|Born||September 9, 1921
New York, United States
|Died||March 29, 2012
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Institutions||IAS (1950-1956), WIS (1954-1955), UCLA (1956-1991)|
Professor Gerald Estrin (September 9, 1921 – March 29, 2012) was an IEEE Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Estrin received his B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1948, 1949, and 1951, respectively.
In the late 1950s Estrin came up with the concept of Reconfigurable computing which allows the acceleration of computational processes by using variable configurations of specialised hardware modules in addition to a sequential processing unit. The idea was practically realised as "The Fixed Plus Variable Structure Computer".
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