Gene Amdahl


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Amdahl, Gene

(1922–  ) computer engineer; born in Flandreau, S.D. Working for International Business Machines (IBM) at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he helped design the IBM 704 in the 1950s and the S/360 series of computers in the early 1960s. In the 1970s, he ran Amdahl Corporation, then the largest manufacturer of IBM-compatible computers. In 1980, he formed Trilogy to build large computers.

Gene Amdahl

(person)
A former IBM engineer who founded Amdahl Corporation.
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There is considerable skepticism regarding the viability of massive parallelism; the skepticism centers around Amdahl's law, an argument put forth by Gene Amdahl in 1967 [1] that even when the fraction of serial work in a given problem is small, say, s, the maximum speedup obtainable from even an infinite number of parallel processors is only 1/s.