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A 2011 IBM Fellow, the highest honor a scientist, engineer, or programmer at IBM can achieve; he is Chief Architect for Next Generation Computing Systems in IBM Research. He is also an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University in the NCSU ECE and Computer Science departments, focusing primarily on computer and networking architecture and technology. His primary research interest is in computer architecture and systems (including microprocessor architecture, parallel and distributed computer architecture, security and reliable/fault-tolerant computing). Other areas of research in which he is involved are, networking (including computer communications, network security, networking services and management). He received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama in 1984; his M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1988; and in 1997, he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University in Durham, North Caroline. He began his career in the IBM Networking Division at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina in 1984, working on multiple networking products, as well as network system architecture and technologies in general. In 1997, he joined the IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG) where he was Systems Architect for Systems x and BladeCenter products, and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the BladeCenter system family. He has authored or co-authored numerous publications the latest of which are: ?Workload And Network-Optimized Computing Systems?, with David LaPotin, Shahrokh Daijavad, Charles Johnson, Kazuaki Ishizaki, Hubertus Franke, Heather Achilles, Dan Dumarot, Nancy Greco and Bijan Davari, IBM Journal of Research and Development, Volume 54, Number 1, 2010; ?Applying Amdahl?s Other Law to the Data Center?, with Dave Cohen, Fabrizio Petrini, Mike Day, Muli Ben-Yehuda and Uri Cummings, IBM Journal of Research and Development, Volume 53, Number 5, 2009; ?AC Coupled Backplane Communications Using Embedded Capacitor?, with Bruce Su, Pravin Patel, Moises Cases, Paul D Franzon, 17th Conference on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging, San Jose, CA, October 27-29, 2008; and ?BladeCenter Networking?, with Norm Strole, David Cosby and David Green, IBM Journal of Research and Development, September/November 2005.