Greg Papadopoulos

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Greg Papadopoulos
Greg Papadopoulos - Sun Innovation Awards 2008.jpg
Alma materUCSD
Scientific career
FieldsHigh-performance computing
InstitutionsSun Microsystems
Doctoral advisorArvind (computer scientist)

Gregory Michael Papadopoulos (born 1958) is a Greek-American engineer, executive, and venture capitalist.[1] He is the creator and lead proponent for Redshift, a theory on whether technology markets are over or under-served by Moore's Law.


Papadopoulos achieved a B.A. in systems science from the University of California, San Diego in 1979, and was the recipient of both S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1983 and 1988 respectively. At some time he held positions at Hewlett-Packard and Honeywell. While a graduate student, he worked at MIT spinoff PictureTel in its early days. His dissertation was on a dataflow architecture microprocessor, under advisor Professor Arvind.[2] Along with David E. Culler, he developed a simplified approach to dataflow execution in a project named Monsoon.[3]

Papadopoulos became assistant professor at MIT in 1988 and associate professor in May 1993, where he helped start Ergo Computing in 1988, and Exa Corporation in 1991. He was chief architect at Thinking Machines Corporation while on the MIT faculty starting in 1992.[4][5] His research applied massively parallel techniques to high-performance computing.[6]

He joined Sun Microsystems in September 1994. After serving as chief scientist for the server division, in December 1995 he became chief technical officer (CTO) of SMCC (Sun's hardware division), and CTO of the entire company in April 1998.[1] He left Sun in February 2010.[4][7][8]

Papadopoulos co-authored (with David Douglas and John Boutelle) the book on Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering, published in 2009.[9] At the time he lived in Los Gatos, California.[10]

In 2010 Papadopoulos joined venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) as an executive in residence and the Computer History Museum as a director.[11] In April, 2011, Papadopoulos became a partner at NEA.[12] At some time he was chairman of the board of trustees for the SETI Institute.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Annual Report for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1999". Form 10-K. US Securities and Exchange Commission. September 23, 1999. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Gregory Michael Papadopoulos (August 30, 1988). Implementation of a general purpose dataflow multiprocessor. Ph.D. dissertation. MIT. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Gregory M. Papadopoulos and David E. Culler (June 1990). "Monsoon: an explicit token-store architecture". Proceedings of the 17th annual international symposium on Computer Architecture. ACM. doi:10.1145/325096.325117.
  4. ^ a b "Greg Papadopoulos". Corporate biography. Sun Microsystems. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Greg Papadopoulos: Trustee Emeritus, Former Chairman". SETI web site. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  6. ^ R. S. Nikhil and Gregory M. Papadopoulos (May 1992). "T: a multithreaded massively parallel architecture". Proceedings of the 19th annual international symposium on Computer Architecture. ACM: 156–167. doi:10.1145/146628.139715.
  7. ^ Greg Papadopoulos' Blog, Sun Microsystems, USA.
  8. ^ Greg Papadopoulos LinkedIn page
  9. ^ David Douglas, Greg Papadopoulos and John Boutelle (2009). Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering. Pearson Education. ISBN 9780137044665.
  10. ^ "Citizen Engineer". book site. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  11. ^ "Computer History Museum Appoints Greg Papadopoulos to Board of Directors". Press release. Computer History Museum. September 7, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  12. ^ "NEA hires former Sun CTO as partner". San Francisco Business Times. April 4, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2013.