Peter M. Kogge
Ted H. McCourtney Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
Peter Kogge is arguably the nation’s foremost expert on exascale computing (exa represents 10 to the 18th power). He recently led a DARPA-sponsored team of industry and academic experts in developing a detailed projection of the technical challenges needed to advance the art of supercomputing to the exascale level—an art that would produce computers 1,000 times faster than today’s fastest models.
Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty as the inaugural McCourtney Professor in 1994, Kogge worked at IBM, from which he retired as an IBM fellow. There, he was part of the team responsible for designing the world’s first multi-core computer chip. Since 1997, he has served as a distinguished visiting scientist at the JPL.
A fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Kogge wrote his doctoral thesis on the parallel solution of recurrence equations. His subsequent 1982 book, The Architecture of Pipelined Computers, is widely regarded as the first formal treatise on this now ubiquitous technique.
Ted H. McCourtney (’60), a Notre Dame Trustee since 2000, and a former member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council, created this professorship. He and his wife, Tracy, have supported many areas of the University, including Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering, athletic grants-in-aid, and the President’s Circle.