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David A. Patterson

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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.

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.

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