Ira Baxter

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Ira Baxter [1]

Ira D. Baxter,
an American entrepreneur, Ph.D. in computer science from University of California, Irvine, 1990, and CEO [2] [3] of Semantic Designs [4]. He is the principal architect of Semantic Designs' Design Maintenance System (DMS) [5], principal designer and compiler implementer of PARLANSE [6], a parallel programming language [7], and architect and principal engineer on CloneDR [8], an AST-based Clone Detection technology.

Software Dynamics

Involved with computing since 1966, Ira Baxter started Software Dynamics in 1976, a systems software house, where he designed compilers, time-sharing and distributed network operating systems, and the chess program SD Chess written in compiled Basic to run on a 6800 based microcomputer [9], A program called Chess D by Ira Baxter was on the Stand-By list of the WCCC 1983 in New York [10].

Selected Publications


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External Links


  1. Image from DMS: Software Tool Infrastructure
  2. Semantic Designs People: Ira D. Baxter, Ph.D.
  3. Martin Wirsing, Rémi Ronchaud (eds.) (2004). Report on the EU/NSF Strategic Workshop on Engineering Software-Intensive Systems. May 22-23, 2004, Edinburgh, GB, pdf
  4. Program Transformation Wiki / Ira Baxter
  5. Program Transformation Wiki / DMSSoftware Reengineering Toolkit
  6. Semantic Designs: PARLANSE Parallel Programming Language for Windows Pentium/80x86
  7. multithreading - Threads in x86 assembler (using the GNU assember: as) - Stack Overflow
  8. Semantic Designs, Inc: Clone Doctor
  9. Douglas Penrod (ed.) (1977). Computer Chess Newsletter, Issue 2. p. 9
  10. The Fourth World Computer Chess Championship, pdf courtesy Danny Kopec
  11. dblp: Ira D. Baxter
  12. hosted by Modern Mechanix, Photo 4: Ira Baxter’s chess playing system display, which competed in the Microcomputer Chess Tournament at the Faire. The level of play was impressive, and the winning program, called SARGON, was a 16 K byte Z-80 assembler program written by a husband and wife team, Kathe and Dan Spracklen.

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