Prof. Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Ph.D. is the Carnegie Group Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. From May 2001 to May 2004, Prof. Satyanarayanan served as the founding director of Intel Research Pittsburgh, one of four university-affiliated research labs established worldwide by Intel to create disruptive information technologies through its Open Collaborative Research model. As an experimental computer scientist, he designs, implements, and evaluates systems.

                                 He received his Ph.D., Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon and his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

                            He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Pervasive Computing and currently is a Fellow of the ACM (The Association for Computing Machinery), which is a learned society for computing and the IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), which is a New York based non-profit professional association technological creation and excellence.

                           He was the founding Program Chairman of the HotMobile series of workshops, the founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Pervasive Computing, and the founding director of Intel Research Pittsburgh.

                      Early in his career, Satya was a principal architect and implementor of the Andrew File System (AFS) which pioneered the use of scalable file caching, ACL-based security, and volume-based system administration for enterprise-scale information sharing. AFS was commercialized by IBM, is in widespread use today as OpenAFS, and has heavily influenced the NFS v4 network file system protocol standard that was published in April 2003.

                        Mahadev is attributed for the creation and development of Coda, a distributed file system which ensures mobility in low-bandwidth and intermittent wireless networks. The Coda distributed file system is a state of the art experimental file system developed in the group of M. Satyanarayanan at Carnegie Mellon University. Numerous people contributed to Coda which now incorporates many features not found in other systems.




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                           His research interests span mobile computing, pervasive computing and distributed systems (especially distributed file systems). Performance, availability, security, usability and manageability are some of the key attributes that he pays attention to in his work.



Pervasive Computing

His most recent work in mobile computing has focused on the role of virtual machine (VM) technology, in the context of the  Internet Suspend/Resume system  and the use of cloudlets for cyber foraging.The cloudlet concept involves promoting computing infrastructure  that can be leveraged  by mobile devices.


His most recent work in distributed systems has focused on deep search of non-text data such as digital photographs and medical images, in the context of the Diamond project.This has led to OpenSlide, a vendor-neutral open-source library for whole-slide images in digital pathology and OpenDP.org, an open source eco-system for digital pathology.