MC 00429 Philip J. Kiviat Papers, 1962-2010 (Bulk, 1962-1972)

This collection is arranged generally by type of material, with biographical material, correspondence, and other materials followed by writings and addresses by Kiviat and then writings by others. In each of these groups, material is organized chronologically.
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Kiviat, Philip J.


2.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description

3 boxes


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Acquisition Information

Received from James R. Wilson, 2011.


Processed by: Linda Sellars; finding aid prepared by Linda Sellars

Scope and Content Note

Papers, 1962-2010, of Philip J. Kiviat chiefly consist of technical papers related to Kiviat's work in developing the GASP and SIMSCRIPT simulation languages in the 1960s and 1970s. Other items include conference brochures, contracts, correspondence, and writings by others.

Biographical Note

Philip J. Kiviat is a founding partner in Guerra Kiviat Inc., a federal sales consulting firm, primarily oriented to information technology. Kiviat was the first technical Director of the Federal Computer Performance Evaluation and Simulation Center (FEDSIM) that was established by the United States Air Force in 1972. He is the author of two books on simulation programming languages (SIMSCRIPT II and GASP) and numerous technical papers. The “Kiviat Graph” is widely used in the computer hardware and software performance field, as well as in other disciplines, to portray performance patterns and distinguish modes of behavior. Kiviat has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and completed his course work for a Doctorate in Business Administration at the University of Southern California.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Philip J. Kiviat Papers, MC 00429, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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