Jim Gettys (born 15 October 1953) is an American computer programmer. He was involved in multiple computer related projects.
Gettys worked at DEC's Cambridge Research Laboratory.
From 2009 through 2014, he worked at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs.
He served on the GNOME foundation board of directors.
One of his main goals at OLPC was to review and overhaul much of standard Linux software, in order to make it run faster and consume less memory and power. In this context, he has pointed out a common fallacy among programmers today: that storing computed values in memory is preferable to recomputing those values later. This, he claims, is often false on current hardware, given fast CPUs and the long time it takes to recover from a potential cache miss.
He won the 1997 Internet Plumber of the Year award on behalf of the group who worked on HTTP/1.1.
Gettys is one of the keepers of the Flame (USENIX's 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award) on behalf of The X Window System Community at Large.
- Gettys, Jim. "So long, and thanks for all the fish". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
- Interview about the One Laptops Per Child project, by LWN.net (June 2006): part I, part II.
- "User:Jg". Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- Gettys, Jim (May–June 2011), Bufferbloat: Dark Buffers in the Internet, IEEE Internet Computing, 15 (3), IEEE, pp. 95–96, doi:10.1109/MIC.2011.56, retrieved 2012-02-20
- Nielsen, Henrik Frystyk; Gettys, Jim; Baird-Smith, Anselm; Prud'hommeaux, Eric Wium; Lie, Håkon; Lilley, Chris (24 June 1997). "Network Performance Effects of HTTP/1.1, CSS1, and PNG". World Wide Web Consortium. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- "HP Labs inventor profile: Jim Gettys". Archived from the original on August 6, 2007. Retrieved 2005-08-08.
- Jim Gettys' home page at Handhelds.org
- jg's ramblings (Gettys' blog where bufferbloat was first exposed)
- bufferbloat.net where work on bufferbloat is taking place
- The X Window System, Version 11 (November, 1990)
- The (Re)Architecture of the X Window System (July, 2004)
- Network Performance Effects of HTTP/1.1, CSS1, and PNG (June 1997)
- Jim Gettys, LinkedIn