Professor of Computer Science
Division of Computer Science/EECS
(510) 642-6587

Research Expertise and Interest

clusters, parallel computing, storage systems, computer architecture and engineering, computer architecture and systems


David A. Patterson was the first in his family to graduate from college and he enjoyed it so much that he didn’t stop until a PhD. He joined U.C. Berkeley in 1977. He is currently Director of both the the Parallel Computing Lab. In the past, he served as Director of the Reliable Adaptive Distributed systems Lab, Chair of Berkeley’s CS Division, Chair of the CRA, and President of the ACM. His most successful projects have been Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC), Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID), and Network of Workstations (NOW). This research led to many papers, 5 books, and about 30 of honors, some shared with friends, including election to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. He was named Fellow of the Computer History Museum and both AAAS organizations. From the University of California he won the Outstanding Alumnus Award (UCLA Computer Science Department) and the Distinguished Teaching Award (Berkeley). From the ACM, where as a fellow, he received the SIGARCH Eckert Mauchly Award, the SIGMOD Test of Time Award, the SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award. He is also a fellow at the IEEE, where he received the Johnson Information Storage Award, the Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the Mulligan Education Medal. Finally, he shared the IEEE von Neumann Medal and the NEC C&C Prize with John Hennessy, President of Stanford University.

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