Stamatis Vassiliadis was born in the small village of Manolates, on the Mediterranean island of Samos, Greece on July 19th, 1951. He passed away on April 7th, 2007 in Pijnacker, in the Netherlands. In between, he led a very remarkable life. As a child, he walked many kilometers through the mountains to reach his school and would study at night using the light of an oil lamp; as a grown up he became one of the recognized scientific world leaders in computer architecture. For those of you who have chosen to read this book and are not familiar with the scientific achievements of Stamatis Vassiliadis, we have provided this very short snapshot. Stamatis Vassiliadis did his doctoral study at Politechnico di Milano. As a result, Italy has always had a very special place in his heart. It was there he learned a lot about science, but also about good food, friendships and many other aspects of life.
After graduation Stamatis moved to the USA and worked for IBM at the Advanced Workstations and Systems laboratory in Austin, Texas, the Mid-Hudson Valley laboratory in Poughkeepsie, New York, and the Glendale laboratory in Endicott, New York. At IBMhe was involved in a number of projects in computer design, computer organization, and computer architecture. He held leadership positions in many advanced research projects. During his time at IBM, he was awarded 73 USA patents, ranking him as the top all time IBM inventor. For his accomplishments, he received numerous awards including 24 Publication Awards, 15 Invention Achievement Awards and an Outstanding Innovation Award for Engineering/Scientific Hardware Design in 1989. While working for IBM Stamatis also served on the ECE faculties of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and the State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton, NY.