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1 Author(s)
Hennessy, J. ; Office of the Provost, Stanford Univ., CA, USA

After 20 years in academia and the Silicon Valley, the new Provost of Stanford University calls for a shift in focus for systems research. Performance-long the centerpiece-needs to share the spotlight with availability, maintainability, and other qualities. Although performance increases over the past 15 years have been truly amazing, it will be hard to continue these trends by sticking to the basically evolutionary path that the research community is currently on. The author advocates a more evolutionary approach to systems problems and thinks the approach needs to be more integrated. Researchers need to think about hardware and software as a continuum, not as separate parts. He sees society on the threshold of a “post PC” era, in which computing is ubiquitous, and everyone will use information services and everyday utilities. When everyone starts using these systems, guess what? They expect them to work and to be easy to use. So this era will drive system design toward greater availability, maintainability, and scalability, which will require a real refocusing of current research directions

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Computer  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 8 )