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Encyclopedia > David A. Patterson

David A. Patterson has been Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley since 1977. He is one of the pioneers of both Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC) and Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID), which are widely used. He co-authored five books, including two on computer architecture with John Hennessy. They have been popular in graduate and undergraduate courses since 1990. Past chair of the Computer Science Department at U.C. Berkeley and the Computing Research Association, he was elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for 2004 to 2006 and served on the Information Technology Advisory Committee for the U.S. Presient (PITAC) from 2003 to 2005. Edsger Dijkstra said: Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. ... University of California, Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a public coeducational university situated in the foothills of Berkeley, California, USA to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate. ... Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC), is a microprocessor CPU design philosophy that favors a smaller and simpler set of instructions that all take about the same amount of time to execute. ... Raid or RAID has several meanings: Redundant array of independent disks Raid bug spray The French elite police unit, Recherche Assistance Intervention Dissuasion A sudden, forcible entry by police A military operation or attack, air raid e. ... Computer architecture is the theory behind the design of a computer. ... John L. Hennessy is the founder of MIPS Computer Systems Inc. ... The Association for Computing Machinery, or ACM, was founded in 1947 as the worlds first scientific and educational computing society. ...

His work was recognized by education and research awards from ACM and IEEE and by election to the National Academy of Engineering. In 2005 he shared Japan's Computer & Communication award with Hennessy and was named to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE (pronounced as eye-triple-ee) is an international non-profit, professional organization incorporated in the State of New York, United States. ... Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in the United States provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. ...

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