Subject: NetBSD hires Andrew Doran for full-time SMP development
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From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: netbsd-announce
Date: 07/25/2007 02:27:33
  * 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