Electrical engineering and Computer science, Stanford University; Director, Standford Pervasive Parallelism Laboratory (PPL); Member, Data Analytics for What’s Next (DAWN) Lab.

Previous Appointments:

– Visiting Professor, Oracle’s Processor and Network Products, 2002-2017;

– Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery, 2006;
– Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer, 2008.


– Recipient, Michigan Engineering Alumni Merit Award, 2017;
– Recipient, IEEE Computer Society 2018 Harry H. Goode Award, 2018.

Kunle holds 12 U.S. Patents and has published more than 150 scientific papers;

– K. Olukotun, L. Hammond, J. Laudon: Chip Multiprocessor Architecture: Techniques to Improve Throughput and Latency, Synthesis Lectures on Computer Architecture by Morgan Claypool Publishers, 2007;
– S. W. Keckler, K. Olukotun, and H. P. Hofstee: Multicore Processors and Systems by Springer Publishing Company, Inc., 2009;

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