Coke Reed

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Coke S. Reed
Coke Reed in 2014
Reed in front of a Data Vortex Technologies DV206 Supercomputer
Coke Stevenson Reed

(1940-03-08) March 8, 1940 (age 82)
Alma materThe University of Texas at Austin (BS, MS, and PhD)
OccupationMathematician, inventor
Known forTopology, dynamical systems, Inventor of the Data Vortex
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorHubert Stanley Wall

Coke Stevenson Reed is an American mathematician and inventor from Austin, Texas. He is the inventor of the proprietary Data Vortex network. Implementations of this network into Supercomputers use a novel topology and switch logic based on his and Krystyna Kuperberg's solution to a problem posed by Stan Ulam in the Scottish Book.

Coke completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin under Hubert Stanley Wall.[1]


Dr. Coke Stevenson Reed is an American mathematician and the inventor and Founder of Data Vortex Technologies, a privately held US company composed largely of former members of the United States defense community.[2]

In his work with the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, Reed developed a thorough understanding of the existing pitfalls of computer networks and performance. His career has included positions at the Institute for Defense Analyses, Los Alamos National Laboratories, the United States Space Program, and the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation. At Los Alamos, Reed worked in Physics and mathematics.[3] Reed received his PhD in 1966 under Dr. Hubert S. Wall at the University of Texas at Austin.[4] His academic appointments have included the University of Texas, Auburn University, Georgia Tech, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Princeton University.

His contributions to national security were recognized in 1990 by the Department of Defense when he was awarded the Exceptionally Meritorious Civilian Service Award Medal.

By the time Reed arrived at the University of Colorado in the early 1990s, he had adopted the study of such Eastern philosophies as Taoism. He embraced the philosophy of clearing one's mind and finding the answers to life's toughest problems through nature. The mathematical discovery of the Data Vortex came to him while in the Rocky Mountains - a sudden thought seemingly out of the blue. It was a dynamical system of three-dimensional Euclidean space that could move data, congestion-free.[5]

Through this revolutionary technology, Reed aims to break national security and big data analytics away from the confines of traditional computing with the creation and implementation of a revolutionary high performance computing network. Since 1995, he has authored over 30 patents on the Data Vortex network.[6] Data Vortex validation systems are presently housed at leading research institutions and organizations within the United States Government and academia.

Presently, Reed is working on implementation of the Data Vortex in novel spaces, such as exploration into knowledge-based computing, shared memory, and streaming dynamic graph analysis.


  1. ^ "Coke Reed - the Mathematics Genealogy Project".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2016-07-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Data Vortex Talk Bio Reed 2015" (PDF). June 16, 2015 – via {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Ben (May 26, 1998). "Coke S. Reed Interview Transcript" – via {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Coke Reed & the Data Vortex: A Brief History". HPCwire. January 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Coke Reed Inventions, Patents and Patent Applications - Justia Patents Search".