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Dave Anderson (T1) is Director of Strategic Planning for Seagate and has over 20 years experience in the computer field. For the last several years he has been involved in developing the opportunities for hard drives to contribute to system security. His responsibilities have included overall interface strategy for all disc interfaces. Dave was involved in the architecture and planning of Fibre Channel during its first proposal as a disc interface. He was one of the principal architects of the disc XOR commands that are now a part of the standard SCSI interface specification and was the author and original editor of the Object based Storage Device proposal that recently became a SCSI standard. Dave was one of the original nine elected members of the SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) Technical Council. He was also one of the founding members of the Serial Attached SCSI working group, which defined this new interface. He has been awarded 5 patents related to disc storage. Dave is a member of ACM and the IEEE Computer Society.

Peter Honeyman (T2) is Research Professor of Information at the University of Michigan, where he is Scientific Director of the Center for Information Technology Integration. As an experimental computer scientist, Honeyman builds middleware for file systems, security, and mobile computing. He has been instrumental in software projects including Honey DanBer UUCP, PathAlias, MacNFS, Disconnected AFS, and WebCard, the first Internet smart card. Current work centers on CITI's open source reference implementation of NFSv4 and its extensions for high end computing.

Tom Talpey (T4) is a Technical Director with Network Appliance, Inc. He has been involved with NFS for much of his career, most recently being principally involved with specifying, standardizing and implementing the NFS/RDMA and NFSv4 minor version 1 protocol standards.

Marc Unangst (T3) is a Software Architect at Panasas, where he has been a leading contributor to the design and implementation of the PanFS distributed file system. He represents Panasas on the SPEC SFS benchmark committee, and authored draft specification documents for the POSIX High End Computing Extensions Working Group (HECEWG). Previously, Marc was a staff programmer in the Parallel Data Lab at Carnegie Mellon, where he worked on the Network-Attached Storage Device (NASD) project. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

Brent Welch (T3) is Director of Software Architecture at Panasas. Panasas has developed a scalable, high-performance, object-based distributed file system that is used in a variety of HPC environments, including many of the Top500 super computers. He has previously worked at Xerox-PARC and Sun Microsystems Laboratories. Brent has experience building software systems from the device driver level up through network servers, user applications, and graphical user interfaces. While getting his PhD at UC Berkeley, he designed and built the Sprite distributed file system. Brent participates in the IETF NFSv4 working group, and is co-author of the pNFS internet drafts that specify parallel I/O extensions for NFSv4.1.

Willis Whittington (T1) graduated BSc and MBA in the UK and has worked in the OEM disc drive business since 1967 at corporate design centers in Glasgow, London, Paris, and Frankfurt, as well as in the USA. He has been involved in all aspects of disc drive design and development from 300 Mbyte, 600 lb monsters in the early 70's, to today's 150 GByte Enterprise class drives which fit quite nicely in a shirt pocket. He is currently Product Marketing Manager with Seagate Technology's Enterprise Storage Division in Minnesota.

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