David S. Miller

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David Stephen Miller
Born (1974-11-26) November 26, 1974 (age 43)
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Other names DaveM
Occupation Programmer
Employer Red Hat
Known for Linux Kernel, GCC

David Stephen Miller (born November 26, 1974) is an American software developer working on the Linux kernel, where he is the primary maintainer of networking and the SPARC implementation,[1][2] and is also involved in other development work. He is also a founding member of the GNU Compiler Collection steering committee.[3]


As of August 2013, Miller is #2 by number of commits to the Linux kernel, with 4898 commits since 2005.[4]

He worked at the Rutgers University Center for Advanced Information Processing,[5] at Cobalt Microserver,[6] and then Red Hat since 1999.[7][8]

SPARC porting

Miller ported the Linux kernel to the Sun Microsystems SPARC in 1996[5] with Miguel de Icaza. He has also ported Linux to the 64-bit UltraSPARC machines, including UltraSPARC T1 in early 2006[9] and later the T2 and T2+. As of 2010 he continues to maintain the sparc port (both 32-bit and 64-bit).[2]

In April 2008, Miller contributed the SPARC port of the gold, a from-scratch rewrite of the GNU linker.[10][11]

Linux networking

Miller is one of the maintainers of the Linux TCP/IP stack[1] and has been key in improving its performance in high load environments.[12] He also wrote and/or contributed to numerous network card drivers in the Linux kernel.[13][14]


David delivered the keynote at netdev 0.1 on February 16, 2015 in Ottawa.[15] He also delivered the keynote at Ottawa Linux Symposium in 2000,[16] and another keynote at Linux.conf.au in Dunedin in January 2006.[17]

He gave a talk on "Multiqueue Networking Developments in the Linux Kernel" at the July 2009 meeting of the New York Linux Users Group.[18]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "List of maintainers of the Linux kernel, section Networking, version 2.6.32". Linux kernel. lxr.linux.no -- the Linux Cross Reference. 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "List of maintainers of the Linux kernel, section SPARC, version 2.6.32". Linux kernel. lxr.linux.no -- the Linux Cross Reference. 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  3. "GCC steering committee". The GCC team / Free Software Foundation. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  4. "Ohloh Page for user 'davem' kernel contributions". Ohloh, a free public directory of open source software and people. Ohloh. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 David S. Miller, Rutgers CAIP, and Miguel de Icaza, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (1997). "The SPARC Port of Linux". Usenix Proceedings. USENIX Association. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  6. "1998 Atlanta Linux Showcase Speakers". The Atlanta Linux Showcase. 1998-10-24. Retrieved 2010-04-19. David S. Miller is an engineer at Cobalt Networks, he's been a member of the Linux kernel developer team for nearly 5 years now, and has ported it to various Sparc and MIPS platforms. He is also the current primary maintainer of the IP networking layer in the kernel and an active contributor to the EGCS compiler project. 
  7. "Excerpt from a Red Hat (RHAT) SEC S-1 filing". June 4, 1999. Archived from the original on July 8, 2008. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  8. Interview with David Miller of Red Hat. 8th Annual Linux Kernel Summit. The Linux Foundation. September 14–18, 2008. Retrieved 2010-04-19.  Archived October 10, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. "First Niagara/Linux SMP boot...". David Miller's Blog. February 17, 2006. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  10. David S. Miller (2008-04-11). "RFC PATCH: Sparc gold support". binutils at sourceware.org (Mailing list). binutils project. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  11. "revision history of the sparc source file". The Gold CVS repository. 2008-04-15 to 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-04-19.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. David S. Miller (1997-03-03). "Socket hashing patches, 5th and final installment". Linux kernel mailing list (Mailing list). lkml.org. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  13. "Source file for the sunhme kernel module". Linux Kernel. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  14. "Source file for the tg3 kernel module". Linux Kernel. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  15. "State of the union on Linux kernel networking". netdev01.org. 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-19. 
  16. "Linux Weekly News 2000 OLS report". Linux Weekly News. 2002. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  17. "Linux.conf.au 2006 programme". Linux.conf.au. 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  18. "NYLUG - July 2009 Meeting". New York Linux Users Group. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 

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