John Wilkes, a researcher known for his contributions to
the understanding of computer storage systems, has been named
an HP Fellow, the ninth HP Labs scientist to earn this honor.
Wilkes, who joined HP Labs in 1982, is working in the area
of automating the design and management of large-scale storage
"A visionary whose work spans research, engineering
and commercial development, John inspires his colleagues inside
and outside of HP," says Dick Lampman, director of HP
Labs and senior vice president of research for HP. "He
applies deep, critical thinking to seemingly insoluble problems
to develop elegant, practical solutions that drive successful
Recently, Wilkes and his team developed a suite of tools
that includes the first automatic storage-system design and
deployment loop; an automatic network-topology design tool;
online data migration tools; system performance analysis and
monitoring tools; and a complete "storage system design
The significance of this work was demonstrated at the USENIX
File and Storage Systems Technologies conference (FAST'2002),
where 5 of the 21 accepted papers (from 118 submissions) came
from Wilkes' group.
Willkes enjoys the intermingling of technology from distributed
systems and operating systems with that of storage, as well
as building bridges to the academic community.