Portrait of Rich Draves

Rich Draves

Partner Architect


After many years in MSR, I recently joined the Big Data team in the Data Platforms Group (DPG) of the Cloud and Enterprise (C&E) division. I am working to understand and improve the performance of Cosmos, Microsoft’s internal big data analytics platform.

I worked on the FDS system, helping break the MinuteSort benchmark world record.

I organized a Festschrift for Rick Rashid.

I built a mesh networking implementation.

I built a prototype implementation of IPv6 for Windows NT.  This evolved into the IPv6 stack shipped in Windows XP and CE, and then directly influenced Vista’s rewritten networking stack.

I worked on Rialto, a small real-time operating system for consumer devices. Rialto was used in Microsoft’s ITV trial with NTT in Yokosuka Japan. The Tiger multimedia file-system ran on the servers used in the trial.

In grad school, I worked on the Mach operating system. The code I wrote then is shipping today deep inside Apple’s OS X operating system.


Self Organizing Wireless Mesh Networks

Established: October 12, 2004

Community-based multi-hop wireless networks is disruptive to the current broadband Internet access paradigm, which relies on cable and DSL being deployed in individual homes. It is important because it allows free flow of information without any moderation or selective rate control. Compared to the large DSL and cable modem systems that are centrally managed, mesh networking is organic — everyone in the neighborhood contributes network resources and cooperates. Overview Researchers in Microsoft Research Redmond, Cambridge,…













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FestSchrift Session 1: CMU Faculty and Staff


March 9, 2012


Rich Draves, Raj Reddy, M. Satyanarayanan, Alfred Spector, Alessandro Forin, Jonathan Chew, and Bill Bolosky


IBM Research Division, Microsoft Research


Program committee, ASPLOS 2010.

Review committee, ISCA 2009.

Program co-chair, OSDI 2008.

Program committee, ASPLOS 2008.

Program committee, SOSP 2007.

Program committee, SIGCOMM 2007 Workshop on “IPv6 and the Future of the Internet”.

Program committee, WIOSCA 2007.

Executive Director, Internet Architecture Board (IAB), from April 2005 through April 2006.

Voting member & IETF representative, ICANN NomCom 2005.

Program committee, SIGCOMM 2005.

Non-voting advisor, IETF NomCom 2004.

Chair, IETF NomCom 2003.

Voting member, IETF NomCom 2002.

Member, Defense Science Study Group 2002-2003.

Program chair, Fourth USENIX Windows Systems Symposium.

Program committee, Seventh Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems.

Program committee, 16th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles.

Program committee, Second Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation.