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
-- 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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