Albert Greenberg

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Albert Greenberg
SpouseKathryn Greenberg
AwardsNational Academy of Engineering, 2016[1]
SIGCOMM Award, 2015[2]
Koji Kobayashi Award, 2015[3][4][5]
ACM Fellow[6]
ACM Test of Time Award, 2015
ACM Sigmetrics Test of Time Award, 2013
Scientific career
Cloud computing

Albert Greenberg is an American software engineer and computer scientist who is notable for his contributions to the design of operating carrier and datacenter networks[7] as well as to advances in computer networking and cloud computing.[2][8] At Microsoft, he is a Corporate Vice President and the director of development for its Microsoft Azure service, which is a cloud computing infrastructure platform that coordinates data centers around the world.[2][9][10][11] In contrast to hard-wired computer networks, firms such as Microsoft are turning increasingly to software-defined networking (or SDN) approaches to run its cloud computing networks by managing virtual networks across "millions of servers".[12][13] He oversees development of technologies that keep the network running in the cloud, so that when component failures happen, software systems pinpoint the failures and "route around the faulty components;" the technology permits data centers to be "software-defined", allowing the cloud to grow rapidly while being flexible to meet changing needs, as he explained in 2015 in eWeek magazine.[14] His research focuses on the infrastructure of cloud services, management of enterprise networks, data center networks, and systems monitoring.[6]

Greenberg received his PhD in 1983 at the University of Washington as an ARCS Scholar (Seattle Chapter).[15] He has won numerous awards for his contributions: he is an ACM Fellow,[6] received the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award in 2015 for his "fundamental contributions to large-scale backbone networks and data-center networks,"[3][4] and won the prestigious SIGCOMM Award in 2015 for "pioneering the theory and practice of operating carrier and datacenter networks."[2] In addition, he publishes in numerous scholarly journals on topics such as networking and cloud computing.[16] He began his career at AT&T Labs and became division manager for network measurement engineering and research,[17] was promoted to executive director and an AT&T Fellow,[6] and was hired by Microsoft in 2007 as a principal researcher.[6] In 2016, he was inducted into the United States National Academy of Engineering for "contributions to the theory and practice of operating large carrier and data center networks."[1]


  1. ^ a b Randy Atkins, February 8, 2016, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering Elects 80 Members and 22 Foreign Members, Retrieved February 8, 2016
  2. ^ a b c d Daniel Robinson (21 August 2015). "Microsoft uses custom NICs to drive Azure cloud services". V3 (UK Tech news source). Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "4th International IEEE Conference". IEEE. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b IEEE staff (2015). "KOJI KOBAYASHI COMPUTERS AND COMMUNICATIONS AWARD" (PDF). IEEE. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-24. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  5. ^ 2015, IEEE, IEEE-LEVEL AWARDS, Retrieved August 24, 2015
  6. ^ a b c d e Conference listing (7 December 2010). "What Is the Next Generation Internet Forum?". IEEE Globecom 2010. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  7. ^ 2015, SIGCOMM Awards, ACM, SIGCOMM Award Recipients: The annual SIGCOMM Award, presented at the SIGCOMM Technical Conference, recognizes lifetime contribution to the field of communication networks., Retrieved August 22, 2015
  8. ^ Art Fewell (October 19, 2011). "Open Networking Summit Day 2: Cisco says "We see SDN as the next evolution of networking"". Network World. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  9. ^ Jack Clark (8 November 2013). "Microsoft reveals secrets of Azure cloud's networking underbelly: 'In the last three years everything changed'". The Register. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  10. ^ DAMON POETER (September 24, 2014). "Broadcom Launches Powerful New Ethernet Switches". PC Magazine. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  11. ^ Craig Matsumoto (June 17, 2015). "Microsoft Azure Gives SDN a Hardware Assist". SDX Central (NEWS AND RESOURCE SITE FOR SDX, SDN, NFV, CLOUD & VIRTUALIZATION INFRASTRUCTURE). Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  12. ^ Mitch Wagner (March 7, 2014). "Google, Microsoft Challenge Service Providers". Light Reading. Light Reading: Networking the Communications Industry. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  13. ^ Shamus McGillicuddy (13 March 2014). "Q&A: How Microsoft SDN and network virtualization affects you". Tech Target. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  14. ^ Pedro Hernandez (August 20, 2015). "At Microsoft, Software-Defined Networking Takes Cloudy Turn". eWeek. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  15. ^ "Spotlight". Seattle Homepage. ARCS Foundation. Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  16. ^ Ezendu Ariwa (February 28, 2014). Green Technology Applications for Enterprise and Academic Innovation. IGI Global. ISBN 9781466651678. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  17. ^ Carolyn Duffy Marsan (October 13, 2003). "AT&T touts tool to map IP traffic". Network world. Retrieved August 22, 2015.

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