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David S.H. Rosenthal

Dr. David Rosenthal is investigating peer-to-peer techniques for fault and attack tolerance in the LOCKSS program, and is also responsible for the OpenBSD-based network appliance technology that most LOCKSS peers use. The LOCKSS program is aimed at long-term preservation of the web published materials (ejournals, books, blogs, web sites, archival materials, etc). David joined Sun Microsystems in 1985 from the Andrew project at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he had worked on window systems with James Gosling. He worked on window systems with James at Sun, and was part of the teams which developed both NeWS and the X Window System, now the open-source standard. He also worked on graphics hardware, the operating system kernel, and on system and network administration. David left Sun in 1993 to be Chief Scientist and employee #4 at Nvidia, now the leading supplier of high-performance graphics chips for the PC industry. He worked on I/O architecture. In 1996 he joined Vitria Technology, now a leading supplier of e-business infrastructure technology. He worked on reliable multicast protocols and on testing industrial-strength software. After starting the LOCKSS program at Stanford with NSF funding, from 1999 - 2002 he worked on it at Sun Labs. From 2002 he has been working on it at Stanford Library. David received an MA degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and a Ph. D. from Imperial College, London. He is the author of several technical publications and holds 23 patents. His interests include backpacking (the picture was taken at the end of a 2-week trip in the Brooks Range, the heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) and the theatre.


Last modified 31 May 2011