Roy Levin
Roy Roy Levin is a former Distinguished Engineer and Managing Director of Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, which he co-founded in August, 2001 and led until the lab was closed in September, 2014. The lab included approximately 65 researchers working in the area of distributed computing and operates in a highly collaborative style that embraces the technical spectrum from theory to practice.

From 1996 until he joined Microsoft, Levin was Director of the Digital/Compaq Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, California. Previously, he was a senior researcher in the Center since its founding in 1984. During those years he was a primary contributor and project leader for the Vesta software configuration management system and for the Topaz multi-processor programming environment and its micro-kernel operating system. Before joining Digital, Levin was a researcher at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, where he was a principal developer and project co-leader of Cedar, an experimental programming environment for high-performance workstations. He was also a developer of Grapevine, a landmark electronic mail system.

Levin received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977 and his B.S. in Mathematics from Yale University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a former chair of Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS). He is author or co-author of approximately 25 technical papers, books, and patents.

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