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Technical Committee

The OpenStack Technical Committee provides technical leadership for OpenStack as a whole. Responsibilities include enforcing OpenStack ideals (such as Openness, Transparency, Commonality, Integration and Quality), deciding on issues that impact multiple programs, providing an ultimate appeals board for technical decisions and general oversight. It is a fully-elected Committee that represents the contributors to the project, and more details about membership and programs may be found in its charter.


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Anne Gentle

OpenStack Documentation Program Lead

Company
Rackspace 
Bio

Anne Gentle is the fanatical technical writer and community documentation coordinator at Rackspace for OpenStack. Through collaboration and continuous integration, running the documentation project like a code project, Anne has helped the community produce and maintain installation and administration manuals, how-tos, API information, and reference documentation since September 2010.

 


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Devananda van der Veen

OpenStack Ironic Program Lead

Company
HP 
Bio

Devananda started the OpenStack Ironic project two years ago and continues to serve as the Program Technical Lead for bare metal provisioning within OpenStack. He also sits on the Technical Committee, taking a great interest in the sustainability of the OpenStack ecosystem as it continues to experience rapid growth and expansion. He has worked on three Nova virt drivers (openvz, baremetal, and ironic), and led the early work (way back in the Essex and Folsom cycles) to improve Nova's database performance. He also works with the Infra and TripleO teams at HP.

Previously, he deployed and operated MySQL at scale, spoke about replication and disaster recovery, and was a Sr. Performance Consultant at Percona, Inc. His interest in distributed, highly-available systems goes back to his first job at a startup in Santa Monica in '99.

 


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Doug Hellmann

OpenStack Common Libraries Program Lead

Company
HP 
Bio

Doug Hellmann is currently employed by HP to work on OpenStack. He has been programming in Python since version 1.4, and has worked on a variety of Unix and non-Unix platforms for projects in fields such as mapping, medical news publishing, banking, and data center automation. Doug is a member of the Python Software Foundation, and served as its Communications Director from 2010-2012. After a year as a regular columnist for Python Magazine, he served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008-2009. Between 2007 and 2011, Doug published the popular "Python Module of the Week" series on his blog, and that material served as the basis for his book "The Python Standard Library By Example". He lives in Athens, Georgia.

Doug started contributing to OpenStack in 2012, just before the Folsom summit. He is a core reviewer and one of the founding members of the Ceilometer project, and a core reviewer for the requirements and unified command line interface projects. He is on the stable release maintenance team, part of the team working on the Python 3 transition, and has contributed to several of the infrastructure projects. He has served as the PTL for the Oslo project for the Icehouse and Juno releases. 

 


James Blair

OpenStack Infrastructure Program Lead

Company
OpenStack Foundation 
Bio

James works for the OpenStack Foundation and is a core member of the OpenStack project infrastructure team. As a sysadmin and hacker he gets to write elegant code and then try to make it work in the real world. He has been active in free software for quite some time, and has previously worked for UC Berkeley and the Free Software Foundation.

 

 


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Jay Pipes

Company
Mirantis 
Bio

Jay is a Principal Technical Architect at Mirantis. He works to develop core and ecosystem projects in the OpenStack cloud computing platform community. Before Mirantis, he worked at AT&T, focusing on OpenStack development and operations. Previously, he was a Director of Engineering in HP s Open Source Cloud Services team, a development manager and software engineer at Rackspace Cloud, a software engineer at Sun Microsystems and the North American Community Relations Manager at MySQL. Co-author of Pro MySQL (Apress, 2005), Jay has also written articles for Linux Magazine and regularly assists developers in identifying how to make the most effective use of MySQL and other software. He has given sessions on performance tuning at the MySQL Users Conference, RedHat Summit, NY PHP Conference, ZendCon, php-tek, OSCON, and Ohio LinuxFest, amongst others. He lives in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Julie, and his beloved dogs.

 


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John Griffith

OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) Program Technical Lead

Company
SolidFire 
Bio

John Griffith, Senior Software Engineer at SolidFire, helped to create the Cinder project in OpenStack.  His primary responsibility at SolidFire is technical contributor to OpenStack, and he currently aslo serves as elected Project Lead for Cinder and holds an elected seat on the OpenStack Technical Committee.

John has over fifteen years of engineering experience in both hardware and software engineering.  He’s been an active user and contributor to open source for close to a decade, and has been focused on OpenStack since January of 2011.

In addition to his technical contributions, John also spends a lot of his time talking to people who are interested in learning about OpenStack as well as gathering feedback from current users.

