Hello, World

Picture of Tim Marsland Hello. First some preliminaries. Who am I? Well, I'm a Distinguished Engineer in the Operating Platforms Group at Sun; I'm also the Chief Technical Officer for that group. The first part of that means that I get to work on Solaris, the second part of that sentence means that it's a continuous struggle to do any engineering work in the face of too many meetings :) Among the other CTOs I've met both within Sun and outside of Sun, it's a relief to see that there's a wide interpretation of the role. Some CTOs are only concerned with abstract futures, some are solely buried in day-to-day issues. I try to be somewhere in the middle, and thus please nobody all of the time :(

I'm an engineer by calling; like my colleagues, we're in this to build software artifacts that make other peoples lives better. I've worked on Solaris for many years, on numerous subsystems and problems, from architectural direction to fixing bugs. We're very excited about Solaris 10 and how much it seems to be helping customers with their problems, and changing the way people think about Solaris, Sun, and Operating Systems technology in general. I think we're living in a time of transitions, and operating systems are relevant again, as the boundaries between software system components are shifting, hardware devices become ever more capable and complex, while new business models emerge.

During Solaris 10, my principal code contributions were around modernizing the Solaris kernel port to the x86 architectures, and on bringing 64-bit Solaris up on x64 platforms - our slightly boringly named "amd64" project. Some months ago a member of that team blogged about some of the work he'd been doing on that project, and hoped that someone would spend a bit more time talking about the other work that we did during the amd64 port. That seemed like a good topic for a blog entry, so that's what I thought I'd write about first.
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Welcome, Tim. :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on May 10, 2005 at 11:16 AM PDT #

Tim, So good to see someone who is truly a distinguished engineer explaining stuff, as you do so well. Now if you only could get Faulkner to have a blog I would have to believe than anything is possible! ALl the best, gregoire

Posted by greg pearson on May 23, 2005 at 11:23 AM PDT #

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