Ike Nassi's Home Page
updated: 2020-11-25Commemorative plaque
"Heisenberg might have slept here"
Dr. Ike Nassi is the
founder of TidalScale,
a new software company pioneering inverse virtualization.
TidalScale's software, which sits below an operating system and
above bare metal hardware, aggregates commodity servers together
to create a single scale server to address challenging Big
Data problems for in-memory SQL and NoSQL databases, large-scale
analytics, simulation, and computational genomics. It
accomplishes this in a way that doesn't require any OS,
application, or database changes. It offers an
alternative: rather than simply buying larger expensive servers,
the technologies allows one to utilize the hardware economies of
commodity servers. Instead of tailoring an application to
a computing environment, TidalScale's software allows a customer
to tailor a computer to the needs of an application.
TidalScale's software product was released in early 2016.
He is also an adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, focused on systems, storage, and databases.
Before his latest failed attempt at retirement, he was an
Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist at SAP. At SAP, he and his group
explored advanced new enterprise technologies and applications
for use in multinational corporate environments. He started
SAP's Global Business Incubator, whose goal is to start up new
businesses within SAP. He also started and operated the SAP
Sponsored Academic Research Program, over five years supporting
over 100 sponsored research projects in universities in several
countries. His most recent area of interest at SAP was in
designing and building "Enterprise
Supercomputers" for Big Data applications. This
class of machines typically has multiple terabytes of main
memory, hundreds or thousands of processor cores, very high
speed interconnect technology, a lot of very fast persistent
SSD-based block storage, packaged in what looks like a mainframe
but made out of commodity parts, running a single instance of
2009 through January 2010 he was in residence as a Visiting
Scientist at the MIT
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
(CSAIL). Currently he is a research affiliate at CSAIL.
Prior to joining SAP, he co-founded Firetide Inc, a wireless mesh networking company based in Los Gatos, California. At Firetide he served as Executive Vice President and CTO, and was a Chairman of Firetide’s Board of Directors. Firetide was sold in 2015 to Unicom Global.
He has also been an industry consultant and entrepreneur specializing in computer and networking technology and products. His consulting assignments have been with several startup companies, startup divisions within established companies, and venture capital firms.
Before starting his consulting practice, he was with Cisco Systems. Prior to
joining Cisco, he had been Vice President of Product Development
and Operations and Chief Technology Officer at InfoGear
Technology Corporation, which was acquired by Cisco June
2000. InfoGear developed the first iPhone in 1997.
Prior to joining InfoGear, he was a Senior Vice President and
a Corporate Officer at Apple
Computer, where he led
its AppleSoft Division until November 1996. At Apple he was
responsible for all system software. Prior to working at
Apple he helped start Encore
Computer Corporation, a pioneer in the design and
development of shared memory multiprocessors, and before that
worked at Visual Technology,
Digital Equipment Corporation and SofTech Inc.
He has also been a visiting scholar Stanford
University, a research affiliate at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and a visiting scholar in Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science at the University of California at
Berkeley. He has also taught Computer Science at Boston
University. He was on the advisory board of the School of
Software and Microelectronics, Peking University, the
advisory board of the Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of Northwestern
University and the Center
for Wireless & Information Technology at Stony Brook
He is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Computer History Museum, and a member of it's executive committee and nominating committee. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society's Industry Advisory Board.
Previously, he served on the Advisory board of Viewpoints
Research and he served as a member of the Board of Trustees
of the Anita Borg
Institute for Women and Technology, and Watermark.
In the past, he has served on several other boards. He has been a member of the Federal Networking Council Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, a member of the Council on Competitiveness Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth David, Saratoga, California, and was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Computer Museum in Boston.
He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Lifetime Member of ACM.
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