Technical Steering Committee

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The Technical Steering Committee is co-chaired by the CTO and the VP of Engineering and consists of one representative from each Core and Club member, and an elected representative for each group.

The Technical Lead and Project Manager from each Working Group participate fully in all TSC meetings.  The TSC is the forum by which each working group discusses existing development projects and resources, as well as forward-looking roadmaps. The function of the TSC is to:

  • Seek input from the multiple stakeholders and development experts
  • Distil these needs into a set of technical goals attributed with focus and priority guidance
  • Assign or reassign resources (as empowered by the Board) to align these priorities with the resources available
  • Co-ordinate and arbitrate the plans of multiple Working Groups
  • Act as a reporting body to the management team

Committee MembersAssociate Members  / Guests Members

Committee Members

Bill Mills / Texas Instruments

Bill’s computing experience began at age 15 when he soldered together his first computer. It had a hex keypad and 256 bytes of memory. Bill maintains that this was the high point of his technical achievement and everything else has been a downward slide.

Bill is Chief Technologist for Open Source Solutions and Distinguish Member of Technical Staff. Since 2007 Bill has been working to ensure that TI is acting as a member of the open source community. He acts as a representative for TI in various open source communities and advocates for open source concerns and methods within TI.

Bill has been developing software professionally for over 25 years. Prior to his current position, Bill has a wide variety of experience. Examples include being the system architect for TI’s high density voice gateways and for multiple TI SOCs, technical lead for an in-house real-time executive, and sole developer for a windowed source level debugger for an emulator with trace and hardware break and watch points. In his current position Bill started TI’s open-embedded based Arago-project and is the technical lead for the linux-c6x project that has brought uCLinux to TI’s C6000 DSPs. Bill is a member of the Yocto Project Advisory board.

Christian Bertin / STMicroelectronics

Christian Bertin is director of the Compiler Expertise Center at STMicroelectronics and a Technical Fellow. He has a Computer Sciences PhD from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, in dynamic compilation and optimization. He is a graduated engineer from Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, with a speciality in computing systems and networks.

He led the Logic Programming and Expert System research team in the computer sciences laboratory of Ecole des Mines and created a specialized software engineering cursus, called “Annee Speciale d’Informatique Genie Logiciel” dedicated to graduated engineers and masters.

In 1990, he joined the Advanced Computer Research Institute (Lyon, Brussels), where he led the compiler group to produce the FORTRAN-90 optimizing compiler and the system C compilers and tools for the ACRI1 supercomputer decoupled architecture.

He has been working in STMicroelectronics for 17 years and has created the Compilation Expertise Center (CEC) in charge of product compilers, tools and libraries for most processor cores used in ST products. In ST, Christian pioneered the usage of open source technologies, both for development tools and for compilation tools technologies. Since 2012, two engineers of CEC are allocated to the Linaro toolchain team.   Christian is also a member of the HiPEAC NoE and represents ST in the HiPEAC Steering Committee.

David Rusling / Linaro

David always enjoyed mathematics, but America’s space program together with ‘Star Trek’ made him think that computers were really interesting and so he graduated in 1982 with a degree in Computer Science. The future turns out to have less flashing lights than he expected. At Digital Equipment Corporation he got involved in the port of Linux® to the Alpha processor. This gave him an abiding respect for the power of open source in general and Linux in particular. He worked on StrongARM before moving to ARM where he added tools experience. He’s an ARM Fellow; which he says, “really means that I’m a techno-dweeb with a wide freedom to meddle.”

Jacob Shin / LG Electronics

James Lai / Mediatek

Jill Guo / ZTE

Jon Masters / LEG Representative, Red Hat

Jon Masters is Chief ARM Architect at Red Hat, where he works on the Fedora ARM project. Masters has been a Linux developer for more than 17 years, since beginning university at the age of 13. He is the author of a number of books on the Linux operating system, including “Building Embedded Linux Systems,” and the upcoming “Porting Linux.” An accomplished musician and hiker, he also enjoys unicycling among his many other hobbies.

Kate Stewart / Product Management, Linaro

Kate has over 20 years of silicon enablement, software product planning and release experience in developing products for IBM, Motorola, Freescale and Canonical. Well over half of those years she has been actively involved in directly managing teams making contributions to the linux and GNU ecosystem.  She is also a key contributor to the Linux Foundation’s SPDX project.

Kenneth (Liguozhu) Lee (Hisilicon)

 Kenneth Lee is the chief software architect of Hisilicon. He has more than 14 years experience on OS and OS middleware design and development.  He has worked on OS area for most of HUAWEI products which include wideband/Narrowband switches, routers, mobile phones, wireless stations, core network servers, etc. He is also the architect of HUAWEI’s first Linux distribution for lots of embedded telecom devices.

Mark Hambleton / Broadcom

Approaching 20 years of experience in embedded systems ranging from real time control of wind tunnels in his early career to a more recent focus on mobile devices. Mark has been working with the Linux kernel for approaching 15 years, initially creating networking products focussing on traffic classification and shaping for core and edge routers to a more recent focus on mobile devices. Working as a Chief Architect for at Symbian (and Nokia), Mark established himself within the ARM community, he then joined Broadcom in 2012 to refocus on Linux on ARM working on their leading edge mobile SOCs.

Mark Orvek / EVP Engineering, Linaro

Mark joined Linaro as Director of Working Groups in August 2012. Prior to this he was Vice President of Engineering and Services at MontaVista Software. He joined MontaVista in 1999 as the director of engineering, responsible for new product development focused on making the Linux operating system suitable for embedded systems and embedded applications. He managed the development of key technologies for Linux including multi-architecture platform support, real-time, carrier grade high availability, small footprint, fast boot, power management and most recently the MontaVista Linux 6 Integration Platform. Before MontaVista, he was an R&D Section Manager at Hewlett-Packard (HP), holding various positions including technical field support, development engineer, R&D Project Manager and R&D Section Manager in HP’s business servers and Real-time embedded board computers.  Mark holds BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and in Computer Science from California State University at Dominguez Hills.

