Andrea Arcangeli is well known for having completely rewritten and stabilized the virtual memory subsystem in the 2.4 Linux kernel. Many were surprised when Linus Torvalds merged Andrea’s VM into 2.4.10, but the new memory subsystem has long since proved itself. Andrea is a 27 year old Linux kernel hacker living in Italy and working for SUSE.In an interview on KernelTrap, Andrea reflects back on his first exposure to Linux, his first contributions to the kernel, and the meaning of the GPL. He describes his VM work in great detail, both that which is in the 2.4 mainline kernel, as well as his object-based reverse mapping work that can be found in his 2.6-aa patchset. He also discusses his plans for the 2.7 development kernel, describes a possible alternative to kernel preemption that could reduce average latency, talks about his non-kernel hobbies, and much more.
Interview: Andrea Arcangeli
Submitted by Jeremy Andrews 2004-05-18 Linux 9 Comments
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Thank you Andrea for all your hard work.
I read part of the interview. He is a good guy who has done more valuable work than many doctorates out there, and he only has a HS diploma. I hope he never gets his degree, because this is another guy you can trust to do the job. Give him money instead!
“I hope he never gets his degree, because this is another guy you can trust to do the job.”
What, are people with college degrees untrustworthy or something?
Hmm I`d trust a degree holder before i trust someone who thought that getting a degree was a waste of time :0)
now that’s a new topic – the discussion of class and almost everything else has been analysed to eternity, but class and computing… hmmm… now that is an interesting thought.
thank you “….”, whoever you are, you have opened my eyes to a phenomenon I have been blind to. being of a marxist mould, i am surprised by my initial observations that the the heros and heroines of the open source world have largely been from the modest end of the economic spectrum.
and to add a zest of lemon to the fire, i wonder if scott mcnealy, william gates the second, or darl mcbride were meddle class… or aim to be?
Could you, like, post your thoughts in one post instead of four? This is getting on my nerves, especially since your nickname is so telling.
It may (or may not) come as a surprise to the rest of the world, but actually italian high schools are rather good: I have often heard of foreing teachers amazed to see the level of teaching in italian school (all levels, as a matter of fact).
And the same goes for University education. Unfortunately in italy there is close to zero money for research, so more often than not italian fresh PhDs will go to the USA and become renowned researchers.
(from Italy, of course)
I think I like this guy. Not only is he a good coder, but he seems very intelligent as well. I especially like how he sees the benefits of trusted computing, and hopes to see more support for it in Linux. There might just be hope for this OS after all…
Not that I agree with his POV regarding the BSDL. His argument against it is tired and flawed.
Still, neat guy.