The number of ECE ILLINOIS faculty members.
Patel’s research contributions include Pipeline Scheduling, Cache Coherence, Cache Simulation, Cache Data Prefetch, Multiprocessor memory modeling and analysis, Interconnection Networks, On-line Error Detection, Reliability analysis of memories with ECC and Scrubbing, Design for Testability, Built-In Self-Test, Fault Simulation and Automatic Test Generation. Patel is the inventor of the well known Illinois Cache Coherence Protocol and Illinois Scan Architecture. Patel has supervised over 85 M.S. and Ph.D. theses and published over 200 technical papers.
During his academic stay at Illinois, Patel has had a major role in two start-ups. First was as founding technical advisor to Nexgen Microsystems, which gave rise to AMD’s present line of microprocessors. Second was as a co-founder of Sunrise Test Systems, which now is the basis for many test tools from Synopsys. In addition, Patel has provided technical consulting to a wide range of industries on architecture, reliability and testing.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Gujarat University, India and Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE, a recipient of the 1998 IEEE Piore Award and IEEE Test Technology Council Lifetime Achievement Award.