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H. Peter Anvin

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H. Peter Anvin
Anvin speaking at FOSDEM in 2009
Hans Peter Anvin

(1972-01-12) 12 January 1972 (age 52)
Västerås, Sweden
OccupationSoftware engineer
EmployerIntel Corporation
Known forSYSLINUX,[1][2][3] Linux kernel

Hans Peter Anvin (12 January 1972), also known as hpa, is a Swedish-American computer programmer who has contributed to free and open-source software projects. Anvin is the originator of SYSLINUX,[1][2][3] Linux Assigned Names and Numbers Authority (LANANA), and various Linux kernel features.[1]


Peter Anvin grew up in Västerås, Sweden. He moved to the United States in 1988, as a teenager, when his father moved to Chicago.[4]

Anvin was previously maintainer of the linux.* Usenet newsgroup hierarchy[1] and the Linux kernel archives at kernel.org, wrote the original Swap Space How-to, and the "Linux/I386 Boot Protocol" (file: linux/Documentation/i386/boot.txt)

Peter Anvin graduated in 1994 from Northwestern University,[5] where he also was president of the Northwestern Amateur Radio Society (W9BGX); his amateur radio call sign is AD6QZ (formerly N9ITP). According to his personal web site, he is a believer in the Baháʼí Faith.[6]

In addition to his regular employment at Intel's Open Source Technology Center, Anvin was a long-time co-maintainer of the unified x86/x86-64 Linux kernel tree,[7] chief maintainer of the Netwide Assembler (NASM) and SYSLINUX projects.[3] Previous employers include Transmeta, where he performed as architect and technical director; Orion Multisystems, working on CPU architecture and code morphing software; and rPath.

Linux kernel works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Who is Who". Scania & Zealand (Denmark): Skåne Sjælland Linux User Group. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "List of Linux Luminaries". Who's Who. Linux Online. 2008. Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "Developer page – H. Peter Anvin". Softpedia. 2009. Archived from the original on April 3, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  4. ^ "Han snodde Finlands Linux-Linus". Vestmanlands Läns Tidning (in Swedish). February 15, 2003.
  5. ^ "Reunion 2009 – Class of 1994 – Who's Wanted". Reunions & Homecoming. Northwestern Alumni Association. April 8, 2009. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  6. ^ "H. Peter Anvin's home page". Archived from the original on May 4, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  7. ^ H. Peter Anvin (January 25, 2018). "x86: Mark hpa as a "Designated Reviewer" for the time being". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Anvin, H. Peter (2004–2009). "The mathematics of RAID-6" (PDF). kernel.org. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
  9. ^ H. Peter Anvin (August 27, 2011). "RFD: x32 ABI system call numbers". Retrieved January 29, 2018.