My name is Emmanuel Cecchet and I am a Research Scientist, Software Architect and Open Source activist.
I received a Ph.D. in Distributed Systems from INPG in 2001. During my postdoc at Rice University, I contributed to DynaServer. I studied the design of scalable and highly available e-business servers and I designed the RUBiS benchmark. After leaving Rice, I led a team at INRIA in France to provide open-source middleware for large scale data servers. I was also Chief Architect of the ObjectWeb consortium and leader of the C-JDBC project. In 2005, I joined Continuent where I served as Chief Architect and Chief Scientific Officer. I lead Continuent.org and the Sequoia project that was the basis for Continuent's High Availability Database product line. I am still providing consulting as an independent activity to companies that need to build Highly Available databases and/or web applications.
At the end of 2006, I joined EPFL as a research scientist. I worked with both the operating systems and dependable systems laboratories. I moved to the US in July 2008 to work at UMass Amherst as a Senior Research Fellow. I also worked on large scale data warehouses at Aster Data from 2008 to 2010.
My current interests lie in cloud computing, high availability and benchmarking. My home page at UMass is here.
I consider Open Source as an excellent way to disseminate research results and operating system/middleware technologies. I usually prefer the Apache v2 License which allows healthy open source business models.