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Issue No.04 - Oct.-Dec. (2012 vol.34)
pp: 72-77
A leading scientist in computing since his graduation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968, Peter J. Denning is best known for his pioneering work in virtual memory, especially for inventing the working-set model for program behavior, which eliminated thrashing in operating systems and became the reference standard for all memory management policies. He is also known for his work on the principles of operating systems, operational analysis of queuing network systems, the design and implementation of the Computer Science Network, CSNET, ACM digital library, and codifying the principles of computing. In this interview, Denning discusses his career path and his efforts to promote computer science education and help the field flourish.
Interviews, Virtual reality, Memory, ACM, history of computing, working sets, operating systems theory, CSNET, computer science education, principles of computing, RIACS
David Walden, "Peter J. Denning", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.34, no. 4, pp. 72-77, Oct.-Dec. 2012, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2012.65
1. , This interview was conducted by email in July and August 2012. The original 6,400 word interview was edited down to the length of this column by the interviewer with the approval of the interviewee.
2. P.J. Denning, "Working Set Publications," http:// PUBSWorkingsets.html .
3. E.G. Coffman and P.J. Denning, Operating Systems Theory, Prentice-Hall, 1973.
4. W. Strunk and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, 4th ed., Longman, 1999.
5. P.J. Denning, A. Hearn, and C.W. Kern, "History and Overview of CSNET," Proc. ACM Symp. Comm. Architectures and Protocols (SIGCOMM 83), ACM Press, 1983, pp. 138–145; http://www.internetsociety. org/sites/default/ files/pdfComm83.pdf.
6. P.J. Denning and R. Dunham, The Innovator's Way Essential Practices for Successful Innovation, MIT Press, 2010.
7. See http://denninginstitute.comdenning for a full biography.
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