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Linux Kernel Maintainer Mike Snitzer Joins Hammerspace

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SAN MATEO, Calif. – June 4, 2024Hammerspace, the company orchestrating the next data cycle, today announced the appointment of Mike Snitzer, a long-time leader in the Linux kernel community, as Senior Principal Software Engineer. Snitzer joins Trond Myklebust, Hammerspace CTO, as the second Linux kernel maintainer on the Hammerspace engineering staff.

Snitzer has 24 years of experience developing software for Linux and high-performance computing clusters and will focus on Linux kernel development for Hammerspace’s Global Data Platform. 

“I am particularly excited to contribute to the most compelling advancement of distributed file systems in the past 20 years,” said Snitzer. “I am very impressed with the design and architecture of Hammerspace’s software, and the prospect of joining a talented team with highly respected technologists like David Flynn and Trond Myklebust drew me to Hammerspace.  I’m looking forward to helping realize the full extent of their shared vision.” 

For over a decade, Snitzer has been the maintainer of the upstream Linux kernel’s Device Mapper (DM) subsystem. He has presented at a number of technical and open source conferences, including The Linux Foundation’s End User Summit, and the Linux Storage, Filesystem, Memory Management & BPF Summit. 

Additionally, Snitzer spent 15 years at Red Hat as a Senior Principal Software Engineer, where he was a member of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) kernel storage team, and the upstream Linux and RHEL kernel maintainer of the DM subsystem. He also served at IBRIX, Inc. as a Senior Software Engineer, Kernel, where he developed and maintained the company’s physical file system, and maintained IBRIX’s Linux kernel. 

“Mike’s Linux expertise and position as a Linux subsystem maintainer will be a tremendous asset to the Hammerspace team,” said Myklebust, Chief Technology Officer at Hammerspace and Linux NFS client Kernel Maintainer. 

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