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David S. Miller

David Stephen Miller
Born (1974-11-26) November 26, 1974
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Other names DaveM
Occupation Programmer
Employer Red Hat
Known for Linux Kernel, GCC

David Stephen Miller (born November 26, 1974) is an American software developer working on the Linux kernel, where he is the primary maintainer of networking and the SPARC implementation,[1][2] and is also involved in other development work. He is also a founding member of the GNU Compiler Collection steering committee.[3]


As of August 2013, Miller is #2 by number of commits to the Linux kernel, with 4898 commits since 2005.[4]

He worked at the Rutgers University Center for Advanced Information Processing,[5] at Cobalt Microserver,[6] and then Red Hat since 1999.[7][8]

SPARC porting

Miller ported the Linux kernel to the Sun Microsystems SPARC in 1996[5] with Miguel de Icaza. He has also ported Linux to the 64-bit UltraSPARC machines, including UltraSPARC T1 in early 2006[9] and later the T2 and T2+. As of 2010 he continues to maintain the sparc port (both 32-bit and 64-bit).[2]

In April 2008, Miller contributed the SPARC port of the Gold, a from-scratch rewrite of the GNU linker.[10][11]

Linux networking

Miller is one of the maintainers of the Linux TCP/IP stack[1] and has been key in improving its performance in high load environments.[12] He also wrote and/or contributed to numerous network card drivers in the Linux kernel.[13][14]


He gave the keynote at Ottawa Linux Symposium in 2000,[15] and another keynote at in Dunedin in January, 2006.[16]

He gave a talk on "Multiqueue Networking Developments in the Linux Kernel" at the July 2009 meeting of the New York Linux Users Group.[17]


  1. ^ a b "List of maintainers of the Linux kernel, section Networking, version 2.6.32".  
  2. ^ a b "List of maintainers of the Linux kernel, section SPARC, version 2.6.32".  
  3. ^ "GCC steering committee". The GCC team /  
  4. ^ "Ohloh Page for user 'davem' kernel contributions". Ohloh, a free public directory of open source software and people.  
  5. ^ a b David S. Miller, Rutgers CAIP, and Miguel de Icaza, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (1997). "The SPARC Port of Linux". Usenix Proceedings.  
  6. ^ "1998 Atlanta Linux Showcase Speakers". The  
  7. ^ "Excerpt from a Red Hat (RHAT) SEC S-1 filing". June 4, 1999. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  8. ^ Interview with David Miller of Red Hat. 8th Annual Linux Kernel Summit (The  
  9. ^ "First Niagara/Linux SMP boot...". David Miller's Blog. February 17, 2006. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  10. ^ David S. Miller (2008-04-11). "RFC PATCH: Sparc gold support". binutils at mailing list. . Retrieved 2010-04-19.
  11. ^ "revision history of the sparc source file". The  
  12. ^ David S. Miller (1997-03-03). "Socket hashing patches, 5th and final installment". . Retrieved 2010-04-19.
  13. ^ "Source file for the sunhme kernel module".  
  14. ^ "Source file for the tg3 kernel module".  
  15. ^ "Linux Weekly News 2000 OLS report".  
  16. ^ " 2006 programme".  
  17. ^ "NYLUG - July 2009 Meeting".  

External links

  • David S. Miller's Linux Networking Homepage
  • David Miller's old blog
  • David Miller Google+ page
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