John L. Gustafson Author of Evaluating Organization Development

John L. Gustafson

Ceranovo, Inc

I am an applied mathematician and applied physicist with wide-ranging interests that include music, origami, woodworking, and gardening. The work I am known best for involves parallel processing and performance evaluation; the thousand-fold speedups my colleagues and I achieved on a 1024-processor system at Sandia National Laboratories changed people's mind about the practicality of parallel computing. Now I am attempting a similar watershed in the fundamental way computers perform arithmetic.


Dr. John L. Gustafson is an applied physicist and mathematician. He is a former Director at Intel Labs and former Chief Product Architect at AMD. A pioneer in high-performance computing, he introduced cluster computing in 1985 and first demonstrated scalable massively parallel performance in 1988; the principal he used is now known as Gustafson's law, for which he won the inaugural ACM Gordon Bell Prize. He is also a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's Golden Core award.


    BS with Honors, Caltech; MS and PhD, Iowa State University

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    High performance computing, parallel computing, computer arithmetic, computational physics, numerical analysis, computer architecture, software engineering, simulations, algorithms, distributed systems

Personal Interests

    Avid keyboard musician who has built harpsichords and played piano since age 4. Origami, gardening, swimming, woodworking, and console video gaming.



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