Professor Darlington’s early research was carried out at Edinburgh University where he was responsible for several pioneering developments in functional programming languages and program transformation.
He moved to Imperial College in 1977 and in 1985 led the team that designed and built the ALICE parallel graph reduction machine which, through a collaboration with ICL, led to the Goldrush Parallel Database Machine. Professor Darlington’s recent work has focused on the development of software and middleware techniques for Grid-based high performance computing and e-Science.
Professor Darlington has had a long-term interest in the power of the Internet to promote radical economic and social change. As early as 1997 he led an EPSRC ROPA project “Electronic Trading: Simulation of New Patterns of Economic Interaction and Transport” that foreshadowed recent developments in Internet shopping, food miles and trading intermediaries. In the e-Science programme he led the influential “A Market for Computational Services” project that pioneered many developments in Cloud Computing and App Stores. As Director of the Internet Centre, he developed several collaborative projects concerned with consumer-oriented Internet services and Internet economics.