IEEE Boise Section Annual Banquet – Speaker Perry Lea – Computer Architecture Flops and Futures

Come join us for our annual Computer Society banquet. Our guest speaker is Perry Lea, Strategic Director of Advanced Computing Systems at Micron.perry lea

When: May 4th, 2016 – 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM



Boise State University Student Union Building, Lookout Room

1910 W. University Dr. Boise, ID 83725


Topic: Computer Architecture Flops and Futures

During this conversation, we will discuss computer flops.  Not necessarily floating point operations per second, but failures and pitfalls that have served the computer industry for the last 40 years.  We will survey the rise and fall of several great computer manufactures with novel and compelling computer architectures at the time.  An attempt is made to explain what they did well and contributed and what they all shared in common to contribute to their eventual chapter 11 filings.  We also touch on the future of computer architecture, where we are now and what challenges need resolution.  We look at up and coming architectures and their chances of success.


Perry Lea, of Micron

Perry is a computer architect by trade yet has served time in software engineering, firmware design, hardware design, ASIC design, imaging and vision, and nanoscale-fabrication.

He worked for 20 years at HP where he was chief architect and distinguished technologist of embedded systems, hardware design, and imaging systems.  There he contributed or architected over 60 machines, 17 ASICS, and was technical lead for a 30 million line code base.   There he worked on HP’s Machine with HP Labs and developed IP for memristor fabrication.

He currently is strategic director of Advanced Computing Systems at Micron.  There he is also Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and principle architect of emerging computing systems.

His interests are in the application of novel computer architectures to solve grand challenge problems especially in areas of imaging, vision, and machine learning.

During his youth he took a job as a DJ in a nightclub, worked as a librarian, and even did work with a construction company during his college years to pay his undergrad.  Cautionary note: he has a strong bias for all things Green Bay Packers.  He is an avid cyclist and enjoys the finer single malts.

Perry holds 5 patents with roughly 20 pending.  He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and Senior Member of the ACM.   Perry holds a BS Computer Science, MS Computer Engineering, and the Degree of Engineer of Electrical Engineering from Columbia University.


Information on how to register is available in this link:


  • IEEE Member / Guest – $10
  • IEEE Student Branch Member Undergrad / Guest – $5
  • IEEE Student Branch Member Grad Student / Guest – $5
  • Other Students – $20
  • General Public – $25

Best Regards,

Sean Collison

IEEE Boise Section Chair

IEEE Region 6 Young Professionals Chair