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Distinguished Research Staff Member and Senior Manager, IBM Research
Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA



Winfried Wilcke (PhD) is currently a Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM Reasearch (Almaden, CA) and Senior manager of Cognitive Systems and Devices. 

Wilcke is co-author of over 120 publications (3500 citations) in nuclear physics, computer architecture and energy, a book  (Random Walk at Amazon) and numerous patents in computer engineering. Wilcke has been chair of several conferences, including Compcon, Hot Chips and is the founder of the ‘Beyond Lithium Ion’ conference series, now in its 13th iteration.

Wilcke received a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics (1976) and worked at the University of Rochester, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and Los Alamos on heavy-ion nuclear reactions and meson physics. In 1983 he joined IBM Research in Yorktown Heights,NY, where he played a key role in creating IBM's line of very fast distributed memory supercomputers , including the Victor (research) and later the IBM SP series of supercomputers.

In 1991, Wilcke co-founded HAL Computer Systems, where he was first Director of Architecture and later CTO. HAL grew to 450 people before it was purchased by Fujitsu. It was instrumental in creating jointly with Sun Microsystems the 64-bit SPARC architecture, which is now underlying all Sun and Fujitsu Sparc systems.  These systems accumulated a total revenue of about $150 Billion between 1995 and 2007. This includes the Fujitsu K-computer, which in early 2012 was for some time the fastest computer in the world. He participated in various roles in a total of 4 startups with 3 successful exits.

In 1996, Wilcke retired temporarily from R&D and embarked on a long tropical sailing/diving voyage, then rejoined IBM Research in California, where, in 2006, he founded an IBM spin-out company. Later he became senior manager of Nanoscale Science & Technology, which includes projects in quantum physics, batteries, machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

His personal interests include flying (he owns three airplanes), sailing, diving and writing.