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19 August 2010, 09:29

Oracle loses another DTrace creator

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Adam Leventhal, another one of the three Sun engineers who developed DTrace, is leaving Oracle. Bryan Cantrill, another member of the team, left Oracle in July. This leaves only one of the original DTrace team – Mike Shapiro – still with Oracle. Shapiro is one of the signatories of the leaked memo which announced the closing of the OpenSolaris project.

Leventhal said, in a blog posting, that at Sun he had found himself "surrounded by superlative engineers" and that he felt lucky to have worked with Cantrill and Shapiro on DTrace. Most recently, Leventhal had been working on Fishworks, Sun's Solaris based storage system technology. Leventhal does not say what he will be doing next, only that he is "off to look for my next remarkable place and time beyond the walls of Oracle". It is possible he could follow in Cantrill's footsteps; within days of leaving, it was announced he had become Vice President of Engineering at Joyent, one of the companies involved in the OpenSolaris derivative Illumos which was launched at the beginning of August.

Update - In a comment in his blog, in response to being asked "Nexenta or Joyent" Leventhal says "none of the above".


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