Dr. Burton J. Smith, Technical Fellow for Microsoft Corporation, works with various groups within the company to help expand efforts in the areas of parallel and high performance computing. He reports directly to Craig Mundie, chief technical officer and senior vice president for Advanced Strategies and Policy.
Burton is recognized as an international leader in high performance computer architecture and programming languages for parallel computers. Before joining Microsoft, he served at Cray Inc., formerly Tera Computer Company, as chief scientist and a member of the board of directors from its inception in 1988 to December 2005, and was its chairman from 1988 to 1999. Prior to founding Tera Computer Company in 1988 Burton spent six years with Denelcor, Inc. and three years with the Institute for Defense Analyses. From 1970-1979 he taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Colorado.
In 2003, Burton received the Seymour Cray Computing Engineering Award from the IEEE Computer Society and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He received the Eckert-Mauchly Award in 1991 given jointly by the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery and was elected a fellow of each organization in 1994. Burton attended the University of New Mexico, where he earned a BSEE degree, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where earned SM, EE, and Sc.D degrees.