E. Douglas Jensen is a well-known pioneer and thought leader in real-time and distributed real-time systems–especially dynamic ones.
His professional accomplishments have been in
- Innovative industrial product developments.
- Computer science and computer engineering research, in both industry and academia.
- Software and hardware.
- Civilian and classified military applications.
- As an industry employee, an academic researcher (CMU CS & ECE) and as an independent consultant.
His research at Honeywell’s Systems and Research Center during the early 1970’s was the basis for the world’s first commercial off the shelf distributed real-time computing system product—the Honeywell H930™. That was a very successful product, sold to international navies for weapons control on small ships.
He also made important architecture and design contributions to the world’s first distributed real-time computer control system product for industrial automation, the Honeywell TDC-2000™.
As part of his work on Honeywell’s ballistic missile defense program, he invented the concepts for generalizing traditional static real-time computing systems to more widely applicable dynamically real-time computing systems.
He next joined the faculties of Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science (CS) Department, and its Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department.
There he created and led the largest real-time research group of its time, sponsored by all of the DoD services and numerous corporations.
The best known (although one of the smallest) of his group’s projects is the time/utility function (TUF) utility accrual (TUF/UA) paradigm he invented at Honeywell focused on (but not limited to) dynamic military resource management applications. It has been transitioned successfully into a variety of classified DoD systems.
The TUF/UA paradigm was implemented in his research project’s Alpha distributed real-time operating system kernel, which was the world’s first (and still only) dynamic distributed real-time operating system kernel. It required creating a number of unique features that were subsequently incorporated into several commercial prototype operating systems.
While at CMU, he maintained an extensive consulting practice for corporations, primarily classified DoD projects. Demand for his services was so high that he added graduate student and faculty and staff partners to his practice.
He was in high demand as a speaker at universities and companies throughout the world. He was selected as an ACM Distinguished Lecturer and as an IEEE Distinguished Visitor, and was the first annual Distinguished Lecturer of the Japan Electronic Industry Development Association. He was Associate Editor for Systems of the IEEE Transactions on Computer Systems. He was the Program Chair for the first (1979) International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems—the oldest conference in the field of distributed computing systems in the world (2017 is its 37th year).
He then re-joined the defense industry where his DoD security clearance allowed him to again regain more intimate access to the most challenging dynamic real-time computing problems which are in that domain (due to hostilities and “the fog of war”).
There he was awarded three consecutive highly competitive 3-year research grants focused on formalizing his principles of dynamically real-time computing and applying them to military combat systems and battle management applications.
He and his academic collaborators co-authored 85 papers about their results, published in high quality scholarly IEEE and ACM mainstream computer science journals and conference proceedings. Those papers currently have been cited 4254 times (as of 1 January 2019) by other authors of real-time computing papers.
Concurrently and subsequently, he has continuously applied his knowledge and experience, both as an industry employee and then more broadly as a private consultant, to solving wickedly dynamically real-time computing problems—primarily for classified military systems.