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Richard Black

Picture of Richard BlackPrincipal Research Software Development Engineer

Richard is a Principal Research Software Development Engineer at Microsoft Research Cambridge, where he is part of the Systems and Networking group. His research interests include performance analysis of distributed systems, operating systems and networking.  Richard has also done some work on computer security mitigations, and he is currently particularly interested in data-centre scale storage.

Richard enjoys the mix of academic publishing and product impact which MSR provides. You can figure out the time-line of his particular mix from looking at the dates of his publications below.  One of his product contributions is the algorithms and protocols to enable the Network Map feature of Windows. Underlying the Network Map feature is the LLTD protocol which is licensed as part of the Windows Rally program. (Some details on the network map are here).

Richard occasionally hosts interns, especially those excited by contributing to working prototypes; if you are interested please apply using the standard intern tool.

Richard did his Bachelor and Doctorate degrees at the University of Cambridge.  He started his career as a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and then as faculty member at the University of Glasgow Department of Computing Science. He returned to Cambridge in January 2000, to join the Microsoft Research laboratory, initially as a Researcher, and from 2006 as Principal Research Software Development Engineer.




    • Shobana Balakrishnan, Richard Black, Austin Donnelly, Paul England, Adam Glass, Dave Harper, Sergey Legtchenko, Aaron Ogus, Eric Peterson, and Antony Rowstron, Pelican: A building block for exascale cold data storage, 11th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI '14), 6 October 2014.


    • Eno Thereska, Hitesh Ballani, Greg O'Shea, Thomas Karagiannis, Ant Rowstron, Tom Talpey, Richard Black, and Timothy Zhu, IOFlow: A Software-Defined Storage Architecture, in SOSP'13: The 24th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, ACM, November 2013.


    • Miguel Castro, Manuel Costa, Jean-Philippe Martin, Marcus Peinado, Periklis Akritidis, Austin Donnelly, Paul Barham, and Richard Black, Fast Byte-Granularity Software Fault Isolation, in ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., October 2009.





    • Richard Black, Austin Donnelly, Alexandru Gavrilescu, and Dave Thaler, Fast Scalable Robust Node Enumeration, in Proceedings of 4th International IFIP-TC6 Networking Conference (NETWORKING 2005), Springer-Verlag, May 2005.