Systems, Science and FreeBSD


September 1, 2014


George Neville-Neil


Neville-Neil Consulting


What makes a platform suitable to both research and development? It is not simply the artifacts that are generated, but the tools that the platform brings to bear on evaluating the usefulness and quality of the research that is being undertaken. FreeBSD continues to push the boundaries of systems research through its adoption and extension of significant new technologies such as DTrace and LLVM.

This talk looks at how the latest tools and techniques are being applied to systems research and how the tools enable us to find deeper insights and more clearly communicate and share our results with other researchers.


George Neville-Neil

George Neville-Neil works on networking and operating system code for fun and profit. He also teaches various courses on subjects related to computer programming. His professional areas of interest include code spelunking, operating systems, networking and security. He is the co-author with Marshall Kirk McKusick and Robert Watson ofThe Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD operating system_ and is the columnist behind ACM Queue’s “Kode Vicious.” Mr. Neville-Neil earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a member of the ACM, the Usenix Association and the IEEE. He is an avid bicyclist and traveler who currently resides in New York City.