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A professor of Computer Science at Stanford University in Stanford, California, he is one of the co-founders of VMware. Since 2008 he is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery "for contributions to reinventing virtual machines", he had previously received the ACM SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award (2002). He received his B.A. degree in Math from the University of Virginia (UVA ) in 1984. He holds an M.S. degree (1989) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (1991); both from the University of California, Berkeley. While at UVA, he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. At Stanford his research group developed SimOS. His research interests include system software, distributed systems, and computer architecture. In 1998, he, along with Diane Greene, Scott Devine, Edward Wang and Edouard Bugnion founded VMware. VMware was the leader in virtualization software, which allows servers to run many operating systems and applications at the same time. As the Chief Scientist of VMware for the company's first 10 years he helped design and build virtualization technology for commodity computing platforms. On September 10, 2008, he resigned from VMware after his wife Diane Greene was terminated as the company's CEO. He is a recipient of several awards: In 1992, the National Science Foundation's National Young Investigator award; co-winner of the 1992 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award and the 2002 ACM/SIGOPS Mark Weiser Award for creativity and innovation in operating systems research; and in 2009, he was a co-winner of the ACM System Software Award. He was an IEEE Computer Society 2011 Computer Entrepreneur Award Recipient, "For creating a virtualization platform that profoundly revolutionized modern computing". In addition, in 1994 he received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an ACM Fellow. Since 2012, he has been Faculty Director, Stanford Computer Forum and Faculty Director, Stanford Experimental Data Center Laboratory. He has published research in the area of disk storage management, computer simulation techniques, scalable operating system structure, virtualization computer security, and mobility. He is the co-holder of numerous patents, a few of which are: for “Virtual appliance management", (2011); “Context-switching to and from a host OS in a virtualized computer system", (2010); “Cache-based system management architecture with virtual appliances, network repositories, and virtual appliance transceivers", (2008); and “Virtual machine monitors for scalable multiprocessors", (2000).
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    Designer and builder of virtualization technology for commodity computing platforms
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