John Ousterhout

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John Ousterhout
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Born (1954-10-15) October 15, 1954 (age 67)
EducationBachelor's degree in physics, Ph.D in computer science
Known forTcl, Tk, Magic
AwardsGrace Murray Hopper Award (1987)
ACM Software System Award

John Kenneth Ousterhout (/ˈstərht/, born October 15, 1954) is a professor of computer science at Stanford University. He founded Electric Cloud with John Graham-Cumming. Ousterhout was a professor of computer science at University of California, Berkeley where he created the Tcl scripting language and the Tk platform-independent widget toolkit, and proposed the idea of coscheduling.[1] Ousterhout led the research group that designed the experimental Sprite operating system and the first log-structured file system.[2] Ousterhout also led the team that developed the Magic VLSI computer-aided design (CAD) program.[3]

He received his bachelor's degree in physics from Yale University in 1975, and his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980.[4]

Ousterhout received the Grace Murray Hopper Award in 1987 for his work on CAD systems for very-large-scale integrated circuits.[5] For the same work, he was inducted in 1994 as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.[6] Ousterhout was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 for improving our ability to program computers by raising the level of abstraction.

In 1994, Ousterhout left Berkeley to join Sun Microsystems Laboratories, which hired a team to join him in Tcl development. After several years at Sun, he left and co-founded Scriptics, Inc. (later renamed Ajuba Solutions) in January 1998 to provide professional Tcl development tools.[4] Most of the Tcl team followed him from Sun. Ajuba was purchased by Interwoven in October 2000. He joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2008.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • Michael Stonebraker; Randy Katz, David Patterson, John Ousterhout (1988). "THE DESIGN OF XPRS" (PDF). VLDB: 318–330. Retrieved 25 March 2015.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • A Philosophy of Software Design, (Yaknyam Press, 2018, ISBN 1732102201)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ousterhout, J.K.; Jones, K. (2009). Tcl and the Tk Toolkit. Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series. Pearson Education. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-321-67086-1. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  2. ^ Rosenblum, Mendel; Ousterhout, John K. (1992). "The design and implementation of a log-structured file system" (PDF). ACM Transactions on Computer Systems. 10 (1): 26–52. doi:10.1145/146941.146943. ISSN 0734-2071. S2CID 28452863.
  3. ^ Ousterhout, John; Hamachi, Gordon; Mayo, Robert; Scott, Walter; Taylor, George (1985). "The Magic VLSI Layout System". IEEE Design & Test of Computers. 2 (1): 19–30. doi:10.1109/MDT.1985.294681. ISSN 0740-7475.
  4. ^ a b c "John Ousterhout".
  5. ^ Grace Murray Hopper Award citation Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2010-04-21.
  6. ^ ACM Fellow citation, retrieved 2010-04-21.

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