Scott Shenker

Professor Emeritus, Professor in the Graduate School


In addition to his position on campus, Scott is a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute. Scott Shenker spent his academic youth studying theoretical physics but soon gave up chaos theory for computer science. Continuing to display a remarkably short attention span, his research over the years has wandered from performance modeling and networking to game theory and economics. Unable to focus on any single topic, his current research projects include software-defined networking, network function virtualization, network algorithms and protocols, cluster programming models, and Internet architecture. Unable to hold a steady job, he currently splits his time between the UC Berkeley Computer Science Division and the International Computer Science Institute.


  • 1983, Ph.D., Physics, University of Chicago
  • 1978, Sc.B., Physics, Brown University

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