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Victor Berman,
an American electrical engineer, computer scientist, manager, pioneer in the development of hardware description languages, configurable DSP and EDA solutions, and early computer chess programmer. While affiliated with Cadence Design Systems, Victor Berman pioneered in the development of Hardware description languages such as VHDL, Verilog-XL, and as Board member of The SPIRIT Consortium, in the development of the System Verilog standard. He was further board member of the IEEE Standards Association. Actually, Berman is managing partner of Berman Traders, and before, he worked with Wormser Energy Solutions, Inc. [2] as COO, and served at Improv Systems Inc. [3] as president and CEO [4].


Victor Berman studied language design and electrical engineering in the interdisciplinary computer science graduate program at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was also involved in the development of the chess program CHAOS [5], along with Mike Alexander, Fred Swartz, Ira Ruben, William Toikka, Joe Winograd and later Mark Hersey and Jack O’Keefe [6]. CHAOS started at RCA Systems Programming division in Cinnaminson, NJ with Fred Swartz and Victor Berman as first authors, Berman working on the very sophisticated evaluation. Mike Alexander and others joined the team later and CHAOS has been affiliated with the Computing Center of the University of Michigan. CHAOS was one of the strongest programs of its time, using an unique, knowledge based and selective best-first, iterative widening approach [7], keeping the search tree in memory.

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