Mike Shapiro (programmer)

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Mike Shapiro
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Michael W. Shapiro
OccupationSoftware engineer

Michael W. "Mike" Shapiro is an American computer programmer who worked in operating systems and storage at Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and EMC.

While working at Sun Microsystems, Shapiro developed pgrep, the Modular Debugger (MDB), DTrace, fault management and diagnosis, and other software for Sun's Solaris operating system.[1]

Shapiro and the DTrace team received a Technology Innovation Award and Overall Gold Medal for Innovation for DTrace from the Wall Street Journal in 2006.[2] DTrace was also recognized by USENIX with the Software Tools User Group (STUG) award in 2008.[3]

Starting in 2006, Shapiro led Sun's engineering effort to build a commercial storage product using Solaris and Sun's ZFS filesystem, announced in 2008.[4] After Oracle Corporation acquired Sun, Shapiro managed engineering for storage products.

Shapiro announced his departure from Oracle in a 2010 blog posting,[5] and was revealed several years later as a member of the founding team of DSSD when EMC purchased the startup.[6] He developed the DSSD software architecture with fellow Sun engineer Jeff Bonwick, and served as DSSD's vice president for software.

Shapiro was a co-author of the NVM Express over Fabrics storage protocol announced in 2014.[7] After EMC was acquired by Dell Technologies, the DSSD group was folded into the EMC storage product division in 2017.[8]


  • Bryan M. Cantrill, Michael W. Shapiro and Adam H. Leventhal (June 2004). Dynamic Instrumentation of Production Systems. Proceedings of the 2004 USENIX Annual Technical Conference. Retrieved 2006-09-08.
  • Mike Shapiro (December 2004). "Self-Healing in Modern Operating Systems". ACM Queue. 2 (9): 66–75. doi:10.1145/1039511.1039537.
  • Mike Shapiro (February 2009). "Purpose-Built Languages". ACM Queue. 7 (1): 18–24. doi:10.1145/1508211.1508217.
  • NVM Express over Fabrics Protocol and Architecture Webcast


  1. ^ https://blogs.oracle.com/mws/entry/introduction Mike Shapiro's Blog
  2. ^ Totty, Michael (September 2006). "The Winners Are..." The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Retrieved 2007-03-31.
  3. ^ "2008 USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX '08)". 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
  4. ^ "Sun rolls out its own storage appliances". techworld.com.au. 2008-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  5. ^ "End of File". 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  6. ^ Why DSSD is a Game Changer
  7. ^ "NVM Express Organization Initiates "NVM Express over Fabrics" Effort; NVMe Specification Revision 1.2 Approaching Ratification". Press release. September 3, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  8. ^ Chris Mellor (March 2, 2017). "Dell kills off standalone DSSD D5, scatters remains into other gear". The Register. Retrieved March 4, 2017.

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