Richard Wolski

Computer Science


5165 Harold Frank Hall

University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

IEE Research Areas: 


Center for Energy Efficient Design, Member
Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing, Member


2005 UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award
2003 Computer Science Teacher of the Year award, UCSB

Research Description: 

Richard Wolski’s research interests include cloud computing, computational grid computing for performance, and parallel and distributed systems. He works with the Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing to restructure computations to be more energy aware through virtualization technology: a powerful tool with which to migrate and consolidate computations when used in conjunction with models and control of cooling technologies. Other recent endeavors include Eucalyptus: an open-source implementation of cloud computing that can emulate Amazon's EC2 on your own resources (commercialized as Eucalyptus Systems, Inc.); the Network Weather Service: a distributed system that periodically monitors and dynamically forecasts the performance that various network and computational resources can deliver over a given time interval; EveryWare: a toolkit for building high-performance globally distributed programs; and G-Commerce: market-based resource allocation strategies for the grid.


BS: California Polytechnic University (1986)
MS: UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore Campus (1989)
PhD: UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore Campus (1994)


Richard Wolski is currently a Professor in the Computer Science Department at UC Santa Barbara and serves as a Strategic Advisor to the San Diego Supercomputer Center. He has spent time as a research faculty member at UC San Diego in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and from 2001 to 2004 served as the Grid Systems Lead for the National Science Foundation National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure. Wolski has over 100 publications and has successfully commercialized his research into Eucalyptus Systems, Inc., an open-source cloud software vendor.