Matt Locke / Qualcomm

Pannaga Bhushan / Samsung

Pannaga has a bachelor’s degree in electronics and a master’s diploma in business management from IIM, Bangalore.  She started her career with work on Samsung’s pSOS based printers and also has experience with VxWorks, while maintaining network switches, and RTLinux. Pannaga’s experience with porting bootloaders and Linux on Samsung SoCs starts from S3C2410 (ARM9) days and spans to S5PV210 (Cortex A8).  She was working with Samsung when they started to upstream support for their platforms around 2010.  During a brief stint at Intel, she worked on a phone platform that saw its commercial launch.   Pannaga then returned to Samsung where she is working on system software development for the forthcoming platforms and products of Samsung.

Patrick Maccartee / LNG Representative, MontaVista

Roger Teague / ARM

Roger is ARM’s representative on the Linaro Technical Steering Committee. ARM differs from other Linaro members in that it originates much of the IP that forms the basis of Linaro’s consolidation activities and an important part of Roger’s role is to help transition new IP into Linaro in an efficient manner. This is good for its members and also the larger community.

Within ARM, Roger is ideally placed as Engineering Director for Software for the Processor Division  to ensure that this transitioning process is coordinated internally across the whole of ARM  as well as managing ARM’s own internal OpenSource development. With a background initially in Hardware, Roger has over 20 years of experience in the Software Engineering industry working with  technology ranging from highly structured developments delivering safety critical systems through to wireless SoC products in a number of start-up organisations where the value of Linux is understood. Outside of his work life, Roger enjoys racing sailing dinghies which with the English winter climate shows a true passion.

Takehisa Katayama / Fujitsu

Takehisa is Director of Software platform development.  He has more than 15 years experience in software development for embedded systems,    such as;  improving the multimedia performance for own VLIW processor, porting uITRON OS to our first ARM based MCU, designing multimedia framework for ARM based own multimedia companion chip which is targeting on 2G mobile phones and developing protocol stacks for own baseband chip (Bluetooth/WiMAX).  He is currently focused on supporting Linux on ARM for the application processor as a software platform targeting the embedded products market with Linaro.ext

Associate Members

Berny Goodheart / Huawei

Philippe Robin / ARM

Takeshi Kaneto / Fujitsu

Guests

Andrea Gallo / Director of LEG, Linaro

Andrea Gallo is the Director of the Linaro Enterprise Group.  Prior to this Andrea was very much involved with Linaro as part of our Technical Steering Committee. He was awarded this role with Linaro due to his great work as a Fellow and Chief Architect with ST-Ericsson. Andrea joined STMicroelectronics in 1995 and covered many roles and products, including the world first dial-up 56kbps USB Pegas.usB softmodem in 1998, the world first ADSL USB/PCI controllerless modem in 2000 and many products and prototypes based on ST Nomadik Application Processor. Andrea set up and managed STM Linux Software Platform team in Bangalore, including recruitment and software engineering process, and then moved into ST-Ericsson when the JV between ST and Ericsson Mobile Platform was created.  As a teenager, Andrea wrote software in Basic, Z80 and ARM assembler and C published by English and Italian magazines and Public Domain Libraries and also attended two summer time trainee programs in July 1987 and 1988 at Acorn Computers in Cambridge (UK) on the just released ARM2 processor, few years before the creation of ARM Ltd itself.

George Grey / CEO, Linaro

George, Chief Executive Officer,  joined Linaro in 2010 bringing a wealth of industry knowledge. Prior to joining Linaro George led software and hardware technology companies for over 25 years, gaining wide ranging expertise in business strategy, product development, sales and marketing. Early in his career he spent 12 years as founder and then CEO of Tadpole Technology plc, a developer of advanced mobile workstations. More recently at SavaJe, a pioneer of Smartphone operating systems, he developed a deep understanding of advanced software technologies, and worked with partners and customers across the entire mobile industry. George has built a reputation for leading and growing technology companies, and brings to Linaro extensive experience in creating innovative products and solutions for global markets. George holds a degree in Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University and resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mark Gregotski / Director of LHG, Linaro

Mark has over 20 years experience developing real-time embedded software, managing software teams and defining product requirements for a variety of industry applications. Over the past 13 years he has worked on a range of set-top box product lines and large-scale deployments of video services for leading cable and telco MSOs. He has held key positions on software and systems engineering teams responsible for the successful launch of interactive set-top applications, video-on-demand solutions, an OCAP software stack, IP video services (IPTV, whole-home video distribution, and multi-bitrate adaptive streaming), and secure multiscreen content delivery solutions. His expertise in digital video developed over the course of working with silicon vendors on several generations of set-top boxes, VOD partners, and HLS video delivery to CE devices (smartphones, tablets) running iOS and Android.

Raj Murali / Director of LNG, Linaro

Raj has lead semiconductor and platform development teams for more than a decade in his 25 years of technology career. While at Phillips, he was responsible for the ReUse technology group which built IPs and subsystems used in DTVs, Mobiles and CE semiconductor products across the company’s product portfolio. He proceeded to lead the System LSI group at Samsung, Bangalore. His team was involved in the development of hardware and software components for Samsung’s Exynos series SoCs and related open-source platforms. He also represented the company at Linaro in the initial years. Prior to his work in the semiconductor industry, Raj has worked in the area of Industrial Automation and Controls. He brings a rich experience of building teams which have consistently delivered complex technology solutions in a multi-partner environment.