Peter Sevcik, Founder and Executive Director
Peter Sevcik is the Founder of the Apdex Alliance, a group of companies collaborating to define and promote an application performance metric called Apdex. Apdex is a numerical measure of user satisfaction with the performance of enterprise applications, and reflects the effectiveness of IT investments in contributing to business objectives. Apdex is available to any organization seeking insight into their IT investments. The Alliance, founded in 2004, is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and currently includes nine companies.
Peter is president of NetForecast in Charlottesville, Virginia, a consulting firm that helps enterprises benchmark, improve, and manage the performance of business applications. NetForecast engineers performance improvements for data, voice, and video systems.
A leading authority on data traffic, performance, and technology, Peter has contributed to the design of more than 100 networks. He had a leading role in the development of packet switching technology while he managed the System Analysis Department at BBN in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was the principal investigator on the ARPANET projects that studied network performance anomalies and their impacts on applications and led to the subsequent invention of new routing and flow control techniques.
Peter led the project that divided the ARPANET into multiple networks in 1984, the beginning of today's Internet. He pioneered several network technologies, including routers, that have become commercial products and operational parts of the Internet.
The invention of the Apdex metric grew out of Peter's extensive and groundbreaking work in application performance analysis over more than two decades.
In 2002, Peter was awarded U.S. Patent 6,393,480 for Application Response Time Prediction. This patent describes a method by which the response time of a computer application as seen by the user is predicted under any type of network condition. In addition, Peter has conducted research on network modeling, studying both the user experience and economic aspects of application performance.
Peter has served as a technical advisor to venture capital firms and successful start-ups, a market analyst to investment managers, and an expert witness on legal matters. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) and serves on the program advisory board of the Next Generation Networks and NetWorld+Interop conferences.
He was a delegate to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Standards Organization (ISO). Peter served as a charter member of ANSI and ISO study groups on Public Data Networks, where he directly contributed to development of the X.21 and X.25 international standards and the Open Systems Reference Model.
A frequent lecturer on the performance of networked applications, Peter has published more than 70 articles and writes the Net Forecasts column for Business Communications Review magazine. He has also served as editor of the ACM's Computer Communications Review.
A graduate of Villanova University, Peter was honored with the Villanova Engineering Professional Achievement Award in 2001. He served as a faculty member at Northeastern University, where he taught courses in packet switching.