SPEC awards, virtualization

Virtualization is such a hot technology that Dilbert is poking fun at it: 2/12, 2/13 and 2/14. No wonder, since IT centers must use both hardware and energy more efficiently. At SPEC's 2008 annual meeting in San Francisco SPECtacular awards were given to members of the Virtualization committee. As always, I won't post anyone's name without permission, but you know who you are and SPEC is grateful for your contributions.

SPEC is working on a benchmark to model server consolidation of commonly virtualized systems such as mail servers, database servers, application servers, web servers, and file servers. Requiring a very different technical approach than SPEC's traditional benchmarks, virtualization has brought unique challenges. SPEC recognizes these engineers for outstanding contributions in meeting those challenges:
  • Andrew Bond, HP
  • Cathy Reddy, Unisys
  • Chris Floyd, IBM
  • Fred Abounador, AMD
  • Greg Kopczynski and another engineer, VMware
  • Nitin Ramannavar, Sun
  • Stephen Pratt, Communigate
  • and an engineer from a company so modest that they don't even want to accept public thanks.

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I am a software engineer in San Diego, president of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (spec.org), formerly a mathematician and a violist.

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