|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)|
|Doctoral students||Jean-Loup Baer
Mary K. Vernon
Gerald Estrin (September 9, 1921 – March 29, 2012) was an American computer scientist, and Professor at the UCLA Computer Science Department. He is known for his work on the organization of computer systems, on parallel processing and SARA (system architects apprentice).
Life and work
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".
- Estrin, Gerald. "Organization of computer systems: the fixed plus variable structure computer." Papers presented at the May 3-5, 1960, western joint IRE-AIEE-ACM computer conference. ACM, 1960.
- Estrin, Gerald, et al. "Parallel processing in a restructurable computer system." Electronic Computers, IEEE Transactions on 6 (1963): 747-755.
- Estrin, Gerald, et al. "SARA (system architects apprentice): modeling, analysis, and simulation support for design of concurrent systems." Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on 2 (1986): 293-311.
- Gerald Estrin's profile at the IEEE Global History Network
- Athanas, Peter M., and Harvey F. Silverman. "Processor reconfiguration through instruction-set metamorphosis." Computer 26.3 (1993): 11-18.
- Perry, Dewayne E., and Alexander L. Wolf. "Foundations for the study of software architecture." ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes 17.4 (1992): 40-52.
- Organization of computer systems: the fixed plus variable structure computer
- UCLA Computer Science Department People
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