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Encyclopedia > Peter J. Denning

Peter J. Denning is a computer scientist and one of the team members of the Multics project. Multics was influential in Ken Thompson's development of Unix.


He graduated with PhD from MIT in 1968 and took an academic job at Princeton. He developed a unified theory of virtual memory and invented the working set model for optimal memory management and in 1983 moved to NASA. Denning is currently the head of the Computer Science Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.


In 1974 Peter J. Denning married Dorothy E. Denning who later became an international expert in security, information warfare, and terrorism. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School.

External links

  • Dr Peter J. Denning -- Home Page (http://cne.gmu.edu/denning/)
  • Dorothy Denning's Home Page (http://www.cs.georgetown.edu/~denning/)



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