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February 09, 2010
John Mucci passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2010. For the many who loved and worked with him, his humor, charm, and genuine interest in those around him were only matched by his enthusiasm, intellect and his love of solving problems.
A dynamic blend of entrepreneur and mensch, he studied physics at Penn State, taking a PhD at Carnegie Mellon, and joined Digital Equipment Corporation as an engineer. He joked that his color-blindness meant he couldn't tell the color-coded wires apart, and thus he was moved to management, where as Group Manager for the Government Systems Group, he had profit and loss responsibility for worldwide sales to federal governments.
In 1986, John joined the Cambridge startup Thinking Machines and served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Technical Research, developing the company's business in government, academic, and technical research markets, and he created the Business Supercomputing division.
John left Thinking Machines to help form Continuum Software in 1994 to expand the use of high-performance parallel computing in business applications. With the development of the Web, Continuum changed its focus to analysis of Web links as a guide to relevance, predating Google's "page rank" algorithm.
In 2002, he cofounded SiCortex, a developer of high-efficiency, high-performance computer systems for technical, scientific and engineering applications, and led its development through the introduction of a full range of system products.
John's extensive network of friends and colleagues spanned the globe. He relished every opportunity to bring people together, whether it was to build a team, sell a system or simply enjoy a meal. It seems that everyone in high performance computing has a story to tell of how instrumental John was in introducing new paradigms for high-end computation ranging from massive parallelism to extreme low-power multicore.
John will be remembered, first and foremost, for how he made people feel -- how he cared for them and helped them solve problems of all sorts, whether personal, professional, or technical.
He is survived by his brother Robert, sister Germaine Dietz, sons Philip and David and his partner of many years, Evelyn Neuburger.
Source: Jud Leonard
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