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Kenichi Miura

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For his innovative and unique contributions to the field of supercomputer software and hardware that advanced technical computing.

Professor Emeritus at the National Institute of Informatics
Emeritus Fellow at the Fujitsu Laboratories

  • BS, 1968, Physics, University of Tokyo
  • MS, 1971, Computer Science, University of Illinois
  • PhD, 1973, Computer Science, University of Illinois

Kenichi Miura is a professor emeritus of high-end computing at the National Institute of Informatics. He is also an emeritus fellow at Fujitsu Laboratories. His interests in supercomputing began at Illinois while working on the ILLIAC IV Project.

Kenichi joined Fujitsu Limited in 1973, and during his career made significant contributions to the design of their supercomputers. His efforts were critical in the development of supercomputer hardware and software including Fujitsu’s VP series of vector supercomputers. Kenichi’s work showed how vectorizing compilers could efficiently take advantage of hardware architecture, and his in-depth knowledge of numerical algorithms and applications helped him design systems for high-speed execution of real scientific computational applications. While at Fujitsu Limited, Kenichi served in several leadership roles including vice president and general manager of the Supercomputing Group, chief scientist in the HPC division, and was appointed as a Fellow of Fujitsu Laboratories in 2002.

In 2003, Kenichi joined the National Institute of Informatics as a professor of high-end computing. During this time, he also directed the National Research Grid Initiative (NAREGI) Project for five years. After the completion of this project in 2008, Kenichi led a follow-up project called Research Linkage for e-Science. In 2009, Kenichi received the IEEE Computer Society’s Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award.

Kenichi is a talented educator and has held several teaching positions during his career. He served as an advisor to the Japan Science and Technology Agency and was actively involved with planning the IEEE COMPCON Spring Conferences and ACM Supercomputer Conferences. Additionally, he was a judge for the Gordon Bell Awards and Sidney Fernbach Awards.

Currently, Kenichi is a visiting professor at the Institute of Statistical Mathematics in Tokyo and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Tsukuba, Japan. He is also an affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

Kenichi holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Tokyo, and a master's degree and PhD in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.