ARM architect: Steve Furber

Posted by Charbax – August 22, 2016

Architect on the first ARM Processor at Acorn Computers in Cambridge in the early 1980s, Steve Furber together with Sophie Wilson (3-parts interview: part1, part2, part3), were leading the advanced R&D team at Acorn Computers. Together they invented and designed the World's first ARM Processor, a design that later influenced the designs used for tens of Billions of ARM processors shipped around the world. Now the ARM licencees are shipping ARM Processors at a rate of about 15 Billion processors per year. Today, Steve Furber is a professor of computer engineering at the Manchester University, leading the SpiNNaker project, a massively-parallel computer architecture trying to simulate large-scale neural networks in real-time, as a research tool for neuroscientists, computer scientists and roboticists, trying to understand the human brain's functionality.