Who is Mark Harris?
Mark J. Harris is the Chief Technologist for GPU Computing at NVIDIA. He received a Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation and the first of his several papers on computer graphics, "Real-Time Cloud Rendering and Simulation", proposed a real-time algorithm approximating Rayleigh scattering to realistically render clouds using 2-dimensional transparent billboards.
Harris coined the term GPGPU, which stands for "General-Purpose computation on Graphics Processing Units". He founded the website GPGPU.org in 2002, and he continues to maintain the site as of February 2010.
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