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Professor David MayF.R.S.

Professor of Computer Science

David May

Professor David MayF.R.S.

Professor of Computer Science

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Research interests

  • Computer Architecture
  • New Architecture

Over the last few months, I have been experimenting with some ideas to align
architecture with modern programming languages and new application areas
such as Robotics and IoT. This was prompted by discussions with students and

An important part of this work has been the design of a fast hardware memory
allocation system, integrated into the processor.

It is described briefly here: The SURE Architecture

A more extensive explanation is: The SURE Architecture - long version


I am a Professor at the University of Bristol's Computer Science department. I worked for 16 years in the microelectronics industry. I am well known for my work on innovative microprocessors including the Inmos transputer. I am the author of over 100 papers and patents and I have given numerous conference presentations. In 1990, I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for my contributions to computer architecture and parallel computing. My current research interests are in microprocessor architecture system design and verification; mobile, wearable and pervasive computing. I maintain active relationships with industry and technology investors, and I am on the Technical Advisory Board of several recent microelectronics design companies.


  • Computer Architecture
  • Robotics

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