Henry M. Levy

Chairman and Wissner-Slivka Chair
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Washington

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Henry M. Levy holds the Wissner-Slivka Chair in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Hank's research projects focus on operating systems, distributed systems, security, the world-wide web, and computer architecture.


Hank is author of two books and over 100 papers on computer systems design. His publications have earned over a dozen best-paper awards (including 9 from the top operating systems conferences), and 3 "test of time / influential paper" awards in both operating systems and computer architecture. He is former chair of ACM SIGOPS (the Special Interest Group on Operating Systems), former program chair of the ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), the ACM Conference on Arhictectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS), and the IEEE Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HOTOS).

Hank is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and recipient of a Fulbright Research Scholar Award. He has co-founded two companies -- Skytap, a Seattle cloud-computing company, and Performant, Inc., a company in the Java performance space (acquired by Mercury in 2003) -- and is a member of the Technical Advisory Boards of Isilon Systems, Zillow.com, Corensic, and Madrona Venture Group. In a previous life, Hank was a Consulting Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) where he worked on commercial operating systems and systems architecture. He was deeply involved in the design and construction of the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering and is art curator for the Allen Center art collection.

Twenty-four Ph.D. and seventeen Master's students have survived Levy's supervision; the Ph.D. students have escaped to academic positions or major research labs. When not glued to his workstation, Hank can usually be found skiing, biking, playing tennis, helping to lead the department's infamous softball team (the Smiling Potatoes of Death), or sampling desserts at one of Seattle's many dessert parlors.

Some current and previous research projects
Current students
Some of my former PhD students
Alex Moshchuk, Microsoft Research
Vivek Narasayya, Microsoft Research
Rajendra Raj, Rochester Institute of Technology
Josh Redstone, Google
Charlie Reis, Google
Yasushi Saito, Google
Stefan Saroiu, University of Toronto, MSR
Mike Swift, University of Wisconsin
Chandu Thekkath, Microsoft Research - Silicon Valley
Dean Tullsen, University of California, San Diego
Geoff Voelker, University of California, San Diego
Alec Wolman, Microsoft Research

Some Example Publications

levy at cs.washington.edu