David Rosenthal

LOCKSS Program, Stanford University

Dr. David Rosenthal started the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Program, which enables long-term preservation of web published materials (ejournals, books, blogs, websites, archival materials, etc). He built and tested the initial prototype, developed the OpenBSD-based network appliance technology that LOCKSS peers used for the first five years of production, and was part of the research team that developed the award-winning fault- and attack-resistant peer-to-peer network technology that underlies the LOCKSS network. He currently works on economic models for long-term storage.

Rosenthal joined Sun Microsystems in 1985 from the Andrew project at Carnegie-Mellon University. He worked on window systems with James Gosling at Sun, and was part of the teams that developed both NeWS and the X Window System, now the open-source standard. He also worked on graphics hardware, the operating system kernel, and system and network administration.

Rosenthal left Sun in 1993 to be chief scientist and employee #4 at Nvidia, now the leading supplier of high-performance graphics chips for the PC industry. In 1996 he joined Vitria Technology, now a leading supplier of e-business infrastructure technology. There, he worked on reliable multicast protocols and on testing industrial-strength software. After starting the LOCKSS Program at Stanford with National Science Foundation funding, he brought his work on LOCKSS to Sun Labs from 1999 to 2002, before returning to Stanford Library in 2002 where he continues the work today.

Rosenthal received an MA degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and a PhD from Imperial College, London. He is the author of several technical publications and holds 23 patents. His interests include backpacking and the theater.

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