D Names: Famous People in Technology

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Daines, Bernard

Daines is widely recognized as instrumental in pioneering Ethernet technology, especially the IEEE standards for Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet networking technology. In 1992, Daines co-founded Grand Junction Networks, a Fast Ethernet switch manufacturer that sold to Cisco Systems in 1995. In 1994, he founded Packet Engines, a Gigabit Ethernet routing switch manufacturer that was sold to Alcatel in 1998. In 2000, he launched World Wide Packets to develop the first cost-effective and future-proof solution for optical broadband connectivity. In 2002, Daines was elected chairman of the board of Linux NetworX.

Dell, Michael

Dell founded Dell Computer Corporation in 1984 out of his college dormitory with only $1000. Today, Dell is one of the leading computer manufacturers in the U.S. He is a member of the executive committee of the World Business Council, a vice chairman of the U.S. Business Council, and the chairman of the Computer Systems Policy Project, an affiliation of CEOs from top computer companies that advocates public policy positions on trade and technology affecting the computer industry. He also serves on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Dijkstra, Edsger

1930(b.)-2002(d.) In 1956, Dijkstra developed the “shortest-path algorithm,” later to be known as the Dijkstra algorithm, which was an algorithm to find the best way to travel between two points. In the early 1960s, Dijkstra applied the idea of mutual exclusion to communications between a computer and its keyboard, an idea that was adopted after 1964 in most processors and memory boards after IBM used it in its 360 architecture.

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This article was originally published on June 24, 2010

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