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Design and Implementation, 2/e

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Andrew S. Tanenbaum has an S.B. degree from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he heads the Computer Systems Group. He is also Dean of the Advanced School for Computing and Imaging, an interuniversity graduate school doing research on advanced parallel, distributed, and imaging systems. Nevertheless, he is trying very hard to avoid turning into a bureaucrat.

In the past, he has done research on compilers, operating systems, networking, and local-area distributed systems. His current research focuses primarily on the design of wide-area distributed systems that scale to millions of users. These research projects have led to over 70 refereed papers in journals and conference proceedings, and five books.

Prof. Tanenbaum has also produced a considerable volume of software. He was the principal architect of the Amsterdam Compiler Kit, a widely-used toolkit for writing portable compilers, as well as of MINIX. Together with his Ph.D. students and programmers, he helped design the Amoeba distributed operating system, a high-performance microkernel-based distributed operating system. MINIX and Amoeba are now available for free for education and research via the Internet.

His Ph.D. students have gone on to greater glory after getting their degrees. He is very proud of them. In this respect he resembles a mother hen.

Prof. Tanenbaum is a Fellow of the ACM, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, winner of the 1994 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and winner of the 1997 ACM/SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education. He is also listed in Who's Who in the World. His home page on the World Wide Web can be found at URL .

Albert S. Woodhull has an S.B. degree from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He entered M.I.T. intending to become an electrical engineer, but he emerged as a biologist. He has been associated with the School of Natural Science of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, since 1973. As a biologist using electronic instrumentation, he started working with microcomputers when they became readily available. His instrumentation courses for science students evolved into courses in computer interfacing and real-time programming.

Dr. Woodhull has always had strong interests in teaching and in the role of science and technology in development. Before entering graduate school he taught high school science for two years in Nigeria. More recently he spent several sabbaticals teaching computer science at Nicaragua's Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua.

He is interested in computers as electronic systems, and in interactions of computers with other electronic systems. He particularly enjoys teaching in the areas of computer architecture, assembly language programming, operating systems, and computer communications. He has also worked as a consultant in the development of electronic instrumentation and related software.

He has many nonacademic interests as well, including various outdoor sports, amateur radio, and reading. He enjoys travelling and trying to make himself understood in languages other than his native English. His World Wide Web home page is located on a system running MINIX, at URL .

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