David A. Patterson

Patterson is a well-known computer researcher who has been a professor at UC Berkeley since 1977. He popularized the term RISC (reduced instruction-set computing) and led UC Berkeley's RISC development, which was later adapted into the SPARC architecture. He is also one of the innovators behind RAID (redundant arrays of inexpensive disks) and NOW (network of workstations), which led to use of clusters for Internet services. His current research focuses on parallel and cloud computing. Along with co-author John Hennessy, Patterson is perhaps best known for their influential work, Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach, a textbook that has been widely used by two decades of engineering students.

Patterson's research has received many awards. He has been selected as a Fellow of the Computer History Museum, of the IEEE, and of the ACM, serving as president of the latter from 2004 to 2006. Along with Hennessy, he received the IEEE John von Neumann Medal in 2000. He has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.

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