Larry L. Peterson

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Larry L. Peterson is a noted American computer scientist, known primarily as the Director of the PlanetLab Consortium, co-author (with Bruce Davie) of the networking textbook "Computer Networks: A Systems Approach," and for his research on the TCP Vegas congestion control algorithm and the x-kernel operating system.

Dr. Peterson received his B.S. in Computer Science from Kearney State College, Nebraska, in 1979, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1982 and 1985 under Douglas Comer, respectively. He then served as a professor at the University of Arizona, and later as the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University, where he also served as Department Chair from 2003 to 2009. While at Princeton, he co-founded a startup to commercialize CDN technology developed on PlanetLab that was subsequently acquired by Akamai Technologies. He is now Emeritus at Princeton University, and splits his time between the University of Arizona and the Open Networking Laboratory.

He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Transactions on Computer Systems, on the Editorial Board for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and the IEEE Journal on Select Areas in Communication, and program chair for SOSP, NSDI, and HotNets. He is an ACM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is also the recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Award and the ACM SIGCOMM Award.

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