 


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Mark McClain

Company
 
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Mark McClain is a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee and a core reviewer for several teams (Neutron, Requirements and Stable).  Mark was the Program Technical Lead for the OpenStack Networking during the Havana and Icehouse cycles. In addition to his technical work, Mark is co-organizer of the Atlanta OpenStack Meetup group and frequent speaker on OpenStack. Formerly of DreamHost and Yahoo!, he has 14 years of software development experience.

 


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Michael Still

OpenStack Compute (Nova) Program Technical Lead

Company
Rackspace 
Bio

I'm an active nova developer as well as reviewer. I also dabble in oslo, where I maintain four modules. I have also served on the TC for the last two cycles.

I work at Rackspace in Australia, where I manage a team of software developers working on upstream OpenStack.

 


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Monty Taylor

Company
HP 
Bio

I currently work full-time on OpenStack for HP. I lead a team that works on running the Developer Infrastructure systems for the project, as well as teams working on OpenStack Deployment (TripleO) and OpenStack Bare Metal (Ironic). I am past PTL of the OpenStack Infra Program and set up the original project gating infrastructure. I currently sit on the Technical Committee. Previously, I was a core developer on Drizzle and was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc. I've been a Python hacker by choice since 2000, and am currently a member of the Python Software Foundation.

I have a degree in Theatre Directing and went to grad school at CalArts in lighting design. The intersection of fields has led me to start more than one business around developing technology for and related to live performance. I continue to work in the theatre, and over the past year have lit shows in New York, Seattle and Austin.

 


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Russell Bryant

Company
Red Hat 
Bio

Russell is a Senior Principal Software Engineer and the Lead Architect for OpenStack Infrastructure at Red Hat, Inc.  He is on the OpenStack Technical Committee (since Fall 2012).  Russell has been contributing to the development of OpenStack since the Fall of 2011.  His most significant contributions have been to Nova (the Compute project) and he served as the PTL of Nova for the Havana and Icehouse releases.

Prior to working for Red Hat, Russell spent 7 years (2004 - 2011) working for Digium on the Asterisk project. In the later years, Russell was the leader of the Asterisk project as well as the Engineering Manager for Asterisk development at Digium.

Russell is also a published author.  Russell co-authored "Asterisk: The Definitive Guide" and "Asterisk Cookbook", published by O'Reilly Media.  He also contributed a chapter on Asterisk to the book "Architecture of Open Source Applications".

Russell graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in the Fall of 2006.  He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.

 


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Sean Dague

OpenStack QA Program Lead

Company
HP 
Bio

Sean Dague is a contributor across a wide variety of projects to OpenStack, a core reviewer on Devstack, Tempest, Grenade, Nova, and lots of smaller projects. He was the QA PTL for the Havana and Icehouse cycles, and you'll often see him trying to get to the bottom of an interesting race condition exposed in OpenStack in the integrated testing gate.

Sean has been working in Open Source as part of his job for over a decade, currently as part of the OpenStack team at Hewlett-Packard. He was previous part of Samsung's Open Source Group, and IBM's Linux Technology Center.

Sean has been an avid Linux and Open Source user and contributor going back to college days. He created the Mid Hudson Linux Users Group in 2003, and has been running a monthly Linux and Open Source lecture series there ever since, exposing hundreds of people to the joys of Open Source technology.

 


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Thierry Carrez

OpenStack Release Cycle Management Program Lead

Company
OpenStack Foundation 
Bio

Thierry Carrez is the Director of Engineering at the OpenStack Foundation, helping ensure the long-term health of the OpenStack upstream open source project. He has been the Release Manager for the OpenStack project since its inception, coordinating the effort and facilitating collaboration between contributors. He is the elected chair of the OpenStack Technical Committee, which is in charge of the technical direction of the project.

Thierry spoke about OpenStack, open innovation and open source project management at various conferences around the world, including OSCON, LinuxCon, and FOSDEM. A Python Software Foundation fellow, he was previously the Technical lead for Ubuntu Server at Canonical, an operational manager for the Gentoo Linux Security Team, and an IT manager in various companies.

 


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Vishvananda Ishaya

Company
Nebula 
Bio

Vish Ishaya is the Chief Technology Officer at Nebula, Inc. Prior to joining Nebula, he was a Principal Engineer with Rackspace Cloud Builders. He was also a Senior Systems Engineer with Anso Labs and NASA Nebula Technical Lead during the creation of Nova, one of the founding OpenStack projects.

He is a highly prolific developer who has been one of the top contributors to OpenStack. He has been a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee since its inception, and was recently elected to the OpenStack Board, which along with other prominent community members helps guide the vision of the OpenStack project.

Vish was elected to four consecutive terms as the OpenStack Compute Project Technical Lead. In addition to his excellent programming and systems skills, Vish has spent over a decade teaching, most recently classes in object oriented analysis and design.