Georgia Tech and the College of Computing mourn the loss of Karsten Schwan, Regents’ Professor and director of the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems.

A giant of the computing profession, he was responsible for a swath of fundamental computing advances and breakthroughs in areas that include high-performance computing and middleware; he has been widely praised for his strong mentorship of students, many of whom have gone on to have illustrious careers in academia and industry.

Schwan died in September 2015 after battling cancer. He was posthumously elected a fellow of the IEEE, and memorialized in such places as IEEE Computer Magazine and on the homepage of the DOE Advanced Scientific Computing program. More information about his life and legacy is available at this link.

Karsten Schwan

Regents' Professor
CERCS Director
Systems Research Group
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology


Karsten Schwan is a Regents’ Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a Director of the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS), with co-directors from both GT's College of Computing and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from Carnegie-Mellon University, where he conducted research in high performance and parallel computing, including operating and programming systems support for the Cm* multiprocessor, followed by subsequent deep dives into real-time and distributed systems. His current work concerns operating systems for multicore platforms, virtualization technologies, and HPC and enterprise middleware. Specific recent research and publications are highlighted on the project web pages of the 'KORVO' group. They include system technologies for machines with heterogeneous processor and memory structures, efficient methods for managing applications and services in datacenter and cloud computing systems, middleware for I/O and online data analytics for high end applications and machines, and new cloud technologies for end systems and devices.

Prof. Schwan has been contributing professionally on the steering committees of the ACM Middleware, ICAC, and HPDC conferences. He recently chaired the ACM Middleware (2013) conference and has participated on the program committees of conferences that include ASPLOS, FAST, ACM Frontiers, Eurosys, HPDC, ICAC, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE IPDPS, ACM Middleware, ACM SOCC, ACM/IEEE Supercomputing, Usenix Annual Technical Conference, and others.

His current affiliations and collaborations are with the Intel Science and Technology Center on Cloud Computing (ISTC-CC), with Oak Ridge National Labs, with Sandia Labs (Albuquerque) and other DOE facilities, and with companies that include CISCO, HP, Intel, VMware, and others.

His current teaching obligations include CS 7210 - Distributed Systems, CS 6210 - Advanced Operating Systems, CS 3210 - Operating Systems.

We thank the companies contributing to our research, including CISCO, HP, ICE, Intel, LexisNexis, VMware, with past contributions from Amazon, Delta Air Lines, IBM, Logicblox, Yahoo, and others.

Current publications

For current publication refer to Google Scholar.
List of older publications.

Research faculty in the Korvo group:

Affiliated or Adjunct Faculty:


GT Ph.D. alumni

Contact information

Karsten Schwan
College of Computing, Georgia Tech
266 Ferst Dr., Atlanta GA 30332-0765
Office: Georgia Tech, KACB - Rm. 3338
Phone: (404) 894-2589
Fax: (404) 385-2295