Carl Kesselman, Ph.D.

Epstein Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Information Sciences Institute Fellow

Informatics Division
Information Sciences Institute


University of Southern California

USC/Information Sciences Institute
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 1001
Marina del Way, CA 90292-6695

Phone: (310) 448-9338
FAX: (310) 822-7791

Research Interests

My primary research focus is on Grid infrastructure. Grid computing is an emerging information technology that facilitates the creation of distributed, multi-institutional collaborations, or virtual organizations.


Most of my research is focused around the Globus project™, a joint research project with Ian Foster's group at Argonne National Laboratory. Globus is developing the basic mechanisms and infrastructure for grids. One major result is the development of the Globus Toolkit®, the underlying infrastructure used by most major grid projects.

As part of the Grid Physics Network (GriPhyN) project, we are developing new techniques for managing and analyzing extremely large data sets. We are evaluating these techniques in the context of a number of fundamental physics projects, including the CMS and Atlas experiments at CERN, and the LIGO project.

After a rather bad Northridge earthquake, I got interested in how grid technology could help in responding to earthquakes—or at least minimizing damage (like to my condo!!). I am now involved in two projects doing just that. We are working with the Southern California Earthquake Center in an NSF funded project to help build better modeling environments for understanding the geophysics behind earthquakes. In addition, as part of NSF's National Earthquake Engineering and Simulation (NEES) program, we have created NEESgrid, whose goal is to provide better access to a range of earthquake engineering test facilities and data.

Publications of Note

"The Grid 2: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure, 2nd Edition", Morgan Kaufmann, 2003.

Grid Services for Distributed System Integration. I. Foster, C. Kesselman, J. Nick, S. Tuecke. Computer, 35(6), 2002.

The Anatomy of the Grid: Enabling Scalable Virtual Organizations. I. Foster, C. Kesselman, S. Tuecke. International J. Supercomputer Applications, 15(3), 2001.

Award, Honors and Notable Mentions

2007 Computerworld Horizon Award

2006 Honorary Doctorate, University of Amsterdam
2003 Finalist, World Technology Award for Information Technology Software
2003 InfoWorld Top 10 Innovators
2003 The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer
2002 MIT Technology Review Ten Technologies that will Change the World
2002 British Computing Society Lady Ada Lovelace Medal
2002 R&D Magazine R&D 100 Award
2002 R&D Magazine's Most Promising New Technology Award (best of the R&D 100)
1998 Global Information Infrastructure award in the Next Generation Infrastructure category.

Chief Software Architect, National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI)
Fellow, British Computing Society
Member, IEEE

Biographical Information

A short biography

Complete vitae

Other Stuff

I am the chief scientist at Univa Corporation.

I am an associate editor of FGCS: Elsevier Science Journal on Grid Computing. Look here for information on how to submit a paper and here for an online edition.

Here is a recording of a clarinet recital I did a couple of years ago.

Who is Squirrel?

USC/Information Sciences Institute, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.