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His research interests include computer architecture, pipelining theory, parallel processing, performance modeling, intelligent caches, and application tuning. In the 70s, he developed the reservation table approach to optimum design and cyclic scheduling of pipelines, designed and implemented an eight-node symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) system in 1976, and developed a variety of systematic methods for modeling performance and enhancing systems, including early work on simulated annealing, wave pipelining, multiple instruction stream pipelines, decoupled access-execute architecture, and polycyclic scheduling (aka software pipelining). He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
- 1984-1987 Hardware Design Director, Cedar Parallel Supercomputer at Center for Supercomputing Research at University of Illinois
- 1988-1990 Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan
- 1994-1997 Director, Center for Parallel Computing, University of Michigan
- 1997-2000 Associate chair for Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
- 1992 IEEE Harry H. Goode Memorial Award for "pivotal seminal contributions to the design, implementation, and performance evaluation of high performance computer systems."
- 1996 Taylor L. Booth Education Award for "contributions to the establishment of computer engineering as an academic discipline and for nurturing many leaders of this field during their formative years in the profession.”
- 2000 IEEE/ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award "for his seminal contributions to the design, implementation, and performance evaluation of high performance pipelines and multiprocessor systems"
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- "Edward S. Davidson - 2000 Eckert-Mauchly Award Recipient". IEEE Computer Society. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
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