Rich Wolski

Rich Wolski

Professor and Duval Family Presidential Chair in Energy Efficiency
Computer Science

Computer Science


5165 Harold Frank Hall

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


Top 10 Cloud Pioneers List, Information Week; Cloud Camp Hero Award; Best Cloud Innovation Award (Cloudies); Outstanding faculty Member of the Year


Operating Systems and Distributed Systems

The goal of Wolski's research is to explore ways in which the ubiquitous proliferation of high-performance network connectivity can be used to foster new distributed computing capabilities and systems.  His approach focuses on the development of highly adaptive distributed services and applications that can use resources (machines, storage systems, visualization systems, etc.) which are interconnected by a shared and fluctuating network. By adapting to the performance fluctuations caused by contention and unexpected resource failure, distributed services can deliver better client response, and distributed user applications can dynamically optimize their execution ``on-the-fly''.  Such resource-aware services and applications are keystones of cloud computing -- a web services based approach to building seamless, highly-scalable distributed systems.  Wolski's work in this burgeoning research area attempts to investigate and define the foundations upon which adaptive system components and applications can be built.


PhD Computer Science, University of California, Davis
MS Computer Science, University of California, Davis
BS Computer Science, CalPoly, San Luis Obispo