Princeton professor to discuss server queueing

Published: Oct 26, 2007 9:43:14 AM
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William Massey

William Massey

William A. Massey, Edwin S. Wilsey Professor in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, will present a lecture on Monday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in Dunstan 202. This lecture is part of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Graduate Seminar Series.

Massey will discuss his study of the response time for a processor-sharing queueing model of a webserver. This work provides valuable insight into the performance of webservers subjected to surges in traffic and is based on joint research with Mor Harchol-Balter and Robert C. Hampshire of Carnegie Mellon University.

Massey has associated and affiliated positions with Princeton's Department of Mathematics, Center for African American Studies and the Program for Applied and Computational Mathematics. From 1981 until 2001, he was a member of technical staff in the Mathematical Sciences Research Center at Bell Laboratories.

He is a founder of the annual Conference for African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS), now in its thirteenth year. In 2005, the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education listed him as one of the most cited mathematicians in the country. In 2006, he was awarded the Blackwell-Tapia prize, which recognizes a mathematical scientist who has contributed and continues to contribute significantly to research in their field of mathematical expertise, has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from under-represented minority groups, and has contributed to addressing the problem of the under-representation of minorities in mathematics.

He received his bachelor's degree is in mathematics from Princeton University in 1977. After graduation, he received a Bell Labs Cooperative Research Fellowship for minorities which funded the training for his doctorate in mathematics from Stanford University in 1981.