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Professor & Assoc. Dean
Gibson is a full professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Associate Dean for Master’s Programs in the School of Computer Science at CMU. His PhD (1991) and MS are from University of California, Berkeley, under David Patterson, and his Bachelor of Mathematics is from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Gibson is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, and a holder of research awards including SIGOPS Hall of Fame, Jean-Claude Laprie Dependable Computing award, SIGMOD Test of Time award, IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage award, J. Wesley Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation, and a Los Alamos National Laboratory Outstanding Innovation award. He is a founding member of the steering committees for the USENIX File and Storage Technologies Conference (FAST) and the ACM SIGHPC Parallel Data Storage Workshop (PDSW). His teaching has primarily been in operating systems, storage systems, cloud computing and distributed systems, mostly delivered to upper division undergraduates and graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University. His early research defined and explored Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks leading to an industry now 25 years old. With his students in the 90s he defined Network-Attached Secure Disks leading to the architecture at the core of Lustre, Panasas's PanFS, the Google File System, its descendant HDFS, and the initial proposal for Parallel NFS (pNFS) in NFS v4.1. Gibson's lab is now working with Los Alamos and Argonne National Labs on No-Ground-Truth Global Parallel File Systems. He also founded a California-based company, Panasas, that sold high performance storage systems for engineered manufacturing, supercomputing, energy research, and financial modeling. For further information and access to copies of papers see: www.cs.cmu.edu/~garth.