Reiner Hartenstein is a Computer Science professor at TU Kaiserslautern. He received all academic degrees from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and was visiting professor at UC Berkeley. He is credited as the father of modern reconfigurable computing and is a consultant on reconfigurable computing architectures, configware / software co-compilation, and related areas. He is implementer and the author of the ground-breaking hardware description language KARL, the most successful forerunner of VHDL and the backbone of the world's first VLSI design and test framework. He was the founder of the multi-university "E.I.S" Project, the German contribution to the Mead & Conway VLSI design revolution. He is the founder of two, and co-founder of two more, international conference series that are still running successfully. He has published 16 books and more than 400 technical papers. Hartenstein is IEEE life fellow, SDPS fellow, and FPL fellow.
Nick Tredennick is a contributing editor for the Gilder Technology Report. He has been on the editorial advisory board for several technical publications, including IEEE Spectrum and Microprocessor Report. He is an advisor to and investor in numerous high-tech startups. He has a PhD in electrical engineering was a registered professional engineer for many years.
Tredennick was named a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to microprocessor design. While at Motorola, he designed the microprocessor that became the central processor for the original Apple Macintosh. He also designed a System/370 microprocessor as a research staff member at IBM's Watson Research Center. He was chief scientist at Altera, a programmable logic company. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a founder of several Silicon Valley startups. He has written a textbook and more than 60 technical papers and has nine patents.