Godmar Back

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Godmar Back is an associate professor in Computer Science. He joined the department in 2004, and was granted associate professor status in 2010. Until joining Virginia Tech, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Dawson Engler's Meta-Level Compilation Group at Stanford University.

Dr. Back grew up in Sonneburg, Germany and attended the Götheschule in Ilmenau. From 1989 to 1993, he studied at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Technical University Berlin. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 2002. While at the University of Utah, among other things, Dr. Back worked on development of the Lites Unix-like operating system.[1] He wrote an ext2 filesystem driver for the operating system, which was later used as the basis for ext2 support in FreeBSD.[2] His dissertation was on processes in the KaffeOS Java virtual machine.[3]

At Virginia Tech, Dr. Back designed several courses in the Computer Science core curriculum, most notably CS 3214: Computer Systems, which he teaches occasionally.


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