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Butler W. Lampson


180 Lake View Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 425-703-5925
Fax: 425-706-7329


Here are a one-paragraph biography, a short biography and a CV (or as a single Word file here).

Here is a list of publications, with links to abstracts and text.

Here are brief descriptions of systems I have worked on. It is cross-referenced to the publications, and vice versa.

Here is my Microsoft internal web page (not accessible from outside).


Here are links to the papers that people most often ask for:

Hints for Computer System Design.

Designing a Global Name Service.

Alto and Ethernet Software

Authentication in Distributed Systems: Theory and Practice.

How to Build a Highly Available System Using Consensus.

SDSI: A Simple Distributed Security Infrastructure.

Principles of Computer Systems course at MIT.

Computer Security in the Real World

The ABCDs of Paxos

Practical Principles for Computer Security

Here are links to slides for recent talks I've given. They are to abstracts, from which you can get to the slides in HTML, Acrobat, or Word and PowerPoint formats.

Lazy and Speculative Execution

The Alto and Ethernet System: Xerox PARC in the 1970’s

Practical Principles for Computer Security

Gold and Fool’s Gold: Successes, Failures, and Futures in Computer Systems Research

Accountability and Freedom

Computer Systems Security—Lectures at TECS week, January 2005

Computer Security in the Real World

How Software Components Grew Up and Conquered the World

The ABCDs of Paxos

How to Build a Highly Available System Without a Toolkit

Interconnecting Computers

Understanding Network Connections

Principles for Computer System Design (my Turing lecture)

Formal Methods for Design: How To Understand Your System Before (Or After) You Build It

Here is the latest (2002) version of the tiretracks diagram that shows how computing research has spawned multi-billion dollar industries, in Acrobat or Word format.


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