Graham Smart co-founded Alpha Data Parallel Systems in 1993 to develop high-speed computers by linking processors in parallel. The company now specialises in reconfigurable processors that can be reprogrammed to perform different tasks. A computer called Brutus running an Alpha Data processing card came third in this year’s world computer chess championship, and NASA plans to use its technology on its next Mars probe. Sales at the Edinburgh firm grew 81% a year from £481,000 in 1999 to £1.6m in 2001.
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