Distinguished Engineer & Managing Director
Microsoft Research Silicon Valley
Roy Levin is a Distinguished Engineer and Managing Director of Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley, which he co-founded in August, 2001. The lab presently numbers approximately 75 researchers working in the area of distributed computing and related disciplines and operates in a highly collaborative style that embraces the technical spectrum from theory to practice.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Levin was Director of the Digital/Compaq Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, California. Previously, he was a senior researcher in the Center since its founding in 1984. During those years he was a primary contributor and project leader for the Vesta software configuration management system and for the Topaz multi-processor programming environment and its micro-kernel operating system. Before joining Digital, Levin was a researcher at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, where he was a principal developer and project co-leader of Cedar, an experimental programming environment for high-performance workstations. He was also a developer of Grapevine, a landmark electronic mail system.
Levin received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977 and his B.S. in Mathematics from Yale University. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a former chair of its Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS), and a co-recipient of the ACM SIGOPS 2008 Hall of Fame Award. He is author or co-author of approximately 25 technical papers, books, and patents.