Joseph Pasquale

Computer Science and Engineering

Joseph Pasquale is a professor of computer science and holder of the J. Robert Beyster Chair in Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he has been on the faculty since 1987. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and S.B. and S.M. degrees from MIT. He has published over 120 refereed articles and technical reports in the areas of operating systems and networks, with several award papers. During 1991-94, Pasquale led a team of researchers to architect and build the Sequoia 2000 Network, a wide-area high-speed multimedia network connecting five University of California campuses. He also led the CSE Department's UCSD ActiveWeb project in 1998-2005, and the FWGrid project in 2008-2011, both large-scale NSF-funded projects investigating cloud computing architectures. Pasquale is a recipient of UCSD Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching, the UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, Faculty Awards from IBM, NCR, and TRW, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. He was a member of the select IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group, and has served on numerous ACM and IEEE technical program conference committees, including those for SIGCOMM, SIGMETRICS, ICDCS, INFOCOM, Multimedia, NOSSDAV, CSCW, and ISADS.

Pasquale's research interests are in operating systems, distributed systems and networks, focusing on performance and reliability of Internet-scale systems with highly decentralized control. His work has spanned topics in mobile/wireless systems, Internet/web computing, cloud computing, peer-to-peer systems, thin-client computing, I/O system software and network-based I/O, long-running replicated systems, extended client/server structures, mobile agents, packet scheduling for network QoS, OS/network support for multimedia (audio and video), TCP/IP performance, file system I/O performance, multicast routing, OS kernel structure, and process scheduling. He teaches courses primarily on operating systems at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as freshman seminars on far-ranging topics such as gambling theory and the slide rule. In recent years, he has been actively involved in the designs of a math and engineering-oriented study-abroad program in Rome for undergraduates, and an outreach program to interest high school students in computer science.


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