Larry L. Smarr
Faculty, Computer Science and Engineering
Internet, information technology, telecommunications, supercomputing, interdisciplinary research, networking, and the wireless Web. Professor Smarr is a widely-quoted authority on the future of information technology and telecommunications. He is a pioneer in prototyping a national information infrastructure to support academic research, governmental functions, and industrial competitiveness, and played a pivotal role in the development of the Internet and high-performance computing. Smarr created and led one of the first NSF-funded supercomputing center (see bio), and was an early advocate for the first national NSFnet backbone, which evolved into today's Internet. The first Web browser--NCSA Mosaic, the predecessor of Netscape Navigator--originated at NCSA while he was Director. At Cal-(IT)², Smarr has authored an interdisciplinary approach to the institute's goal of extending the reach of the current information infrastructure throughout the physical world to enable anytime/anywhere access. That approach includes an explicit emphasis on core technologies, applications, and systems integration enabled by telecommunication and information technology. Smarr champions the build-out of "living laboratories" under Cal-(IT)²'s aegis to explore applications of sensor networks and high-speed wireless and optical communications.
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