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Institutions  Sun Microsystems
Fields  Supercomputer
Alma mater  UCSD MIT
Doctoral advisor  Arvind
Name  Greg Papadopoulos
Role  Executive

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Books  Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering
Education  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988)
Similar People  Arvind, Jonathan I Schwartz, Vinod Khosla, Eric Schmidt, David M Cote

Organizations founded  Exa Corporation

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Gregory Michael Papadopoulos (born 1958) is a Greek-American engineer, executive, and venture capitalist. 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. Along with David E. Culler, he developed a simplified approach to dataflow execution in a project named Monsoon.

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. His research applied massively parallel techniques to high-performance computing.

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. He left Sun in February 2010.

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

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


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