Subject: Re: NetBSD hires Andrew Doran for full-time SMP development (fwd)
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: matthew sporleder <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/26/2007 09:16:29
On 7/26/07, Hubert Feyrer <> wrote:
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> Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 02:27:33 +0200 (CEST)
> From: Hubert Feyrer <>
> To:
> 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
> <>.

I wonder if this is the first time an open source project has directly
hired someone (and not simply had work sponsored by an employee of
someone else).

Anyway, it's a very interesting development.  Congratulations, Andrew Doran.  :)