Keith Bostic

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Keith Bostic
Keith Bostic.jpg
Born (1959-07-26) July 26, 1959 (age 59)
ResidenceMassachusetts[1]
Employer
Known fornvi and Berkeley DB
Websitebostic.com

Keith Bostic is an American Software Engineer and one of the key people in the history of Berkeley Software Distribution UNIX and open-source software.

In 1986, Bostic joined the Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) at the University of California, Berkeley.[2] He was one of the principal architects of the Berkeley 2BSD, 4.4BSD and 4.4BSD-Lite releases.[3] Among many other tasks, he led the effort at CSRG to create a free software version of BSD UNIX, which helped allow the creation of FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.

Bostic was a founder of Berkeley Software Design Inc. (BSDi),[3] which produced BSD/OS, a proprietary version of BSD.

In 1993, the USENIX Association gave a Lifetime Achievement Award (Flame) to the Computer Systems Research Group at University of California, Berkeley, honoring 180 individuals, including Bostic, who contributed to the CSRG's 4.4BSD-Lite release.

Bostic and wife Margo Seltzer founded Sleepycat Software in 1996 to develop and commercialize Berkeley DB, an open-source, key-value database. Sleepycat Software was the first company to dual-licensed open-source software. In February 2006, the company was acquired by Oracle Corporation, where Bostic worked until 2008.

Bostic and Michael Cahill founded WiredTiger in 2010 to create a NoSQL database management system. In November 2014, the company was acquired by MongoDB, which employs Bostic.[4]

Bostic is the author of nvi, a re-implementation of the classic text editor vi and many other standard BSD and Linux utilities. He is a past member of the Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE, and several POSIX working groups, and a contributor to POSIX standards.[1]

Publications[edit]

  • M. McKusick, K. Bostic, M. Karels, J. Quarterman: The Design and Implementation of the 4.4BSD Operating System, Addison-Wesley, April 1996, ISBN 0-201-54979-4. French translation published 1997, International Thomson Publishing, Paris, France, ISBN 2-84180-142-X.
  • Peter McIlroy, Keith Bostic, Doug McIlroy: Engineering Radix Sort, Computing Systems, Vol. 6, No. 1, Winter 1993

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Keith Bostic". informit. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  2. ^ Chris DiBona, Mark Stone, Sam Ockman, Open Source (Organization), Brian Behlendorf and Scott Bradner (1999-01-01). ""Twenty Years of Berkeley Unix - From AT&T-Owned to Freely Redistributable"". Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution. O'Reilly & Associates. ISBN 978-1-56592-582-3.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b Dale Dougherty (2000-03-24). "Bostic on the BSD Tradition: An interview with BSD veteran Keith Bostic". ONLamp.com: BSD DevCenter. O'Reilly Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  4. ^ Toby Wolpe (December 16, 2014). "MongoDB snaps up WiredTiger and its storage expert team". ZDNet. Retrieved April 29, 2017.

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