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Thorsten Von Eicken is assistant professor of computer science at Cornell University. His research has focused on high-performance communication in clusters of workstations and developed the U-Net user-level networking architecture to close the dramatic gap between the bit rate of high-speed networks and the communication performance seen by applications. He recently started a new project: the Safe Language Kernel (SLK), which is an operating system infrastructure for customizable Internet servers and application-specific gateways. The primary goal of SLK is to allow users to download custom services into servers in the network in a secure yet flexible manner. Just as Java enables Web browsers in which users safely download applets, SLK will enable safe Internet servers into which users can upload servlets. Dr. Von Eicken received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He was the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award in 1997. He has published widely on high-performance computing architectures, parallel computing/programming, and low-latency data communications.break



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