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Edouard Bugnion

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Edouard Bugnion
Other namesEd
Alma materETH Zurich,
Stanford University
Vice President at EPFL
Known forSimOS, VMware

Edouard "Ed" Bugnion (born 1970) is a Swiss computer science professor and the co-founder of VMware.


Bugnion was raised in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.[1]

Bugnion graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from ETH Zurich in 1994 and a master's degree from Stanford University in 1996. He was one of the five founders of VMware in 1998 (with his advisor Mendel Rosenblum) and was the chief architect until 2004.[2] He had been a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Stanford University prior to co-founding VMware. While he was chief architect, VMware developed the secure desktop initiative also known as NetTop for the US National Security Agency.[3] His primary research interests are in operating systems and computer architectures, and he was a key member of the SimOS and Disco virtual machine research teams.

After VMware, Bugnion was a founder of Nuova Systems which was funded by Cisco Systems, and acquired by them in April 2008.[4] Bugnion joined Cisco as vice president and chief technology officer of Cisco's Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit.[5] He promoted Cisco's Data Center 3.0 vision, and appeared in advertisements.[6] He resigned from Cisco in 2011 and resumed his PhD program of study at Stanford University, which he graduated from in 2012. In 2014, he became Adjunct Professor at the School of Computer Science at EPFL, Switzerland, where he is now a Full Professor and the Vice President for Information Systems.[7]

Bugnion co-authored papers on operating systems and platform virtualization such as “Disco: Running Commodity Operating Systems on Scalable Multiprocessors,” in 1997.[8]

Bugnion is also an angel investor in startup companies such as Cumulus Networks.[9]

He was elected as an ACM Fellow in 2017.[10]

In 2020, Bugnion took a key role in fighting Covid19 through Exposure Notification, as a principal member of the team behind the concept and the implementation in Switzerland. He was also a member of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force.


  1. ^ "Edouard Bugnion". Personal student web page. Stanford University. Archived from the original on October 6, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "VMware Leadership". Archived from the original on December 29, 2004. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "NSA hones secure desktop to run multiple OSes". Government Computer News. September 17, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Remaining Interest in Nuova Systems". News release. Cisco systems. April 8, 2008. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Charles Waltner (March 16, 2009). "The Evolution of Data Center 3.0". News release. Cisco systems. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  6. ^ Dante Malagrino interview of Ed Bugnion (April 8, 2008). "Cisco Nexus 5000 Enables Virtualization Optimization". Promotional video by Cisco. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  7. ^ "Biography at EPFL". Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  8. ^ Edouard Bugnion; Scott Devine; Kinshuk Govil; Mendel Rosenblum (November 1997). "Disco: Running Commodity Operating Systems on Scalable Multiprocessors" (PDF). ACM Transactions on Computer Systems. 15 (4): 412–447. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/265924.265930. S2CID 47286484. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 13, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  9. ^ "Cumulus Networks™ Brings The Power Of Linux® To Networking". Archived from the original on 2013-06-27.
  10. ^ ACM Recognizes 2017 Fellows for Making Transformative Contributions and Advancing Technology in the Digital Age, Association for Computing Machinery, December 11, 2017, retrieved 2017-11-13