DATE: Thursday, May 5, 2005
TIME: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
PLACE: Scaife Hall 125

John Howard
Sun Microsystems

Sun's High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) Research Program

Sun's HPCS program is exploring technologies to enable the development of a peta-scale computing system with high performance, reliability, and ease of use.  This talk will give an overview of the program and some of the technical results achieved thus far.

John Howard received a S.B. in Mathematics from MIT in 1965, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1970 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he developed a clustered timesharing system for CDC
6600/6400's and consulted on the architecture of the DEMOS operating system for the Cray-1 at Los Alamos.

At IBM Research in San Jose in the 1980's he helped develop and applied a VM/370 based virtual time emulator to system database, disk cache performance, and system scaling studies, and built a storage architecture research group.

In 1982 he joined the Information Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, where he led development of the Andrew File System, participated in other projects, and eventually became Director of the ITC.

After moving to Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) in the 1990's he explored topics in mobile file systems and system support for a high speed network interface.  In 1999 he joined Sun Microsystems as a
Distinguished Engineer to work on network storage systems architecture.  He is currently leads System Software Architecture for Sun's High Productivity Computer Systems (HPCS) project.