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Guang R. Gao is a computer scientist and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University Delaware. Additionally, Professor Gao is a founder and Chief Scientist of ETI (ET International Inc., Newark, Delaware). Education and early life
Gao has received a strict education from early childhood both in traditional knowledge of Chinese history and culture, as well as in western science and English. Gao has shown his strong interests and curiosity in science subjects, and received his education in the elite Tsinghua University in Beijing. In Jan. 1980, Gao has left China and pursued his graduate education in the United States. He received his Master and Ph.D degree in 1982 and 1986 respectively both in Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -- the first from mainland China. Career and legacy
Gao has devoted a majority of his research and academic careers in carrying on the legacy of the MIT dataflow model research that he has participated and contributed during his Ph.D project under Prof. Jack. B. Dennis and Arvind. The legacy of Gao’s own research is to show that the fundamental value of the dataflow model of computation can be effectively explored and efficiently realized – and the superiority dataflow can be demonstrated even in parallel computer systems that are made of classical microprocessors with von-Neumann architectures and other components. To this end, Gao has led a series of parallel architecture and system projects where various aspects of dataflow models are improved and integrated in the design and implementation – ranging from innovations in programming paradigms, architecture features, and system software technology, including novel program optimization and runtime system techniques. Gao’s contribution is recognized by receiving the ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow in 2007. Through 35+ years persistent R&D and entrepreneur effort – Gao and his students have propelled the impact of dataflow model inspired technology of computation beyond their laboratory in the US to other parts of the world including EU and Asia.
The legacy of Gao’s work has also been associated with his entrepreneur effort applying his dataflow R&D results for real world applications through ETI (ET International Inc.). A unique achievement of Gao’s team at ETI is its critical role in the now legendary supercomputing system project – funded by DoD and IBM - known as IBM Cyclops-64 Supercomputer . The success on Cyclops64 supercomputer is recognized by the selection of ETI as winner of a Supercomputing disruptive technology award in 2007 (ETInternational Projects) as one of the largest supercomputer build on many-core chip technology at that time and in production use in real world. More recently, Gao is a founder and chairman of the IEEE/CS Dataflow STC – the Special Interested Community of Parallel Model and System: Dataflow and Beyond . As a result, Gao has chaired the SISA Workshop held in Japan in 2016– This was the first international meeting Dataflow STC has engaged and supported.
Gao is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow. He has been awarded an Endowed Named Professorship of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Delaware. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award of Oversee Scholars - a prestigious award given by the CCF (Chinese Computer Federation).