Randy H Katz

Randy H. Katz

Professor of Computer Science; Vice Chancellor for Research
Division of Computer Science/EECS
(510) 642-8778
Research Expertise and Interest
trusted and reliable network computing, smart cities, data science, smart buildings, smart grids
Research Description

I am interested in the design of large, complex, network-oriented applications and systems. Most recently, I have become concerned with the architecture of such systems in support of data-intensive large-scale computation associated with machine learning workloads.

My most recent project, as part of the RiseLab, is focused on exploiting "serverless computing", a way to harness lightweight low cost stateless virtual machine images typically found in cloud computing environments, to perform long running data-intensive computations. See https://rise.cs.berkeley.edu/projects/cirrus/.

My research style is engineering-oriented, prototype- and artifact-driven, and highly interdisciplinary, leading to extensive collaboration with other faculty. Our methodology depends critically on the three step process of (1) evaluating existing systems to understand their performance and capability limitations, (2) extensive simulation-based analyses to explore the design space of new solutions and architectures, and (3) implementation and measurement of the most attractive design to uncover its implementation complexities and to validate the simulation models used in the preceeding step. In a typical project, these steps are iterated two to three times.

In the News

October 9, 2018

Randy Katz: The 2018 Nobel Prizes and use-inspired research

Vice Chancellor Randy Katz writes about the 2018 recipients of the Nobel Prize with deep roots to UC Berkeley. Jim Allison, honored with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, performed his award-winning research as director of Berkeley’s Cancer Research Laboratory. Frances Arnold, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, conducted her doctoral work here under the guidance of Professor Emeritus Harvey Blanch. And Paul Romer, a professor at Berkeley in the 1990s, won the Nobel Prize in Economics.