After working for 12 years as Nvidia's Chief Scientist, David Kirk has passed the torch to a renowned Stanford professor: Bill Dally, who chairs the university's computer science department and has quite a list of achievements to his name. Here's a summary from the official announcement:
Dally and his team developed the system architecture, network architecture, signaling, routing and synchronization technology that is found in most large parallel computers today. At Caltech he designed the MOSSIM Simulation Engine and the Torus Routing chip which pioneered "wormhole" routing and virtual-channel flow control. His group at MIT built the J-Machine and the M-Machine, experimental parallel computer systems that pioneered the separation of mechanism from programming models and demonstrated very low overhead synchronization and communication mechanisms.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang also comments in the press release, "His pioneering work in stream processors at Stanford greatly influenced the work we are doing at NVIDIA today. As one of the world's founding visionaries in parallel computing, he shares our passion for the GPU's evolution into a general purpose parallel processor and how it is increasingly becoming the soul of the new PC."
In any case, Dally will become the new Chief Scientist, while Kirk will stay on as an Nvidia Fellow. Nvidia says both Kirk and Dally each have around 50 patents or patent applications under their belts.