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updated: 08/05/2013
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 in Munich:
"Heisenberg might have slept here"


Dr. Ike Nassi is an adjunct Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz, and the founder of  TidalScale, a new company in stealth mode.  He is also an independent technology consultant and investor, and has recently joined the Advisory Board of SkyEra.

Before his retirement, he was an Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist at SAP. At SAP he and his group explored advanced new enterprise technologies and applications for use in multinational corporate environments. He started SAP's Global Business Incubator, whose goal is to start up new businesses within SAP. He also started and operated the SAP Sponsored Academic Research Program, over five years supporting over 100 sponsored research projects in universities in several countries.

His most recent area of interest at SAP was in designing and building "Enterprise Supercomputers" for Big Data applications.  This class of machines typically has multiple terabytes of main memory, hundreds or thousands of processor cores, very high speed interconnect technology, a lot of very fast persistent SSD-based block storage, packaged in what looks like a mainframe but made out of commodity parts, running a single instance of Linux.

From September 2009 through January 2010 he was in residence as a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Currently he is a research affiliate at CSAIL.

Prior to joining SAP, he co-founded Firetide Inc, a wireless mesh networking company based in Los Gatos, California. At Firetide he served as Executive Vice President and CTO, and was a Chairman of Firetide’s Board of Directors.  He is now a senior advisor to the company.

He has also been an industry consultant and entrepreneur specializing in computer and networking technology and products.  His consulting assignments have been with several startup companies, startup divisions within established companies, and venture capital firms.

Before starting his consulting practice, he was with Cisco Systems.  Prior to joining Cisco, he had been Vice President of Product Development and Operations and Chief Technology Officer at InfoGear Technology Corporation, which was acquired by Cisco June 2000. 

Prior to joining InfoGear, he was a Senior Vice President and a Corporate Officer at Apple Computer, where he led its AppleSoft Division until November 1996. At Apple he was responsible for all system software.  Prior to working at Apple he helped start Encore Computer Corporation, a pioneer in the design and development of shared memory multiprocessors, and before that worked at Visual Technology, Digital Equipment Corporation and SofTech Inc.

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He has also been a visiting scholar Stanford University, a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a visiting scholar in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He has also taught Computer Science at Boston University. He is currently on the advisory board of the School of Software and Microelectronics, Peking University, the advisory board of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of Northwestern University and the Center for Wireless & Information Technology at Stony Brook University.


He is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Computer History Museum, and is on the Board of Advisors of Alan Kay's non-profit Viewpoints Research Institute.  He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society's Industry Advisory Board, and he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.  He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Technology Advancement and for SkyEra, the advisory board for Watermark, and others.

In the past, he has served on several other boards.  He has been a member of the Federal Networking Council Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, a member of the Council on Competitiveness Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth David, Saratoga, California, and was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Computer Museum in Boston.

He has served the Federal government in several capacities.  He holds a Certificate for Distinguished Service from the U.S. Department of Defense for his design work on the programming language Ada.  He served for six years as a member of Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Systems and Technology group, which advised ARPA on information science research priorities. He testified before Congress on the Emerging Telecommunications Act of 1991.

Check out some of his publications and speaking engagements.  Here are some interviews by ComputerWorld and Information Week.

Dr. Nassi holds an M.S. and PhD in Computer Science and a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and in 2008 completed a global leadership development program at INSEAD.

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