Brian Rautio, PhD

Vice President of Operations

Sonnet Software, Inc.

A Brief History of Computer and Algorithm Performance


From the abacus to the personal computer, from GPUs to distributed cloud solutions, scientists and engineers have a long history of leveraging computational power. From the perspective of Sonnet—a leading CAD/CAE tool focusing on electromagnetic simulation—this history is discussed with a lens on the ability to solve systems of equations. Moreover, throughout time there has been a push-pull relationship between computer hardware and the algorithms used to compute with, and the importance of efficiency and maximizing the collaboration between the two is detailed.


Dr. Brian Rautio is the Vice President of Operations for Sonnet Software, Inc. He received the  B.S.E.E. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical  and Computer Engineering from Syracuse University in 2014, where his algorithm research  helped him to win the All-University Doctoral Prize. Brian has been a member of IEEE since  2005, having previously volunteered for the IMS2012 steering committee and MTT AdCom, and  is currently a reviewer for the MTT Transactions. He is also a member of the Eta Kappa Nu  electrical and computer engineering honor society.