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William Johnston

ORG ESnet Title Senior Scientist BIO Bill Johnston served as ESnet Department Head from Oct. 2003 to Oct. 2008, when he retired. During his tenure Johnston led the effort to develop a new network, ESnet4, to accommodate massive scientific data flows of petabytes/year from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN to several ESnet sites for storage and processing and then to multiple universities for analysis. Johnston’s long time research interests included high-speed, wide area network based, distributed systems, widely distributed computational and data "Grids," public-key Infrastructure based security and authorization systems, and use of the global Internet to enable remote access to scientific, analytical, and medical instrumentation. Johnston established the Distributed Systems Department, serving as department head for several years, as well as working as PI for several DOE Office of Science projects related to the application of computing in science environments, as well as several early high-speed network testbeds including the DARPA-funded MAGIC project. Johnston also co-founded the Grid Forum, the precursor to today’s Open Grid Forum. Johnston has worked in the field of computing and its support of the classical sciences for 40 years. He has taught computer science at the under graduate and graduate levels. He has a M.S. in mathematics and physics from San Francisco State University. For more information see www.dsd.lbl.gov/~wej.