Larry Peterson

Larry Peterson

Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus

Department of Computer Science
35 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Office: CS 208
Phone: 609-258-6077
Email: llp (at) cs (dot) princeton (dot) edu


Larry Peterson is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus and Director of the Princeton-hosted PlanetLab Consortium. He served as Chair of the CS Department from 2003-2009. In 2007 Peterson co-founded CoBlitz LLC to commercialize CDN technology developed on PlanetLab. CoBlitz was acquired by Veriue Inc. in 2010, and subsequently by Akamai in 2012. Peterson is co-author of the best selling networking textbook Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (5e), and chaired the initial planning efforts that led to NSF's GENI Initiative. His research focuses on the design and implementation of networked systems. Some of his recent projects and papers can be found here.

Professor Peterson is a former Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, was on the Editorial Board for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and the IEEE Journal on Select Areas in Communication, and served as program chair for SOSP, NSDI, and HotNets. Peterson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communication Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 1985.

The following papers were mentioned in his 2013 SIGCOMM Keynote (slides):

GENI Design Principles
PlanetLab Policy Considerations
PlanetLab Design Principles


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