June 23, 2006
System Fabric Works, an independent fabric computing software and services company, has announced that Bill Boas has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development.
Boas is a recognized technology veteran, and a pioneer in the field of high performance computing and networking, including winning the DOE PathForward contract to help develop the Gigabyte System Networking technology for IBM, HP, and Sun -- the technology which evolved into today's InfiniBand.
"We are extremely pleased that Bill brings his expertise and leadership in the high performance computing space to System Fabric Works," said Bob Pearson, Founder and CEO, System Fabric Works. "With Bill's deep understanding of our industry, he will bring outstanding value in finding the best solutions to fit clients' data center needs."
Boas comes to System Fabric Works most recently from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Computing Directorate where his responsibilities included PathForward program development and contract management for InfiniBand and the Lustre File System. In the early nineties, Boas co-founded Essential Communications, which became the leading gigabit networking company before the advent of gigabit Ethernet.
While at LLNL in 2004, Boas helped found the open source software development group, the OpenIB Alliance, and as the vice-chair in 2006 was instrumental in expanding its charter to become the OpenFabrics Alliance, which will soon release its first enterprise distribution.
In fall 2005, Boas organized and managed the geographically largest and most vendor-diverse InfiniBand network ever for the SC05 Conference in Seattle. The network contained over 30 different InfiniBand switches, over 50 hosts/clusters linking the Naval Research Laboratory, LLNL, Intel's Dupont facility and the SC05 exhibit floor. Bill Gates, the SC05 keynote speaker, used the network to preview Microsoft's Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.
Boas holds a BSc.Eng in Computers and Communications and has been a Golden Core member of the IEEE for nearly 20 years.
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