Subject: NetBSD hires Andrew Doran for full-time SMP development (fwd)
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From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/26/2007 11:44:25

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 02:27:33 +0200 (CEST)
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
Subject: NetBSD hires Andrew Doran for full-time SMP development

  * NetBSD hires Andrew Doran for full-time SMP development

The NetBSD Foundation announces that it has hired Andrew Doran to work 
full-time on improving symmetrical multi-processing (SMP) in NetBSD. This work 
is made possible through a generous donation by Force10 Networks and internal 
funding by The NetBSD Foundation.

Andrew Doran is an independent, Dublin based Unix systems consultant with 
special interest in building scalable systems. He has been a NetBSD developer 
since 1999 and is currently working on the transition from a big-lock SMP 
implementation to a fine-grained model, which allows multiple CPUs to execute 
code in kernel context simultaneously. Hiring Andrew full-time will boost work 
in this area, with the final result of a SMP implementation that is ready for 
tomorrow's multi-core-CPUs.

Force10 Networks is a pioneer in building and securing reliable networks. The 
Force10 TeraScale E-Series family of switch/routers and the recently introduced 
C300 resilient switch rely on the NetBSD-based FTOS to deliver the reliability, 
network control and scalability required to build application ready networks.

The funding will be for two months initially, and The NetBSD Foundation would 
like to extend this period. As a non-profit organization with no fixed 
financial backing, this is not possible without donations from individuals and 
companies. To realize our plans, $10k would be needed short term, with a goal 
of raising $15k or more eventually.

If you would like to donate to the ongoing effort of keeping NetBSD the most 
portable Open Source operating system, please consider supporting us! Donations 
via Paypal can be sent to <>, or visit our donations page at 
<> for more details. Donations are tax 
deductible in the United States.

More information about the NetBSD operating system is available at 
<>, information about The NetBSD Foundation is at 
<>. More information about Andrew Doran's SMP 
work is available on his webpage at

Information about Force10 Networks can be found at