Peter Braam

Principal of Braam Research, Braam Research
Nederland, CO, United States

About Peter


Dr Peter Braam was the founder and CEO of Cluster File Systems, Inc
which, without outside investments, developed the Lustre file system. Lustre now powers almost half of the worlds top 100 computers and has achieved outstanding bandwidth and scalability goals. CFS and Lustre were acquired by Sun in Oct 2007, where Peter now served as a vice president finishing the transition and advising Sun on storage software strategy.

Peter is a specialist in distributed file systems, best known for his work on the Lustre project and on the Coda and InterMezzo file systems, which all wan awards at the LinuxWorld, Open Source and Super Computing conventions.

He received his PhD in 1987 in pure mathematics and subsequently worked with Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners while holding tenured faculty positions at Utah and Oxford where he began to teach Computer Science in 1992. He joined Carnegie Mellon's faculty in 1996 where he led the Coda project for 3 years. In 1999 he began to commit most of his time to the Linux industry as a part time Cluster and File Systems Architect for Red Hat. Peter has a strong interest in software design and architecture methodology and works on this with the SEI.

Currently Peter is doing research in next generation storage systems.

When not at work he enjoys his family, reads passionately or climbs mountains.

Areas of Expertise

Everything software, Running companies


Utrecht University

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