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OpenFabrics Alliance Names High-Tech Industry Veteran Paul Grun as Vice Chair

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) today announced Paul Grun as the organization’s new vice chair. Grun, representing Cray, Inc., brings a large system perspective and more than 30 years experience in server I/O including work on both large-scale storage systems and development of high performance networks. Grun has been influential within the OpenFabrics Alliance since prior to its inception and his recent posting as the OFA’s vice chair is further recognition of his significant involvement with the alliance.

Grun began his career by focusing on storage for large mainframe systems including design and deployment of early generation RAID systems. In 1996, he turned his attention to high performance networks playing a prominent role in the development of modern RDMA technology. Grun contributed to the creation of the InfiniBand™ architecture as one of Intel’s representatives to the InfiniBand® Trade Association (IBTA) and later assumed the role of chair of the IBTA’s technical working group. He also served as chair and one of the principle authors for the working group responsible for creating the RoCE (RDMA over converged Ethernet) specification. In addition to his new role as OFA vice chair, he is also serving as a director of the IBTA.

Adding to his experience in storage and networks, Grun also served as a chipset architect during his tenure at Intel which completed the third leg of the storage/network/server platform stool.

Since joining Cray, Inc. in 2012, Grun has again turned his attention toward storage, serving as a senior technologist in Cray’s storage and data management group. In addition to his focus on networks for distributed parallel storage systems, his research interests include access to shared data over long distance networks.

“Paul is a proven professional in the high-tech industry and brings with him years of experience working in the strategic application of I/O technology, solving enterprise problems and creating advanced datacenters for the enterprise and government industries,” said Jim Ryan, chairman, OFA. “I am pleased that Paul has offered his time and expertise to serve as the OpenFabrics Alliance’s vice chair and am honored to be working side-by-side with him to ensure the continued success of the alliance.”

Grun holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in economics from Syracuse University. He holds a number of patents related to novel applications of RDMA technology.

About the OpenFabrics Alliance

The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is a 501(c) (6) non-profit company that develops, tests, licenses and distributes the OpenFabrics Software (OFS) – multi-platform, high-performance, low-latency and energy-efficient open-source RDMA software. OpenFabrics Software is used in business, operational, research and scientific infrastructures that require fast fabrics/networks, efficient storage and low-latency computing. OFS is free and is included in major Linux distributions, as well as Microsoft Windows Server 2012. In addition to developing and supporting this RDMA software, the Alliance delivers training, workshops and interoperability testing to ensure all releases meet multivendor enterprise requirements for security, reliability and efficiency. For more information about the OFA, visit www.openfabrics.org.

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