Peter Druschel

Distributed Systems Group
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
Campus E1.4
66123 Saarbrücken
Tel: +49 681 9303 9100

Peter Druschel is the founding director of the institute. He also leads the distributed systems research group. Prior to joining the MPI-SWS in August 2005, Peter was a Professor of Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, TX. He also spent time with the SRC group at Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6) (May-June 2000, June 2002), the Cambridge Distributed Systems group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK (August- December 2000), and the PDOS group at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (January-June 2001).

Peter received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1994, under the direction of Larry L. Peterson. He is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award (1995), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2000), and the 2008 Mark Weiser Award. He is on the editorial boards of the Communications of the ACM (CACM) and the ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS) and has served as program chair for SOSP, OSDI and NSDI. Together with Antony Rowstron and Frans Kaashoek, he started the IPTPS series of workshops. Peter is a member of the Academia Europaea and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.


Peter's research interests are in understanding, designing and building computer systems, particularly distributed systems, networks and operating systems. Current projects focus on dependable decentralized systems, cooperative computing and communication, and social networks.

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Our research is currently supported by the Max Planck Society, the US National Science Foundation, the Texas Advanced Technology Program, the Sloan Foundation, HP, IBM, and Intel.