Howard Gobioff (1971 – 2008) was a computer scientist. He graduated magna cum laude with a double major in computer science and mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. At Carnegie Mellon University, he worked on the network attached secure disks project, before he went on to earn his PhD in computer science. He died suddenly from lymphoma at the age of 36.
From the Sun Sentinel:
Howard Gobioff Gobioff, Howard, 36, of New York, NY passed away March 11, 2008. Services will be held on Friday, March 14th at 2 PM. LEVITT WEINSTEIN MEM. CHAPEL Beth David Mem. Gdns. 3201 NW 72nd Ave. Hollywood 954-963-2400
From Peter Lee, Head, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University:
Howard Gobioff received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. He was advised by Garth Gibson and Doug Tygar and was a key member of the CMU Parallel Data Lab. He joined Google when it was a 40-person startup, and became a key architect of the Google file system. Always fascinated with Japan and Japanese culture, in 2004 he launched Google’s Tokyo R&D center and then later moved to Google’s Manhattan office. Howard has been involved in a variety of core Google projects, including the advertising system and the main crawling/indexing system. He was always an active and loyal alumnus, visiting CMU every year to meet up with old friends, give lectures, and recruit people to join Google.
From Erik Riedel, long-time friend and fellow graduate student
Howard was part of several technology efforts that are having a major impact on the computing industry today. His Ph.D. work at Carnegie Mellon as part of the NASD project led to a new SCSI command set called OSD (Object-based Storage Devices) that was ratified as an ANSI standard in September 2004, with much of Howard’s design for the security protocols intact. This standard is the basis for several ongoing commercial implementations, and architectures inspired by the NASD project are already used by multiple commercial systems today. As with the subsequent efforts at Google, Howard’s contribution was part of a team that benefited from his deep expertise, his energy, his wit, and long sessions of well-reasoned and often spirited discussions.