Stanford Distributed Systems Seminar

12:45 PM, May 31, 2000
Room 150, McCullough Building

The Post-PC Era: It's About the Services-Enabled New Internet

Randy Katz
UC Berkeley

About the talk:

The Post-PC Era is often viewed as driven by the proliferation of new kinds of information appliances. We take a different viewpoint: the Post-PC Era will be shaped by the ability to manage computation and storage deep inside the network, connected by application-specifc overlay networks, all on behalf of end user applications. This is what we call "services." Examples include web caches, content delivery redistribution, and transformational proxies. The result is a dramatic shift from traditional network research, on topics such as Quality of Service routing, to new distributed computing opportunities, such as network performance-aware service placement.

About the speaker:

Randy Howard Katz received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1983, where he is now the United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, and was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was won numerous awards, including seven best paper awards, one "test of time" paper award, three best presentation awards, the Distinguished Teaching Award of the Berkeley Academic Senate, the ASEE Frederic Terman Award, and the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award. With colleagues at Berkeley, he developed Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID), an $18 billion per year industry sector today. While on leave for government service in 1993-1994, he established whitehouse.gov and connecting the White House to the Internet. His current research interests are Internet Services Architecture, Mobile Computing, and Computer-Telephony Integration.