Wen-mei Hwu is a professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign specializing in compiler design, computer architecture, computer microarchitecture, and parallel processing. He currently holds the Walter J. ("Jerry") Sanders III-Advanced Micro Devices Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Coordinated Science Laboratory. He is a PI for the petascale Blue Waters system, is co-director of the Intel and Microsoft funded Universal Parallel Computing Research Center (UPCRC), and PI for the world's first NVIDIA CUDA Center of Excellence. At the Illinois Coordinated Science Lab, Dr. Hwu leads the IMPACT Research Group and is director of the OpenIMPACT project - which has delivered new compiler and computer architecture technologies to the computer industry since 1987. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Hwu served as the chairman of the Computer Engineering Program at Illinois. Since 2009, Dr. Hwu has served as Chief Technology Officer at MulticoreWare Inc., leading the development of compiler tools for heterogeneous platforms. The OpenCL compilers developed by his team at MulticoreWare are based on the LLVM framework and have been deployed by leading semiconductor companies.
Dr. Hwu's Ph.D. research was at the University of California, Berkeley under Yale Patt. Their CPU microarchitecture projects, HPS and HPSm, were the predecessors of the form of out-of-order execution that became commercially successful with the Intel P6. For his contributions to the areas of compiler optimization and computer architecture, he received the 1993 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award, the 1994 Xerox Award for Faculty Research, the 1994 University Scholar Award of the University of Illinois, the 1997 Eta Kappa Nu Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award, the 1998 ACM SigArch Maurice Wilkes Award, the 1999 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the 2001 Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award. He served as the Franklin Woeltge Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2000 to 2004. He is a fellow of IEEE and ACM.
Current Research Affiliations
- Universal Parallel Computing Research Center (UPCRC) at Illinois
- Blue Waters Project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
- IMPACT Research Group at the Coordinated Science Lab
- Concurrent Theme for the Gigascale Systems Research Center
- CUDA Center of Excellence at Illinois
- Wen-mei Hwu's Homepage
- Parallel Computing Research at Illinois: The UPCRC Agenda
- Electrical and Computing Engineering at Illinois
- NVIDIA Appoints First CUDA Center of Excellence
- First Virtual School on Computational Science and Engineering: GPUs and Multicores - led by Wen-mei Hwu and David Kirk (Summer 2008)
- University of Illinois NVIDIA CUDA Course taught by Wen-mei Hwu and David Kirk (9 March 2007)
- Wen-mei Hwu: Chief Technology Officer, MulticoreWare Inc.