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David A Padua

David A Padua
David A Padua
Donald Biggar Willett Professor Emeritus in Engineering
(217) 333-4223
4227 Siebel Center for Comp Sci

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David Padua has served as program committee member, program chair, or general chair to more than 70 conferences and workshops. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Springer‐Verlag’s Encyclopedia of Parallel Computing and is currently a member of the editorial board of the Communications of the ACM, the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, and the International Journal of Parallel Programming.

He has devoted much of his career to the study of languages, tools, and compilers for parallel computing. His PhD dissertation was one of the first studies on compiler techniques for multiprocessors. He has continued this work contributing with techniques for program analysis and program transformation as well as methodologies to evaluate the effectiveness of compilers. He pioneered the study of race detection techniques for shared-memory program. Padua has worked on autotuning, high level notations for parallel programming, compiler evaluation, and the efficient implementation of scripting languages. In the area of autotuning, he has worked on the development of compiler strategies, advanced notations, accurate performance models, and machine learning‐based search techniques. He led the development of the hierarchically tiled arrays notation whose goal is to facilitate the representation of parallelism and locality. His research group collaborated with IBM compiler writers in an influential evaluation of the effectiveness of vectorization. In the area of scripting languages, his research group developed techniques to improve the performance of MATLAB and R programs.

Padua has supervised the dissertations of 30 PhD students. He has published more than 170 papers in programming languages, compilers, tools and parallel machine design. He received the 2015 IEEE Computer Society Harry H. Goode Award. In 2017, he awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Valladolid in Spain. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Professional Societies

  • Fellow. Association for Computing Machinery.
  • Fellow. IEEE Computer Society.

Research Honors

  • IEEE Computer Society Harry H. Goode Award (2015)
  • Golden Core Member. IEEE Computer Society (1997)

Courses Taught

  • CS 296 - Honors Course
  • CS 420 - Parallel Progrmg: Sci & Engrg
  • CS 426 - Compiler Construction
  • CS 598 - Compiler Tech for Parallelism
  • CSE 402 - Parallel Progrmg: Sci & Engrg
  • ECE 492 - Parallel Progrmg: Sci & Engrg