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ESnet (United States)

William Johnston

William E. (Bill) Johnston is a Senior Scientist and advisor to ESnet – the national network that serves the National Laboratories and science programs of the US Dept. of Energy Office of Science.
Bill led ESnet between 2003 and 2008, during which time ESnet undertook a complete reanalysis of the requirements of DOE's science programs that ESnet supports. As a result of this a new network architecture and an implementation approach were defined that would accommodate the massive data flows of science as typified by the movement of petabytes/year from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This new network was built in 2007 and 2008.
Previously Bill ran the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Distributed Systems Department and worked on many projects related to the application of computing in science environments. He also co-founded the Grid Forum (now OGF) with Ian Foster and Charlie Catlett.
Bill has worked in the field of computing for more than 40 years and has taught computer science at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Physics from San Francisco State University. Bill may be reached at wej@es.net or johnstonwe@gmail.com. For more information see www.dsd.lbl.gov/ ~ wej.

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