Ion Stoica

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Ion Stoica
Born Ion Lucretiu Stoica
Citizenship United States
Nationality Romanian
Institutions University of California Berkeley
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Thesis Stateless Core: A Scalable Approach for Quality of Service in the Internet (2000)
Doctoral advisor Hui Zhang[2]
Known for Chord[3]
Apache Spark
Notable awards ACM Fellow[4]

Ion Lucretiu Stoica is a Romanian-American computer scientist specializing in distributed systems, cloud computing and computer networking.[1][5] He is a professor of computer science at the University of California Berkeley and co-director of AMPLab. He co-founded Conviva, and Databricks, with other original developers of Apache Spark.


Stoica was born and raised in Romania and educated at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, graduating with a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1989. He went on to study at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) gaining a Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering in 2000 supervised by Hui Zhang.[2][6] Subjects included Chord (peer-to-peer), Core-Stateless Fair Queueing (CSFQ), and Internet Indirection Infrastructure (i3).

Stoica's research interests included cloud computing,[7] networking, distributed systems and big data.[1] He authored or co-authored more than 100 peer reviewed papers in various areas of computer science.[1][8][9]

Before joining the University of California, Berkeley as a tenure-track professor, Stoica held a postdoctoral research position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[citation needed]

Stoica was a co-founder and chief technology officer of Conviva in 2006,[10] a company that came out of the End System Multicast project at CMU. In 2013 he co-founded Databricks, serving as its chief executive until being replaced by Ali Ghodsi in January 2016, when he became executive chairman.[11]


Stoica won the Association for Computing Machinery doctoral dissertation Award in 2001.[6][12] Stoica is the recipient of a SIGCOMM Test of Time Award (2011), the 2007 CoNEXT Rising Star Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship (2003) and a PECASE Award (2002). Stoica is also an ACM Fellow.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Ion Stoica publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. ^ a b Ion Stoica at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Stoica, I.; Morris, R.; Karger, D.; Kaashoek, M. F.; Balakrishnan, H. (2001). "Chord: A scalable peer-to-peer lookup service for internet applications" (PDF). ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review. 31 (4): 149. doi:10.1145/964723.383071. 
  4. ^ a b Ion Stoica author profile page at the ACM Digital Library
  5. ^ Dabek, Frank; Kaashoek, M. Frans; Karger, David; Morris, Robert; Stoica, Ion (2001). "Wide-area cooperative storage with CFS". ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review. 35 (5): 202. doi:10.1145/502059.502054. ISSN 0163-5980. 
  6. ^ a b Stoica, Ion Lucretiu (2000). Stateless Core: A Scalable Approach for Quality of Service in the Internet. (PhD thesis). Carnegie Mellon University. ISBN 9783540219606. OCLC 249141703. 
  7. ^ Armbrust, Michael; Stoica, Ion; Zaharia, Matei; Fox, Armando; Griffith, Rean; Joseph, Anthony D.; Katz, Randy; Konwinski, Andy; Lee, Gunho; Patterson, David; Rabkin, Ariel (2010). "A view of cloud computing". Communications of the ACM. 53 (4): 50. doi:10.1145/1721654.1721672. ISSN 0001-0782. 
  8. ^ Ion Stoica at DBLP Bibliography Server
  9. ^ Ion Stoica's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier. (subscription required)
  10. ^ "Our Team". Conviva web site. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Former SICS-researcher Ali Ghodsi new CEO of Databricks". RISE web site. January 13, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ion Stoica - Award Winner". Association for Computing Machinery.