Mountain View, CA--February 27, 1997--Sun Microsystems Inc. (Mountain View, CA) announced the appointment of co-founder Bill Joy as the co-chairman of President Clinton's Advisory Committee on High-Performance Computing and Communications, Information Technology, and the Next Generation Internet.
The Advisory Committee will provide advice on all areas of high-performance computing, communications, and information technologies. The Committee members will offer valuable guidance to the administration's efforts to accelerate development and adoption of information technologies that will be vital for American prosperity in the twenty-first century. One of the Committee's first tasks will be to provide guidance on the Next Generation Internet Initiative announced by the President in October 1996.
Joy is the co-founder and current vice president for research at Sun Microsystems. He is researching new architectures for human-computer interaction, involving new kinds of interfaces, new system and application software architectures, and new ways of storing information to make information systems more agreeable to use.
Joy was the principal designer of the University of California, Berkeley version of the Unix operating system, whose networking protocols and implementations helped spawn the Internet. In the 1980s he spearheaded Sun's evangelism of the "open systems" model of computing, which allows different groups to contribute design by making the specifications of its components freely available. In the last year he has led the basic design investigations for UltraSparc-IV, negotiated Sun's contract with Netscape for Java, and driven the technical team that specified Java Applets and the release 1 version of the Java Programming Language.
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