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David Patterson (scientist)

David Andrew Patterson (born November 16, 1947) is an American computer pioneer and academic who has held the position of Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley since 1977.

Patterson is noted for his pioneering contributions to RISC processor design, having coined the term RISC, and by leading the Berkeley RISC project.[1] He is also noted for his research on RAID disks.

His book on computer architecture (co-authored with John L. Hennessy) is widely used in computer science education. Patterson is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


  • Background
  • Research and academic Contributions
  • Past Positions
  • Books
  • Awards
  • Charity
  • Recent Work
  • Ph.D. Students
  • Notes
  • References
  • External links


A native of Evergreen Park, Illinois, David Patterson attended UCLA, receiving his B.A. in 1969, M.S. in 1970 and Ph.D. (advised by David F. Martin and Gerald Estrin) in 1976.

Research and academic Contributions

He is an important proponent of the concept of Reduced Instruction Set Computer and coined the term "RISC".[1] He led the Berkeley RISC project from 1980 and onwards along with Carlo H. Sequin, where the technique of register windows was introduced. He is also one of the innovators of the Redundant Arrays of Independent Disks (RAID) (in collaboration with Randy Katz and Garth Gibson), and Network of Workstations (NOW) (in collaboration with Eric Brewer and David Culler).

Past Positions

Past chair of the Computer Science Department at U.C. Berkeley and the Computing Research Association, he served on the Information Technology Advisory Committee for the U.S. President (PITAC) during 2003–05 and was elected president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for 2004–06.


He co-authored five books, including two with John L. Hennessy on computer architecture: Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (5 editions—latest is ISBN 0-12-383872-X) and Computer Organization and Design: the Hardware/Software Interface (4 editions—latest is ISBN 0-12-374493-8). They have been widely used as textbooks for graduate and undergraduate courses since 1990.


His work has been recognized by about 30 awards for research, teaching, and service, including Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as well as by election to the National Academy of Engineering and the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. In 2005 he and Hennessy shared Japan's Computer & Communication award and, in 2006, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Computing Research Association. In 2007 he was named a Fellow of the Computer History Museum and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2008, won the ACM Distinguished Service Award, the ACM-IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Award, and was recognized by the School of Engineering at UCLA for Alumni Achievement in Academia.


Since 2003 he has ridden in the annual Waves to Wine MS charity event as part of Bike MS; he was the top fundraiser in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Recent Work

David Patterson's recent projects have been the RAD Lab: Reliable Adaptive Distributed systems, RAMP: Research Accelerator for Multiple Processors, the Par Lab: Parallel Computing Laboratory, and the AMP Lab: Algorithms, Machines, and People Laboratory.

Ph.D. Students

He has advised a number of notable Ph.D. candidates, including:

  • Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Peter Bodik, researcher at Microsoft
  • Pete Chen, professor at the University of Michigan
  • Mike Dahlin, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas
  • David Ditzel, founder and former president of Transmeta
  • Garth A. Gibson, co-inventor of RAID, founder and CTO of Panasas, and professor at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Mark Hill, professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Manolis Katevenis, pioneer in RISC VLSI implementation and high-speed network switches
  • Kim Keeton, researcher at Hewlett Packard Labs
  • Christos Kozyrakis, associate professor at Stanford University
  • Corinna Lee, architect at ATI Technologies
  • David Ungar, designer of the Self programming language
  • Robert Yung, CTO of PMC-Sierra



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