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David Patterson

Distinguished Engineer
Google Brain, UC Berkeley

David Patterson has been a Distinguished Engineer at Google since 2016 after serving as Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, which he joined after graduating from UCLA. He works on domain-specific computer architectures for machine learning. He is also Google’s representative and on the Board of Directors of the RISC-V Foundation, whose goal is to make the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture as popular for hardware as Linux is for operating systems. His research style is to identify critical questions for the IT industry and gather inter-disciplinary groups of researchers to answer them. His best-known projects are Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC), Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID), and Networks of Workstations (NOW), each of which helped lead to billion-dollar industries. He has received more than 30 awards for research, teaching, service, and outreach.

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