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Johns Frederick (Jeff) Rulifson (

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Jeff Rulifson is an award-winning scientist and Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery with over thirty years experience in computer technology. As Director of the Technology Development Group at SMCC, Rulifson has advanced development projects in high resolution video, video compression, very low cost gigabit chip interconnects, distributed shared memory, security, and nomadic networking.

Previously, Rulifson managed window systems and toolkits, graphics and imaging platform software, multi-media, applications and Sun technical publications. Rulifson came to Sun from Syntelligence, where he held the position of manager of banking products. Before that, he held the positions of engineering manager at ROLM Corporation, group manager at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and mathematician at SRI International.

Rulifson holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Washington, and is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. Jeff was awarded the Association for Computing Machinery's Software System Award in 1990 "for pioneering work on augmenting human intellect with hypertext, outline processors, and video conferencing that was implemented in the NLS System (On-Line System [1968])." The award was shared with Douglas C. Engelbart and William K. English. In 1994, along with thirty-four other computer scientists, Jeff was honored by Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN) as an ARPANET Pioneer for his early work that led to the Internet. The work contributed to "packet networking and the concept of a common language for communications to allow dissimilar systems to communicate." rfc3 established the first set of documentation standards for the original ARPANET Network Working Group. rfc5 was a proposal for a method of sending applets over the ARPANET to provide real-time user interactions over the ARPANET.



Development of Text Processing System Honored

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. March 11, 1991. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) presented its 1990 ACM Software Systems Award to Jeff Rulifson and Bill English of Sun Microsystems and Doug Engelbart of Stanford University for their development of NLS, a pioneering computer-based text processing system. The award is given annually to institutions or individuals recognized for developing software systems that have had a lasting influence on the computer industry. Previous winners include the developers of UNIX(R), PostScript(R), VisiCalc and SMALLTALK.

Rulifson, English and Engelbart developed the NLS system at the Stanford Research Institute during the mid-1960s to experiment with software and hardware tools that would make people more productive using computers. Technologies based on the system include interactive display-based editing using a mouse, hypertext, outline processors and video conferencing. The early work done on NLS is the foundation for many of today's research systems and desktop software applications: for example, hypertext systems are becoming widely used in educational libraries.

RULIFSON, JOHNS FREDERICK, computer company executive, computer scientist; b. Bellefontaine, Ohio, Aug. 20, 1941: s. Erwin Charles and Virginia Helen (Johns) R; m Janet Irving, June 8, 1963; children: Eric Johns, Ingrid Catharine. BS in Math., U. Wash., 1966; PhD in Computer Sci., Stanford U., 1973. Mathematician SRI, Internat., Menlo Park, Calif., 1966-73; scientist Xerox Rsch., Palo Alto, Calif., 1973-80; mgr. ROLM, Santa Clara, Calif., 1980-1985; Scientist Syntelligence, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1985-87; exec. Sun Microsystems, Mountain View, Calif., 1987---. Fellow Assn. for Computing Machinery (Systems Software 1990); mem. IEEE. Home: 3785 El Centro Ave Palo Alto CA 94306-2642 Office: Sun Microsystems 2550 Garcia Ave Mountain View CA 94043

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