Wen-mei Hwu

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Wen-mei Hwu
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
AwardsGrace Murray Hopper Award
IEEE Fellow
ACM Fellow
IEEE Computer Society Charles Babbage Award
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral advisorYale Patt

Wen-mei Hwu (Chinese: 胡文美; pinyin: Hú Wénměi) is the Walter J. Sanders III-AMD Endowed Chair professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is on compiler design, computer architecture, computer microarchitecture, and parallel processing. He is a principal investigator for the petascale Blue Waters supercomputer, is co-director of the Universal Parallel Computing Research Center (UPCRC), and is principal investigator for the first NVIDIA CUDA Center of Excellence at UIUC.[1] At the Illinois Coordinated Science Lab, 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, Hwu served as the chairman of the Computer Engineering Program at Illinois. Since 2009, 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. In 2020, Hwu retired after serving 33 years in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, Hwu is a Senior Distinguished Research Scientist at Nvidia Research and Emeritus Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Dr. Hwu's completed in 1987 a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, under Yale Patt.[2] 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.

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  1. ^ Humber, Andrew (30 June 2008). "NVIDIA Appoints First CUDA Center of Excellence". NVIDIA. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Wen-Mei Hwu". The Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved 23 June 2022.