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Ahmed Ezzat

Part-Time Lecturer


Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Ahmed Ezzat, 6024 Silver Creek Valley Rd
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000


  • BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cairo University
  • MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cairo University
  • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Hampshire


Dr. Ezzat has a long history of accomplishment in the technology industry as well as in academia. Dr. Ezzat has been an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Santa Clara University teaching graduate-level courses for the last 25+ years. Dr. Ezzat believes that teaching is a very rewarding profession as the reward can be very visible when you see your students excel and progress in their career.

In addition, Dr. Ezzat held senior executive positions for the last 15+ years including VP of Data Infrastructure at eBay, VP and Fellow at Yahoo!, Chief Technology and Fellow at HP Cloud Division, and Sr. VP of Engineering and CTO in two technology start-ups (Velosel and

Earlier at Oracle (Sr. Director & Architect), Dr.Ezzat architected and implemented the Oracle buffer cache to deal with SMP scalability and to provide better buffer management support to SQL runtime. This work resulted in providing unparalleled SMP scalability in the database market. He invented the LLRU algorithm (patent and an award) that was used in Oracle 7.3. Earlier at Cray Research (Section Manager & Architect), he led the NUMA T3D OS section. He has a patent on support multiple virtual page size to optimize performance in massive parallel processing NUMA platform. He delivered the T3D OS solution; T3D was one of the early commercial MPP NUMA platforms in the industry. After completing his PhD, he worked at Bell Labs Research (Member of Technical Staff), and won the Arno Penzias (Head of Bell Labs Research and a Nobel Prize winner) award for his NEST (NEtworked workSTation) contributions. NEST supported a unique model for processor sharing while maintaining autonomy and privacy, and was used internally at Bell Labs Research.

Dr. Ezzat has many publications, patents, technology awards, and inventions that are recognized at the industry-level and has chaired sessions in technical conferences. Dr. Ezzat received his PhD in Computer Science at the University of New Hampshire.

Field of research/teaching

Distributed Systems, Data Management, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing

What are the specifics of your educational background?

I received my BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cairo University and my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a Computer Science thesis from the University of New Hampshire.

What is your research focus in a bit more detail?

  • Data Management
  • Machine learning
  • Analytics
  • Advanced Operating System – DataCenter OS (DC/OS)
  • Web Services

What courses/subjects do you teach?

  • Advanced Operating Systems
  • Advanced Database
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Compiler Design
  • Web Services and Programming

What do you enjoy most/find most rewarding about what you teach? Is there anything notable or unique about the kind of students that you teach?

Most rewarding is to see my students succeed after graduating in landing to good jobs as a result of the courses they took in school.

Where did you grow up/spend the most defining years of your childhood/young adulthood?

Cairo, Egypt.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I have been in the software industry for more than 30 years. I had many accomplishments, including inventions at Bell Labs, Oracle, HP, Yahoo, and eBay, as well as many patents and publications.