Randy Allen is director of advanced research in the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics. His career has spanned research, advanced development, and start-up efforts centered around optimizing application performance. Dr. Allen has consulted on or directly contributed to the devel- opment of most HPC compiler efforts. He was the founder of Catalytic, Inc. (focused on compilation of MATLAB for DSPs), as well as a cofounder of Forte Design Systems (high-level synthesis). He has authored or coauthored more than 30 papers on compilers for high-performance computing, simulation, high-level synthesis, and compiler optimization, and he coauthored the book Optimizing Compilers for Modern Architectures. Dr. Allen earned his AB summa cum laude in chemistry from Harvard University, and his PhD in mathemati- cal sciences from Rice University.