David A. Patterson

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David A. Patterson

David Andrew Patterson (born November 16, 1947 in Evergreen Park , Illinois ) is an American computer scientist .

Patterson graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles . Since 1977 he has been Professor of Computer Science (Computer Architecture) at the University of California, Berkeley . After retiring, he worked on artificial intelligence at Google .

Patterson studied at the University of California, Los Angeles , where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1969, his master's degree in computer science in 1970, and his doctorate in computer science in 1976. He then taught at Berkeley. In his teaching, he attaches great importance to close ties with industry and commercial implementation of his research. His monograph on computer architecture with John L. Hennessy with quantitative access was very influential and is a standard work ( Computer Architecture - a quantitative approach ). Since the book was aimed primarily at computer engineers, they also published an introductory textbook on computer architecture ( Computer Organization and Design - the Hardware / Software Interface ).

In 1982/83 he led the Berkeley RISC project together with Carlo H. Sequin (in collaboration with the VLSI program of the ARPA ) which led to RISC I, the first VLSI Reduced Instruction Set Computer . On this basis, Sun Microsystems later developed the SPARC processor .

From 1989 to 1993, Patterson, together with Randy Katz , developed the RAID concept (redundant array of independent disks, German: Redundant arrangement of independent hard drives).

In 1994 he became a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was its President from 2004 to 2006. He is a Fellow of the IEEE , the National Academy of Sciences , the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering . He is a fellow of the Computer History Museum . In 2008 he received the Eckert-Mauchly Award .

Since 2010 he has been developing the RISC-V architecture together with Krste Asanovic . He is also behind the Network of Workstations (NOW) project in Berkeley, which is building a distributed supercomputer with networked workstations.

He is a recreational athlete (formerly rugby, wrestling).


  • David Patterson, John Hennessy: Computer Organization and Computer Design: The Hardware / Software Interface . 5th edition. De Gruyter, 2016, ISBN 978-3-11-044605-0 .
    • English edition: Computer Organization and Design, The Hardware / Software Interface , ARM Edition, The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design, Morgan Kaufmann, 2017, ISBN 0-12-374493-8 (with contributions by Alexander Perry)
  • David Patterson, John Hennessy: Computer Architecture: a Quantitative Approach , with contributions by David Goldberg, Krste Asanovic, 5th edition, Elsevier 2012 (first 1990)
    • German edition: Computer architecture: analysis, design, implementation, evaluation , Vieweg 1994 (edited by Dieter Jungmann)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Johanna Pfund, I like what I do, Süddeutsche Zeitung Spezial, Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 27, 2018, p. 17 (portrait of Patterson)
  2. Carlo H. Séquin, David Patterson: Design and Implementation of RISC I . EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley 1982 ( PDF ).
  3. David A. Patterson, Garth A. Gibson, Randy Katz: A Case for Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) . EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley 1987 ( PDF ).
  4. ^ Berkeley Now Project