Sun Technology Pioneers Panel
September 28th, Main Stage, Burlingame, CA
Sun's culture fostered innovation and the freedom to create what had not been imagined.
This lively panel moderated by John Gage with Sun's technology pioneers as they
shared their views on how Sun technologies helped transformed the industry and continues
to do so today.
- John Gage, moderator - Chief Scientist Human Needs Project; Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems
- Andy Bechtolsheim - Cofounder, Chief Development Officers and Chairman, Arista Networks; Co-Founder Sun Microsystems
- James Gosling - Distinguished Engineer, Amazon Web Services; Father of Java
- Bill Joy - Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems
- Eric Schmidt - Technical Advisor, Alphabet, Inc.; Former CTO Sun Microsystems
Bios of the Panel:
Andy Bechtolsheim was a Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, where he was responsible
for industry standard server architecture. He is an electrical engineer, entrepreneur, investor and self-made
billionaire, having founded several companies. Today he is the Co-Founder, Chief Development Officer and Chairman of Arista Networks.
John Gage was a co-founder of Sun Microsystems and the Chief Researcher and Director of the Science Office until 2008.
He has served on scientific advisory panels for the US National Research Council and the US National Academy of Sciences.
Most recently, he served on the National Academy Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security and
the Markle Task Force on National Security, whose reports helped in reorganizing US intelligence agencies.
James Gosling was a VP & Fellow at Sun Microsystems. His early activity was as lead engineer of the NeWS window system.
He did the original design of the Java programming language. He has been a contributor to the Real-Time Specification for Java,
and a researcher at Sun Labs where his primary interest was software development tools.
In 2017 he joined Amazon Web Services where he is currently a Distinguished Engineer. Learn more.
Dubbed the "Edison of the Internet" by Fortune
magazine, Bill Joy is one of luminaries of tech.
At Berkeley, he played an integral role in developing the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) of UNIX.
In 1982, Joy was brought into Sun Microsystems to build software for a cheap but powerful system, called the SUN workstation
and to take UNIX to industry.
Joy was a key contributor to the SPARC microprocessor and inspired the development of Java and Solaris.
Dr. Eric Schmidt is the technical advisor to the board of Alphabet,
responsible for advising the CEOs and leadership on business and policy issues.
Prior to Alphabet, Eric was the chairman of Google Inc. and before that Google's chief executive officer.
Eric was also the chairman and CEO of Novell and the Chief Technology Officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Eric was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007.
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