Basser Seminar Series

Microprocessor Development: Retrospective and Future Challenges

Professor Vojin G. Oklobdzija
School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney

Wednesday 12 July 2006 4-5 pm

Lecture Theatre, Level 1, School of IT Building (Click for campus map, map reference L25/L26)


A retrospective of modern microprocessor development is presented. It addresses advances in enabling technology that brought an unprecedented growth and a perspective for the future development. The features which enabled development of modern microprocessors and the guiding principles and contributions made by modern micro- processor architecture are discussed. The move into super-scalars is explained with respect to performance and implementation difficulties. One billion transistor challenge and the impact of the computer entry into consumer market representing new potentials and new challenges are addressed.

Speaker's biography

Professor Vojin G. Oklobdzija is an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He received a Dipl. Ing. degree from the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Belgrade in 1971, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1982.

From 1982 to 1991 he was at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where he made contributions to the development of RISC processors and supercomputer design. In the course of this work, he obtained several patents, the most notable one on register renaming, which enabled a new generation of computers. From 1988 to 1990 he was an IBM visiting faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1991 he was appointed professor of computer engineering the University of California Davis.