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USENIX Pledges $35,000 Matching Fund for Advancing OpenAFS

Berkeley, Calif., February 11, 2003 - USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association, today announced a generous $35,000 matching fund donation to the OpenAFS project, an ongoing collaborative effort chartered with enhancing AFS, a widely used distributed file system.

The USENIX donation, matched evenly by Intel and Morgan Stanley, will be distributed to the OpenAFS Advisory Council, which is responsible for the overall direction of the OpenAFS project. The OpenAFS Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, the University of Michigan, Intel Corporation, Morgan Stanley, and IBM Corporation.

"The support from USENIX will enable the Advisory Council to devote the required time to push forward the research boundaries of AFS," said Peter Honeyman, Scientific Director of CITI, University of Michigan. "The Council will initially concentrate on bringing AFS up to date with modern transport and security, the first steps in fulfilling the promise of AFS as a high-quality, open source, wide-area distributed file system."

Pioneered at Carnegie Mellon University and supported and developed as a product by IBM Corporation, AFS offers mid-sized businesses, large enterprises, and universities a scalable, high-performance, reliable, and secure file-sharing system.

"USENIX has a long and proud history of supporting technical development," said Ellie Young, Executive Director of the USENIX Association. "Our donation to the OpenAFS project expresses our commitment to supporting important technologies that offer potential benefits to the entire computing community."

About the USENIX Association USENIX is the Advanced Computing Systems Association. For over 25 years, it has been the leading community for engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world. USENIX conferences are the essential meeting grounds for the presentation and discussion of technical advances in all aspects of computing systems. For more information about the USENIX Association, visit

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