Forest Baskett
Alma mater
OccupationVenture capitalist at New Enterprise Associates
Known forCray-1
Very Large Scale Integration
BCMP network
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science
InstitutionsStanford University

Forest Baskett (born May 11, 1943) is an American venture capitalist, computer scientist and former professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University.[1]

He is a venture capitalist at New Enterprise Associates. Baskett designed the operating system for the original Cray-1 supercomputer, was an original pioneer of Very Large Scale Integration,[2] and co-introduced the eponymous BCMP networks.[3]

Baskett received a BA in Mathematics from Rice University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

He became a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1994 for his vision and leadership in the development of hardware and software for high-performance workstations.[4]

Baskett was the doctoral advisor of computer scientists Alan J. Smith[5] and Andy Bechtolsheim while at Stanford and was involved in the founding of Sun Microsystems.[6] He was also the CTO and Senior Vice President of R&D at Silicon Graphics (SGI).[7]


  1. ^ "Forest Baskett at NEA". Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Forest Baskett at Cray and contributions to VLSI". Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Baskett, F.; Chandy, K. Mani; Muntz, R.R.; Palacios, F.G. (1975). "Open, closed and mixed networks of queues with different classes of customers". Journal of the ACM. 22 (2): 248–260. doi:10.1145/321879.321887. S2CID 15204199.
  4. ^ "National Academy of Engineering". Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "Forest Baskett, III". The Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved 13 July 2023.
  6. ^ Funding a Revolution: Government Support for Computer Research, pg. 119. National Academies Press. 1999. doi:10.17226/6323. ISBN 9780309062787. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Forest Baskett". Forbes. Retrieved 29 October 2023.