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Mark Hampton is an exceptional MIT student who in December 2007, received word from the committee reviewing his doctorate thesis that his argument had been accepted. Family and friends were cheering and congratulating him as word spread across the country. He was awarded his doctorate from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts and will take his final walk in June 2008.

Hampton's thesis subject -- Reducing Exception Management Overhead With Software Restart Markers Ė isn't a cheap-shot in the world of computer science an engineering. His doctoral thesis and research publications have gathered much recognition at MIT and in the hardware/software corners of Silicon Valley.

Hampton's field focuses between the hardware and software genres of computer science; somewhat like a bridge. The trends in recent years indicate this is the key to the future of computer architecture. Faster and faster processors were the initial trend. That came to a halt as the paradigm shifted to figuring out ways to get performance by using software techniques and structure.

Hamptonís post-doctorate objective is to turn his thesis into an actual product. His vision for the future will likely involve a startup or newly formed company instead of a large, established corporation.

"In large corporations: you end up not getting what you want to accomplish done, management may not have your focus, you get lost in the shuffle, not really making a difference," said Mark. "I have friends who took that route and are frustrated by both the bureaucracy that comes with the territory and the inability to get an idea past a given superior who has no real idea of what they are trying to do," Hampton explained.

Hampton, along with his professor at MIT, Krste Asanović -- have presented several extraordinary publications including: "Implementing Virtual Memory in a Vector Processor with Software Restart Markers", and quot;Compiling for Vector-Thread Architectures", which is slated to appear in the 2008 International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO).

For aspiring high school and college students who are looking to successfully attain their respective goals, Hampton has this advice:

"Have a clear vision of who you are, what your priorities are and stick to them. Develop a support network, particularly in grad school, because you are isolated. I had a group ACME -- Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers; we actually had a paper published as a group. Itís important to have others with whom you can identify and understand the challenges you face."

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