Joe Pasquale

J. Robert Beyster Professor of Engineering

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0404
La Jolla, CA   92093-0404

Email:   pasquale (at)
Phone: (858) 534-2673   |   (858) 534-7029 (fax)
Office:   EBU3B 3112 (map, directions)

Ph.D. (CS), UC Berkeley, 1988
S.B., S.M. (EECS), MIT, 1982

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Hello and welcome to my home page! My research is in operating systems, distributed systems and networks, broadly focusing on performance, reliability and security of Internet-scale systems with highly decentralized control. I teach our core classes on Principles of Operating Systems (at both the undergraduate upper divison and graduate levels), as well as lower division core classes on Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics. I also teach some freshman and senior seminars on "The Slide Rule" and "The Science of Casino Games." During summers, I lead a summer study-abroad program in Rome, Italy, titled "Mathematical Beauty in Rome," where we study the architectural geometry and structural engineering of classical Roman monuments.

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The real University, [Phaedrus] said, has no specific location. It owns no property, pays no salaries and receives no material dues. The real University is a state of mind. It is that great heritage of rational thought that has been brought down to us through the centuries and which does not exist at any specific location. It's a state of mind which is regenerated throughout the centuries by a body of people who traditionally carry the title of professor, but even that title is not part of the real University. The real University is nothing less than the continuing body of reason itself.

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