Alan Goodrum retired from Hewlett Packard Enterprise in 2015, after 40 years in the computing industry. At HPE, Alan was recognized as an HPE Fellow and a leader in server design. His most recent specialization was in fiber-optic communication, where rising server data rates and falling costs for photonics devices was pushing optical communications deeper into the computing elements themselves, thereby affecting the fundamental architectures of the servers and the data center.
Previously, Alan’s primary focus was on power management and its impact on server architecture, server management, and the datacenter of the future. He was a central player in the development of the overall power management strategy for HP ProLiant servers, with contributions ranging from work on HP Dynamic Power Capping and HP Power Discovery Services, to innovations impacting the entire datacenter such as Insight Control Power Management software, the HP Performance Optimized Datacenter (POD), and EcoPOD.
Alan’s career included over 25 years in the industry-standard server industry. He was a member of the Compaq team that created the first industry-standard server in 1989. And he continued to be a key player in the architectural and technological advancements of Compaq and HP ProLiant servers and HP BladeSystem for more than two decades.
Prior to the birth of industry-standard servers, Alan spent 15 years developing desktop computers for Compaq and computer printers for Texas Instruments. He also was involved in early work on magnetic bubble memory systems and some of the earliest microprocessor development systems for Texas Instruments.
During his career, Alan has also been involved in many computer-industry groups. He chaired several workgroups for the PCI-SIG, where he contributed to the development of the PCI, PCI Hot Plug, PCI-X, and PCI Express interface standards, and was a frequent speaker at PCI-SIG conferences. Prior to that, he was a member of the team that developed the EISA interface standard, a key technical innovation that enabled the creation of the industry-standard computer market.
The author of PCI Hot Plug Application and Design, Alan was also the recipient of the 2003 Server I/O Conference Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds 41 issued US patents, with several more filed. Alan received both his BSEE and MSEE from the University of Houston, where he has been a guest instructor. Alan has been a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department since 1998, including six years as its chairman.