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Storage Systems Expert is Newest HP Fellow

John Wilkes joins distinguished group

September 2002

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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 systems.

"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 products."

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 lifecycle."

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.

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