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Curt Carpenter

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Gordon Bell Dies
« on: May 24, 2024, 03:21:17 am »
Gordon Bell, designer of the DEC VAX computers, has died.  End of another era.


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Re: Gordon Bell Dies
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2024, 03:32:19 am »
He definitely was one of the amazing minds of the computer field.   R.I.P.
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Re: Gordon Bell Dies
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2024, 08:05:40 am »
Out-lived his creation. R.I.P.
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Re: Gordon Bell Dies
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2024, 11:30:06 am »
A sad loss. I was lucky enough to meet him, some time after the new millennium. He was with Microsoft by then but still the name on the Gordon Bell Prize. And was keen to drop into our, then Unix based, supercomputer facility, so, clearly interested in HPC even then.

He came across as a very intense person, really, really keen to get his point across accurately, what ever it was. Enjoyed a meal with him.


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Re: Gordon Bell Dies
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2024, 11:51:27 am »
Also notable for the landmark "Computer Structures: Readings and Examples" book, AKA "Bell (, Siewiorek) & Newell".

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