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David Papworth Honored with ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award

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David B. Papworth.

Papworth was a lead designer of the Intel P6 (sold commercially as the Pentium Pro) microprocessor, which was a major advancement over the existing state of the art.

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David B. Papworth has been named to receive the ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award for his work on microprocessors at Intel.

Papworth was a lead designer of the Intel P6, whose microarchitectural paradigm involved decomposing complex x86 instructions into sequences of micro-operations that flowed through a micro data flow engine.

ACM President Yannis Ioannidis said, "The introduction of Intel's P6 microarchitecture in 1995 was an important milestone during a time when the personal computing software and hardware industry really started to take off. As the lead developer of the P6 microarchitecture, David Papworth was one of the unsung heroes of the decade and his contributions are still in use today."

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