Dr. Alfred Spector Among ACM Honorees for Developing Andrew File System

Posted on May 12, 2017
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Dr. Alfred Z. Spector, Two Sigma’s Chief Technology Officer, was named as one of the recipients of the 2016 Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Software System Award.

ACM has announced that Dr. Spector, Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Michael L. Kazar, Robert N. Sidebotham, David A. Nichols, Michael J. West, John H. Howard, and Sherri M. Nichols were honored through this year’s award for their work developing the Andrew File System (AFS).

Pictures of the creators of Andrew File System

AFS was the first distributed file system designed for tens of thousands of machines, and pioneered the use of scalable, secure and ubiquitous access to shared file data. To achieve the goal of providing a common shared file system used by large networks of people, AFS introduced novel approaches to caching, security, management and administration. AFS is still in use today as both an open source system and as the file system in commercial applications. It has also inspired several cloud-based storage applications.

The 2016 Software System Award recipients designed and built the Andrew File System in the 1980’s while working as a team at the Information Technology Center (ITC), a partnership between Carnegie Mellon University and IBM.