Clean-shaven (this picture in Aug 2008). After 35 years
Miramar Beach Inn webcam (click to see live)
montara.com Montara webcam (near our house)
A few more railroad links of interest to me (some of these are dead as of July 2005):
"Dave Olson" "Palo Alto"
|I'm now working at Cisco, in the Security products group (also known as STBU, STG, SGG). I started in June 2010, working on next generation products, and also various tools and infrastructure projects.|
I worked at
(originally Key Research)
from 03/03/03, until June 2010.
I worked on InfiniBand adapter chip architecture and software (product name was InfiniPath, now Truescale). InfiniBand is very high speed and very low latency networking, usually used to connect large numbers of computers (clusters) so that they can solve very large problems.
I wrote the functional specification for the original chip, and have been the lead architect on all of the HCA chips (another group back east does InfiniBand switches). I'm on several of the patents for the chip, and have been team lead on the software for the chips (we've shipped 3 designs, and are getting ready to ship the 4th (QDR) version). I started very early (employee #8, if I remember right) when we were a startup. QLogic bought the company in 2006.
|I worked at Tahoe Networks, from March 2001 until I laid off on 15 Jan 2003. They shut the doors for good in November 2003, although some of the employees went as a group to work for Nokia. It was an interesting project (digital cell phone data; GGSN, PDSN, etc., highly reliable, reasonably high capacity. A few units were sold, but only as lab eval units, apparently.||I worked at Geocast, (on a system that broadcast data over unused Digital TV bandwidth, to a deskside receiver connected to a PC) until it went out of business 28 Feb 2001. R.I.P. A lot of great people, some fairly complex (working!) software on both broadcast and receiver side, some good hardware, but in the end, no customers, large or small.|
|From May 1988 through Oct 1999, I worked at SGI. I started out writing SCSI drivers, eventually started working more on I/O architecture, and finally on systems architecture, and somewhere along the way became a Principal Engineer. The system I had the most influence on was the Octane, particularly the cross-bar I/O architecture, and the way it interacted with the system. I was also technical lead on the infamous "kernel threading" project, and was one of the folks who came up with and ramrodded through the IRIX 6.5 release and development model (still going after 6 years, amazingly enough).||Prior to SGI, I worked at Altos Computers (out of business, purchased by Acer) for several years. I "improved" (ported) RFS to work (yes, including ioctls) between the 68K (SVR3-based) and X86 (Xenix-based) systems, and also worked on the RS-422 multidrop terminal project.|
|Before Altos, I worked at Fortune Systems (even more out of business; I was the last OS person out the door at Fortune). Here's a picture of a Fortune 32:16 (link dead July 2005), And here's another Fortune site that still seems to be active Fortune 32:16 picture, along with some other information.||Way, way, way back (1979), I worked for USGS doing support work for the Marine Geology group in Palo Alto (even got to do some diving in Crater Lake!), and my very first programming outside school, on a PDP 11/23.|
|Before USGS, I worked for NOAA as part of the NOAA/California Division of Lands Tidal Boundary survey project, whose results were used to determine where the tide-based property boundaries lay (affects state ownership, and therefore public access), all over California, although mostly in the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Lots of fun, lots of outdoor work, but, of course, being the government and field work, low pay.||Before NOAA, I held a number of
jobs, while going to college and shortly after, including working
as a warehouseman and truck driver for InnerSpace Waterbeds, the
company founded by the guy who "invented" the waterbed as his
While in high school and college, I worked at bike shops, repairing and assembling bicycles. I bought my Schwinn Paramount while working in a bike shop; it lasted 30 years, until the frame cracked.
My hiker's list pages, pictures, hike descriptions.
Description of hikes, bike rides and other outings with a varied group of friends (we have a mailing list; if you are interested, contact me by mail). Hiking links are here, at the bottom of the page.