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Agrawala, Ashok

Agrawala, Ashok

Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Brain and Behavior Institute
4155 A.V. Williams


In 1971, Dr. Agrawala joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland. He also holds joint positions with University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and the Department of Electrical Engineering. For the past thirty Years, he has pursued research activities in the design, implementation and performance of computer systems. He is recognized for achievements in the areas of transient analysis of queues, distributed algorithms, and hard real-time systems design. Much of his research has gained national and corporate recognition through practical applications of his innovative solutions in these areas worldwide. He is the author of seven books and over two hundred technical papers.


Achievements include:

  • Clustering for the characterization of workloads in computer systems, now a common approach in the design of benchmarks for computer procurements
  • Techniques for the transient analysis of queues leading to the solution of unsolved problems in the design and control of multi-computer systems
  • Introducing the Ricart/Agrawala algorithm for distributed mutual exclusion leading to major worldwide research activities
  • Development of the Maruti Operating System and program development environment demonstrating temporal guarantees of few tens of nanoseconds for making any software event happen while running on commercial Pentium processors
  • Development of Cyclone technology giving a jitter-free, loss-free delivery of data end-to-end in very high speed networks
  • Development of highly accurate location technology that allows users to locate objects within inches of specified coordinates both indoors and outdoors which will be the basis for one his MIND Lab proposed projects
  • Development and organization of the MIND Lab that he will direct.

University of Maryland To Introduce North America's First WiMAX Lab

ECE affiliate faculty member Ashok Agrawala will direct new MAXWell Lab.