Scott Shenker

Scott J. Shenker (born January 24, 1956 in Alexandria, Virginia) is an American computer scientist, and professor of computer science at UC Berkeley.[2] He is also the leader of the Initiatives Group and the Chief Scientist of the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California.

Scott Shenker
Born (1956-01-24) January 24, 1956
Alma materBrown University
University of Chicago
AwardsMember of National Academy of Engineering (2012)
IEEE Internet Award (2006)
ACM Fellow (2003)
IEEE Fellow
Paris Kanellakis Award (2017)
Scientific career
InstitutionsXerox Corporation
University of Southern California
UC Berkeley
ThesisScaling behavior in a map of a circle onto itself: Empirical results (1983)
Doctoral advisorLeo Kadanoff[1]

Over his career, Shenker has made research contributions in the areas of energy-efficient processor scheduling, resource sharing, and software-defined networking. In 2002, he received the SIGCOMM Award[3] in recognition of his "contributions to Internet design and architecture, to fostering research collaboration, and as a role model for commitment and intellectual rigor in networking research".

Shenker is an ISI Highly Cited researcher. According to Google Scholar he is one of the five highest-ranked American computer scientists, with total citations exceeding 100,000.[4]


Shenker received his Sc.B. in Physics from Brown University in 1978, and his PhD in Physics from University of Chicago in 1983.[5] In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from the same university.[6]

After working as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University, he joined the research staff at Xerox PARC. He left PARC in 1998 to help found the AT&T Center for Internet Research, which was later renamed the ICSI Center for Internet Research (ICIR).[7]

In 1995, Shenker contributed to the field of energy-efficient processor scheduling, co-authoring a paper on deadline-based scheduling with Frances Yao and Alan Demers.[8]

In 2002, Scott Shenker received the SIGCOMM Award[3] in recognition of his "contributions to Internet design and architecture, to fostering research collaboration, and as a role model for commitment and intellectual rigor in networking research".

In 2006, he received the IEEE Internet Award[9] "For contributions towards an understanding of resource sharing on the Internet."

He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.[10] In 2016 he became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[11] He is brother of string theorist Stephen Shenker.

Shenker is a leader in the movement toward software-defined networking (SDN). He is the co-founder of the Open Networking Foundation and of Nicira Networks.[12]

Publications (selection)

  • H. Li, A. Ghodsi, M. Zaharia, S. Shenker, and I. Stoica, "Tachyon: Reliable, Memory Speed Storage for Cluster Computing Frameworks," in ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing, 2014.
  • M. Zaharia, T. Das, H. Li, T. Hunter, S. Shenker, and I. Stoica, "Discretized Streams: Fault-Tolerant Streaming Computation at Scale," in ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, 2013.
  • R. S. Xin, J. Rosen, M. Zaharia, M. Franklin, S. Shenker, and I. Stoica, "Shark: SQL and Rich Analytics at Scale," EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley, Tech. Rep. UCB/EECS-2012-214, Nov. 2012.
  • J. Feigenbaum and S. Shenker, "Distributed algorithmic mechanism design: Recent results and future directions," in Proc. 6th Intl. Workshop on Discrete Algorithms and Methods for Mobile Computing and Communications, New York, NY: ACM Press, 2002, pp. 1-13.
  • S. Ratnasamy, P. Francis, M. Handley, R. M. Karp, and S. Shenker, "A scalable content-addressable network," in Proc. ACM SIGCOMM 2001 Conf.: Applications, Technologies, Architectures, and Protocols for Computer Communications, New York, NY: The Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., 2001, pp. 161-172.
  • R. Braden, D. Clark, and S. Shenker, "Integrated Services in the Internet Architecture: An Overview," Internet Engineering Task Force, Tech. Rep. RFC 1633, June 1994.
  • A. Demers, S. Keshav, and S. Shenker, "Analysis and simulation of a fair queueing algorithm," in Proc. SIGCOMM '89 Symp. on Communications Architectures and Protocols, New York, NY: ACM Press, 1989, pp. 1-12.
  • A. Demers, D. Greene, C. Hauser, W. Irish, J. Larson, S. Shenker, H. Sturgis, D. Swinehart, and D. Terry, "Epidemic algorithms for replicated database maintenance," in Proc. 6th Annual ACM Symp. on Principles of Distributed Computing, F. B. Schneider, Ed., New York, NY: ACM Press, 1987, pp. 1-12.


  1. Scott Shenker at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. "Scott Shenker's Berkeley Homepage". Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  3. "SIGCOMM Award Recipients". ACM SIGCOMM. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  4. See Scott Shenker's Google Scholar Profile
  5. "Scott Shenker's Biography at ICSI". Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  6. "Honorary Degrees 2000-2009". University of Chicago. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  7. "Scott Shenker Selected to Serve as First Chief Scientist of ICSI". Market Watch. Retrieved 2012-09-14.
  8. Yao, F.; Demers, A.; S., Shenker (1995), "A scheduling model for reduced CPU energy", Proc. 36th IEEE Symp. Foundations of Computer Science, pp. 374–382, CiteSeerX, doi:10.1109/SFCS.1995.492493, ISBN 978-0-8186-7183-8
  9. "IEEE Internet Award Recipients". IEEE. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  10. "National Academy of Engineering Elects 66 Members and 10 Foreign Associates". National Academies. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  11. Newly Elected Members, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, April 2016, retrieved 2016-04-20
  12. "Board and Officers - Scott Shenker Bio". Open Networking Foundation. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
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