SAN FRANCISCO, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Source Business Conference -- REvolution Computing, a New Haven, CT-based provider of software for computational statistics, today announced the formation of an advisory board that includes many of the leading figures in the creation and development of open source communities. David Henderson, Director of Community for REvolution Computing, will be the director of the board, charged with coordinating the exchange and discussion between the board, the 'R' community and developers.
The board initially comprises: -- Larry Augustin, Managing Partner, Augustin Ventures. Prior board member of XenSource and JBoss; Founder/CEO of VA Linux -- Brian Behlendorf, a lead architect in the creation of the Apache Project -- Philippe Cases, a serial entrepreneur and current venture capitalist -- David Henderson, Director of Community for REvolution Computing -- Dirk Hohndel, prior Chief Technology Officer of SuSE, who is the director of Linux and Open Source Strategy at Intel Corp. -- Pete Kronowitt, Software Strategist for Intel Corp. Additional board members are expected to be named at a later date. "We have created an advisory board that brings together thought leaders and pioneers in the open source community," said Richard Schultz, CEO of REvolution Computing. "Our advisors will help guide our development and growth as we provide support for 'R' and the 'R' community." Brian Behlendorf said: "I look forward to helping REvolution Computing and the 'R' platform grow its user base into a premiere open source community." He added, "REvolution has an excellent product, addressing a big gap in a very technically demanding space, which should draw a significant amount of developer attention and drive a vibrant software ecosystem with REvolution at its core." Larry Augustin said: "As the new de-facto standard in data analysis, 'R' is helping to solve important industry problems in life sciences, finance, and beyond. Through the commercial open source RPro system, REvolution Computing is disrupting the market by making powerful data analysis tools available to a whole generation of scientists and engineers who previously couldn't afford them," adding, "I'm excited about joining the board at the cusp of the 'R' movement." "We are proud to have such a prestigious group of individuals on our board and are excited to be working together as we address the wider marketplace," Schultz said. The creation of the board comes just weeks after Intel Capital, the global investment arm of Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), announced it had invested in the Series A financing of REvolution Computing. Intel Capital said it was attracted to REvolution Computing's commercially supported RPro and ParallelR software, which enhances and optimizes the open source 'R' statistical programming environment for high-performance computing.
Further information on the board members: Larry Augustin founded VA Linux (now SourceForge) in 1993 and was the CEO until August 2002. He was one of a small group who coined the term "open source." Today he is an investor and advisor to early-stage technology companies. Larry holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Brian Behlendorf is the founder of CollabNet, a firm that builds public and private open-source developer communities for firms like Intel, Sun, and American Express. Brian also co-founded the Apache Software Foundation, and is a board director at the Mozilla Foundation. Prior to that Brian co-founded web design/engineering firm Organic, and launched the first ad-supported web site for Wired Magazine. Brian studied computer science and physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Philippe Cases is a partner at San Francisco-based Partech International, a venture capital firm that focuses almost exclusively on Information Technology. He is an investor and advisor to several early stage technology companies in open source and the data management space. He holds an Engineering Degree from Ecole des Mines, France and an MS from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. David Henderson, who will be the board's director, is a research scientist at REvolution Computing, and has extensive training and experience in genetics, genomics, statistics and statistical computing. A former research scientist for Insightful Corp., he was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona and has a PhD in statistical genetics from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. Dirk Hohndel is the Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist, Intel Corporation. Dirk has been an active developer and contributor in the Linux space since its earliest days. Among other roles, he worked as Chief Technology Officer of SuSE and as Vice President of The XFree86 Project, Inc. Dirk joined Intel in 2001. He works in the Software and Solutions Group and focuses on the technology direction of Intel's Open Source Technology Center and guides Intel's engagements in open source. He is an active contributor in many open source projects and organizations, various program committees and advisory boards. Dirk holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Wurzburg, Germany. Pete Kronowitt is a Software Strategist in Intel's Open Source Technology Center and is responsible for developing and managing the worldwide program for Linux operating system vendors. Peter has 20 years in the high-tech sector, with IBM, Xircom and more than twelve years with Intel. He has led global teams for market and platform roadmap development in the worldwide channel and directed software ecosystem relationships for new Intel platform introductions. Peter has held positions as board observer at JBoss as part of an Intel Capital equity investment, was a founding and Steering Committee member of the Open Business Readiness Rating, and Steering Committee Vice Chair for the Open Source Development Lab Desktop Linux Working Group. About REvolution Computing New Haven, CT-based Revolution Computing provides commercial support of the open source 'R' statistical programming environment. Through RPro and ParallelR, REvolution Computing optimizes 'R' for high-performance statistical computing. Scientists, statisticians and research analysts rely on REvolution Computing for processing and analyzing mission-critical data across pharmaceutical, financial, defense and other industries. In January 2008, Intel Corp. made a major investment in the company. For further information on REvolution Computing, visit www.revolution-computing.com.
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