Braun, Hans-Werner

Researcher, San Diego Supercomputer Center
Division: UCSD
Phone: 858-534-5000

Bio: Hans-Werner Braun is a Research Scientist at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

The UCSD involvement is at the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC), with responsibility for specific networking related projects funded by the National Science Foundation. His current responsibilities include being Principal Investigator of the National Laboratory of Applied Network Research (NLANR), which has a focus on network measurement and analysis, and the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN).

Braun was the Chief Network Architect with Teledesic Corporation beginning in May 1996. Teledesic's objective was to to design a global broadband network for a system of hundreds of low earth orbit satellites.

Prior to his Teledesic position he began working at SDSC as a Principal Scientist in January 1991, and retained an affiliation as Senior Fellow with the Center while at Teledesic. While at SDSC, he was focusing on National Science Foundation supported efforts for NREN/NII engineering, strategic planning, and network performance related research. He created and was Project Director for the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research (NLANR), and Principal Investigator on various other NSF awards, including on information/web caching, network analysis, NREN engineering, and interagency ATM connectivity.

Between 1983 and 1991 he worked at the University of Michigan and the Merit Computer Network, a Michigan university networking consortium, on networking infrastructure. He became very involved in the early stages of the NSFNET networking efforts, and was a Principal Investigator for the NSFNET backbone project since the 1987 NSFNET award to Merit. While being Principal Investigator, the NSFNET backbone became the core interconnection network for the Internet, which enabled the Internet commercialization several years later. The NSFNET was key for driving the Internet technology from a DARPA research project which, in the wake of GOSIP and X.25, seemed on its way into oblivion in the mid-80s, towards an operationally accepted and commercialized globally available environment.

From 1978 to 1983 he worked as an engineer responsible for the networking activities at the regional computing center of the University of Cologne in Germany, which connects various universities in the state of Northrhine Westfalia.

Hans-Werner Braun received his engineering degree in Germany in 1978.