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LCPC'03: M. Elnozahy Invited Talk
Mootaz Elnozahy

IBM Austin Research Lab

The High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) is a DARPA-sponsored initiative that signals a fundamental shift in the way high-end computing systems are to be built and evaluated. Instead of the traditional myopic focus on performance as the most important system property, users in the technical computing community now have a broader definition of productivity of a system. This definition includes issues of usability, robustness, system management, and ease of programming. A productive system is one that delivers a high level of performance while scoring equally well on the other aspects of the system. Recognizing the difficulty of this task, the HPCS program aims at reinvigorating the research community by sponsoring groundbreaking ideas that could yield a commercially viable system for the 2010 timeframe. This talk will cover the general vision behind our effort and how we envision adaptable systems that could do well both on commercial and technical workloads.

E.N. (Mootaz) Elnozahy: Mootaz is a Senior Manager and a Master Inventor at IBM Research in Austin, Texas. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Rice University. From 1993 until 1997, he was on the faculty at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received an NSF CAREER award. Since 1997, he has been with the IBM Austin Research Lab, where he started the Systems Software Department, which he currently leads. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Mootaz consulted with Bell Labs, Bellcore, NSF and the state of Texas in the mid-1990's, and served on 19 technical program committees in the areas of distributed operating systems and reliability. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and is the Program Committee Chair for DSN-2004. In 2002, he has been designated an IBM Research Master Inventor. Currently, he leads IBM's effort in researching future system architectures under the DARPA-funded High Productivity Computing Systems initiative. Mootaz's research interests include distributed systems, operating systems, computer architecture, and fault tolerance. He has published over 25 regularly cited articles in these areas, and obtained 12 patents.

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